History of Art and Visual Culture, M.Sc. | University of Cambridge | Cambridge, United Kingdom
M.Sc. On Campus

History of Art and Visual Culture

24 months
11812 GBP/year
6750 GBP/year
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This two-year, part-time Master’s programme at the University of Cambridge is designed for those who wish to study at postgraduate level and are keen to develop high-level skills in History of Art and Visual Culture.


Aims of the Programme

Knowledge and understandingBy the end of the course students at the University of Cambridge should have demonstrated:
  • A deep and systematic understanding of History of Art and Visual Culture and their interrelationships with other disciplines;
  • An understanding of current theoretical and methodological approaches and how they affect the way that knowledge is interpreted;
  • Conceptual understanding in order to evaluate critically current research in the discipline and to critique methodologies, where appropriate proposing new hypotheses;
  • The extension and development of their visual analytical, evaluative and critical capacities;
  • Originality in the application of their knowledge, having developed the ability to form independent judgements based on their close visual analysis and object study, reading, research and writing;
  • A comprehensive understanding of techniques, knowledge and analysis applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship (in this case the dissertation).
Skills and other attributesBy the end of the course, the students should have acquired or consolidated:
  • The academic, technical and ancillary skills necessary to participate in critical debates within the field of history of art and visual culture, dealing with complex issues both systematically and creatively and making sound judgments in the absence of complete data;
  • Self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems, and the ability to act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a professional or equivalent level;
  • Transferable skills, including the ability to take responsibility for their own learning, decision-making in unpredictable situations, making oral and written presentations to both specialist and non-specialist audiences, planning and producing written assignments, working independently, and, where they have chosen to do so, using different types of technology;
  • The ability to formulate a research topic, create a research design, and communicate their ideas and research conclusions in a substantial piece of postgraduate level research.

Programme Structure

To complete Year 1 successfully students must pass at least two of the three assessed essays and reach an average pass mark of 60% across the three. Students who achieve this can progress to Year 2, where they research and write a dissertation on a topic of their choice, subject to the approval of the Degree Committee of the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. Dissertation work is individually supervised and is assessed following the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art’s common examinations handbook (except where a case is made for alignment with common MSt protocols). The dissertation must reach the pass mark of 60%. 

Courses include:

  • Thematic approaches to understanding art
  • Research, Sources and Methods
  • Dissertation research

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants for this course will normally have achieved a UK 2.i honours degree or overseas equivalent. 
  • References 
  • Transcripts
  • Research proposal
  • Personal statement

Tuition Fee

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    11812 GBP/year
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    Based on the tuition of 11812 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    6750 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6750 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Cambridge

846 - 1465 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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