Art History

Trinity College Dublin

12 months
14858 EUR/year
7214 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This taught Masters course (1 year full–time or 2 years part–time) offers students a wide range of art-historical approaches to the art and architecture of Ireland and the abundant holdings of European and World art in Ireland. 


It is an opportunity to study modern and contemporary Irish art, the rich holdings of religious art in Ireland, the links between Irish and European art, and Ireland’s built heritage. The course provides students with the art–historical skills, methodologies, and theoretical approaches essential to advanced research, analysis, documentation, and digitisation. Throughout all modules, there is a strong emphasis on direct engagement with works of art in public and private collections. Students will be expected to think critically about the interpretation of objects using a range of methodological approaches and to conduct independent research. The M.Phil. in Art History is a unique opportunity to undertake advanced study in the history of art in Ireland and provides a strong foundation for those considering doctoral research or careers working in museums, galleries, and auction houses, as well as in education, cultural media and heritage.

A central element of the course is a module in research methods that explores the principal sources and methodologies applicable to advanced study in the history of art. In addition, students choose four electives that offer detailed engagement with particular periods and media. These modules cover subjects such as: Medieval Monastic Ireland; Interpreting Ireland’s Built Heritage; Ireland and France, 1800–2000; Religious Art in Ireland; Themes and Agendas in Modern and Contemporary Irish Art; and Medieval Manuscripts in Irish Collections. The taught modules prepare students to undertake a substantial research dissertation of 15,000–20,000 words on a selected subject under the supervision of a member of staff.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Medieval Manuscripts in Irish Collections
  • Medieval Monastic Ireland
  • Religious Art in Ireland
  • Interpreting Ireland's Built Heritage
  • Ireland and France, c. 1800-c.2000
  • The Art and Agency of the Printed Image in Ireland from the 1800s
  • Themes and Agendas in Modern and Contemporary Irish Art

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 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.
Upper Second Class

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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).
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants should normally have at least an upper second class (2.1) honors Bachelor degree or equivalent (for example, GPA of 3.3) in a relevant area. An undergraduate degree in art history is preferable but not essential. Since places on the course are limited, applicants may be interviewed or asked to submit a writing sample for assessment.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14858 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14858 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7214 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7214 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part time feeNational -€  5951International -€ 10047


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