When you're a postgraduate student, above all you need a community of like-minded people around you. Edinburgh has one of the largest groups of art history postgraduates in the UK. At any one time we have around 100 postgraduates enrolled on taught and research degree programmes in the history of art, in addition to the 200 or so postgraduates in often closely-related disciplines elsewhere in ECA. That's a big community, and it's represented in a wealth of events and activities run by and for postgraduates.
TAUGHT PROGRAMMES Our taught MSc (Masters) programmes include Art of the Global Middle Ages; Renaissance and Early Modern Studies; History of Art, Theory and Display; and Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating, Criticism. Whether you are looking for a degree to supplement previous study or a preliminary to PhD study, our programmes give you a broad spectrum of skills, training, knowledge and experience, so you to cope with the demands of the discipline and improve your employment prospects. Students are taught by leading experts in their fields, engaged in cutting-edge research. Many have considerable involvement in curating exhibitions, organizing international networks and conferences, and supervising research students. Classes mainly take the form of small-group seminars, in which discussion and debate is positively encouraged. Each programme also has a thesis, a piece of original research, supervised by a specialist in the chosen topic.
For most Masters students a highlight of the Edinburgh experience is the opportunity to include in their programmes an internship (work placement) in one of Edinburgh’s internationally renowned museums or art-related organisations. The city holds exceptionally rich collections of works of art, including Old Master paintings and drawings, medieval objects of all kinds, Chinese and Islamic decorative arts, and outstanding examples of twentieth-century painting, sculpture and graphic art. There is also a thriving culture of exhibitions and commercial galleries, helping to make Edinburgh one of the most dynamic centres for pursuing History of Art.
RESEARCH PROGRAMMES You can also study for a Research Masters (1 year full time) or a PhD (3 years full time). Research degrees allow you to take a research project to its logical conclusion. Supervised by a specialist in the research area, they provide maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. To ensure the timely and successful completion of the degree, each programme includes a package of research skills.