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The School of Art at Aberystwyth University offers one-year full-time (two-year part-time) MPhil in Art History. 

The courses are designed for students who seek to undertake sustained study to generate original research in a specified field.

The teaching of art at Aberystwyth is now in its 90th year and our splendidly restored Edwardian building celebrates its centenary. The School is well equipped with large studios, print workshops, darkrooms, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, a MacSuite, galleries, archive room and Museum. 

Set in its own grounds, this Edwardian listed building was completely refurbished in 1993 and adapted to meet the needs of today’s fine art education, while retaining many of its original features. As such, it is an elegant symbol of our aim to marry tradition with contemporaneity.

Typical Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements MA Art History, or equivalent, and submission of a satisfactory portfolio.

English Language Requirements IELTS 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent

Other Requirements Applicants should submit a full research proposal at the point of application

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Course Overview

We offer a stimulating environment for postgraduate study and research in both fine art and art history. We are committed to art as an intellectual pursuit and a professional discipline; one which requires training, skill and practice as well as individual creativity. Students are chosen for their appropriateness to the professional and research interest of staff, and much of the tuition is by means of regular individual tutorials.

Art History Research Areas

  • European art and visual culture since 1700, especially British and French
  • Art in Wales
  • History of printmaking, book illustration or photography
  • Curating and collecting practices
  • Ephemera as documents of everyday life
  • Narrative and narratology.

Teaching & Learning

Your study will advance through individual tutorials with a supervisor with whom you negotiate an action plan and a programme of independent research.