12 months
15100 GBP/year
8560 GBP/year
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Encounter different approaches to photographic history, including cultural history, politics, heritage, digital diplomacy, and history of science and technology, while enhancing your research skills on this online Photographic History distance learning course at De Montfort University.


Photography has shaped the way in which we imagine the recent past as well as the experience of life in many present-day societies and cultures. Addressing a range of sources, such as archival photographic materials and manuscripts, digital databases, and current critical texts in the field, the Photographic History MA will provide you with the practical and conceptual skills needed to explore wide ranging professional, scientific and amateur photographic practices.

The internationally renowned teaching staff bring with them outstanding links with major photographic collections, archives, galleries and museums worldwide. Networking with the Photographic History Research Centre’s (PHRC) vibrant research environment, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between photography, history, society and culture, and enhance your critical and research skills.

Aimed mainly at social, cultural and visual historians, conservationists, archivists, visual sociologists and visual anthropologists, the Photographic History MA De Montfort University will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the cultural sector as well as for further study.

Key features

  • Flexible module choice allows you to pursue your studies at your own pace, while working around your work, family and other commitments.
  • Engage with digital and analogue photographic histories, practices, images, theories and research methodologies.
  • Investigate social and cultural roles in photography throughout its history as well as its significance in present-day cultures and societies.
  • Gain professional experience with our Fieldwork module which offers the opportunity to work on an independent project for a photographic organisation.
  • Advance your research through a dissertation or heritage project.
  • Work alongside a renowned team of expert scholars from the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) and beyond.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Learning Photographic History Online
  • Photographic Historiography
  • Photography and the Arts
  • Photography, Science and Technology
  • Photography, Ethics and Emotions
  • Material Histories 1830s to 1930s
  • Material Histories 1930s to Now
  • Photography and Politics
  • Photography and Digital Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You should have the equivalent of a 2.2 or above UK bachelor’s honours degree in a relevant subject such as history, museum studies, art history, photography and lens based media, history of science, heritage studies or literature.
  • We welcome applications from a wide sector and all non-standard applications will be carefully considered.
  • Non-standard applicants will be invited to attend an interview.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15100 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8560 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • UK: £715 per 15 credits
  • International: £7,550 per year, or £1,258 per 15 credit module


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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