Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture

School of Advanced Study, University of London

12 months
15545 GBP/year
6965 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture is offered by the Warburg Institute in collaboration with the National Gallery, London. 


The programme combines the study of artworks and their cultural contexts with high-level linguistic, archive and research skills for a new generation of academic art historians and museum curators. The art historical and scholarly traditions of the Warburg Institute are linked to the practical experience and skills of the National Gallery to provide an academic programme which will equip students either as academic art historians with serious insight into the behind-the-scenes working of a great museum or as curators with the research skills necessary for high-level museum work.

Mode of study

12 months full-time.

This course is also available as an MRes for those students who wish to research and write on a complex, specialised area of Renaissance art and culture 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 Art History and Renaissance Culture here.

This course is also available as a Postgraduate Certificate. This course is ideal for students who have an interest in art history and Renaissance culture, and who are looking for an intellectual challenge but cannot commit to a full MA. The course focuses on complex ideas and arguments related to the production and understanding of works of art and Renaissance cultural history. Find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Art History and Renaissance Culture here.

Visit the Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture (MA) page on the University of London, School of Advanced Study website for more details!

Programme Structure

The course is structured around five related activities:

  • Art history and Renaissance culture
  • Museum knowledge
  • Language, palaeographical and archive skills
  • A dissertation of 15,000 words
  • Participation in the broader intellectual activities of the Warburg Institute and National Gallery

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

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.

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