University of Oxford

History of Art Department

Taught Postgraduates

The Department of the History of Art, which operates within the Faculty of History, is a vibrant centre for postgraduate students.  It offers a one-year taught postgraduate M.St. degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture.  (M.St., ‘Master of Studies’, is the distinctive name for what elsewhere is often called ‘MA’).  Students admitted to this programme do not necessarily have to have a first degree in art history, and we welcome applicants from a broad range of backgrounds.  The programme is suitable both as preparation for further research and as a postgraduate qualification in its own right.  In addition to a rigorous training in methodology, students take one two-term optional course, and research and write a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic they choose, approved and supervised by a scholar with relevant specialist expertise.  Lists of past student dissertation topics.

All postgraduate students take part in the Department’s Research Seminar, and in the huge range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary seminars which make Oxford an outstandingly exciting setting for the study of History of Art.

For further information please see the course outlines on the right-hand side of this page.  For details about the application process please consult the graduate admissions section of the History Faculty website and the History of Art page of the online prospectus.

It is possible to visit the Department for a short informal tour by prior arrangement.  Please email admin(at)


M.St. Degree in the History of Art and Visual Culture


Optional courses running in 2017-18: 


Optional courses offered in other years:


Please note: courses will be confirmed as running in the course of the academic year.  Applicants are asked to give a preliminary option course choice in their application; students will be asked for two confirmed choices before commencing their studies.  Due to numbers, it is not always possible to guarantee first choice.

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History of Art Department
University of Oxford
Suite 9, Littlegate House
St Ebbe’s, Oxford
OX1 1PT, United Kingdom

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