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.
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Programme StructureCourses 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
- 12 months
- 24 months
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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.
International14858 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14858 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA7214 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 7214 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
Part time feeNational -€ 5951International -€ 10047
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