Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History

School of Advanced Study, University of London

12 months
15545 GBP/year
6965 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Warburg Institute MA in Cultural and Intellectual History aims to equip students for interdisciplinary research in the late medieval and early modern period, with a particular emphasis on the reception of the classical tradition. The programme combines the study of images and texts, art history, philosophy, the history of science, European literature and the impact of religion on society. 


Working with text in its original language is an important part of this programme and we welcome those with language skills and those with interests in learning languages. During this twelve-month, full-time course, students will improve their knowledge of classical and/or European languages and will acquire the library and archival skills essential for research on primary texts. Although it is a qualification in its own right, the MA is also designed to provide training for further research at doctoral level. It is taught through classes and supervision by members of the academic staff of the Institute and by outside teachers. The teaching staff are leading academics in their field who have published widely and are involved in research related to the topics they teach. 

Mode of study

This course can be taken over 12 months full-time or 24 months part-time.

This course is also available as an MRes, ideal for students who wish to research and write on a complex, specialised area of cultural, intellectual, and visual history that interests them, while still having the support of taught modules to help develop the theoretical and methodological skills necessary for such a project. Find out more about the MRes in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History on our website.

This course is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate, ideal for students that have an interest in cultural, intellectual, and visual history, who are looking for an intellectual challenge but do not want to commit to a full MA. The course focuses on the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with an emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity. Find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History on our website.

Visit the MA in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History page on the University of London, School of Advanced Study website for more details!

Programme Structure

Core modules: term 1
  • Explore European early modern social and religious life, intellectual ideas and visual culture. Students develop skills in the analysis of primary texts, images and key secondary material in the field of cultural and intellectual history.

Optional modules: term 2 (two to be chosen)

  • Artistic Intentions 1400 to 1700
  • The History of the Book in the Renaissance
  • Islamic Authorities and Arabic Elements in the Renaissance
  • Music and the Arts in the Late Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • Italian Mural Painting and the Making of Visual Cultures 
  • Mapping Worlds: Medieval to Modern
  • Renaissance Material Culture 
  • Sin and Sanctity in the Reformation

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Degree transcripts/certificates.
  • References.
  • English language requirements.
  • Personal identification.
  • Personal Statement.
  • Academic Writing Sample.
  • Research Proposal.
  • CV.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15545 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15545 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6965 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6965 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

A non-refundable application fee of £50 will need to be paid before your application can be considered.


The School of Advanced Study has a range of funding opportunities for home, EU and international applicants. 

The Warburg Institute accepts applications from taught master’s degree students for bursaries that offset some or all of the cost of student fees and, occasionally, maintenance costs. There is no fixed award and applications are considered by the Bursaries Committee of the Institute on the basis of individual student financial need. The bursaries are funded by the generosity of the American Friends of the Warburg Institute, the Saxl Fund, and the Warburg Charitable Trust.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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