The MPhil is a research-focused degree. The award of this degree mainly depends on the thesis completed within the given study period. An MPhil thesis should be on a well-defined topic, at a standard considerably higher than that of an MA thesis. The few required MPhil courses are designed to enhance students’ teaching and research skills. They are of a qualifying nature, which means they are assessed on a pass/fail basis and not be counted towards the assessment of the degree itself. On the other hand, the MA is a taught master’s degree, which focuses more on coursework.
Postgraduate programmes of this department are best suited to applicants who have previous study of art history, or in a related field such as History or Literature. Intending applicants are expected to have already selected a field, or fields, of study. If you have not established your field of study, or do not have the requisite background you may be better served by applying to an M.A. programme at another university.
If the prospective MPhil student is able to demonstrate one’s capability in undertaking art history research, his/ her application will still be welcome. However, prospective PhD students are expected to have not only a thorough grounding in art history, or a related discipline, but also the experience of independent research in an MA or MPhil programme
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You should first contact our Department’s Postgraduate Coordinator. In the email, please provide your CV; indicate your preferred research topic and potential supervisor.
Those interested in applying should first contact our Department’s Postgraduate Coordinator, as noted in the previous entry.
A research proposal should include:
a) a clear thesis that states the purpose of your research;
b) discussion on the current field of study ;
c) explanation on the significance of your future research;
d) a bibliography;
e) a timetable (to show how you plan to delegate time on research, local and abroad, on writing and coursework over the given period of study)
Applicants admitted to the M.Phil. and Ph.D. as full-time candidates are automatically offered a Postgraduate Scholarship (PGS). All of our postgraduate students receive funding to cover both tuition and living expenses.
Please visit the Graduate School website for details.