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How to apply for the MPhil in History of Art & Architecture

Course requirements:

Candidates accepted for this course will have a 1st class or a high 2i honours degree in History of Art or a related discipline. Please note: that this is a research degree with taught methodological elements, not a conversion course for students whose first degree lies in another subject.

The University requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level before they begin their proposed course of study. Adherence to this requirement is strict, especially for candidates on one-year courses. You must be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate in English at a level and in an idiom suitable to the subject. You will, therefore, need to provide evidence that you meet the University’s minimum requirements for competence in English. For further information see Graduate Admissions Office.

The Department of History of Art places particular emphasis upon competence in foreign languages required for work in the chosen area of specialization. Language tuition in Latin and modern foreign languages is available, but students who already possess the necessary language skills will be better prepared to undertake the course.

How to Make an Application for the MPhil in History of Art & Architecture:
 
If you do meet the course requirements, you are recommended to consult the list of our academic staff and their research interests (see below for links to information about each member of our team). If an academic member of staff has relevant research interests to your own, please email them directly with a short research proposal of about 300 words, an example of your writing and a CV to determine whether they are potentially available to work with you as a supervisor before you make a formal application.  See:
 
Professor Paul Binski (on sabbatical leave 2016-17) - Medieval art and architecture 
 
Dr Rosalind (Polly) Blakesley - Russian and European Art, 18th-early 20th century 
 
Dr Donal Cooper - Italian late Medieval and Renaissance art 

Dr Alyce Mahon  - C20th art, especially Surrealism, performance and feminist art practice 
 
Dr Alexander Marr - European and British art and architecture, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries 
 
Dr Frank Salmon - British and European Architecture, 17th-19th century 

Professor Caroline Van Eck – European architecture and the figurative arts.  Art, agency and living presence, interactions between rhetoric and the visual arts, architectural theory from Vitruvius to the end of the 19th century, and the work of Aby Warburg.
 
You are recommended to only make a formal application via the University’s Graduate Admissions Office, once an academic member of staff has confirmed that they would be interested to consider a formal application. Please note that an offer of admission to the University is subject to final approval by the University's Graduate Admissions Office. Do not assume that you will be made an offer on the grounds that your prospective supervisor has suggested you make a formal application – this just represents the first stage of admission administration.
 
All applications must be made via the Applicant Portal available on the Graduate Admissions Office website. It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application. If you are already a current graduate student at Cambridge you will be referred to as a ‘Continuer’ on the Graduate Admissions Office website.

You will need to arrange for the following documents to be submitted with your application:

  • Academic Reference(s) 
  • A Personal Reference will only be required if you are applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship
  • Transcript
  • Evidence of Competence in English if English is not your first language
  • Sample of Work - this could be a journal publication or a chapter from your undergraduate dissertation
  • Research Proposal of 1000 - 1500 words should consist of a topic and a hypothesis, a literature review, a statement on method, and key references

Application Deadlines

The MPhil in History of Art & Architecture commences in October each year and applications for the course can be made from the preceding September.  All applications must be made via the Applicant Portal available on the Graduate Admissions Office website. It is important that you read through the information available on the Graduate Admissions Office website before submitting your application.

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 6 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2017.  No applications will be considered after this deadline.

Course Fees

Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office

Funding

If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition.  Please check the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for information and application deadlines. 

After your Application is Submitted
 
When the application reaches the Department, it will be considered by the Department’s Graduate Admissions Team. Applicants may be invited for an interview in Cambridge or, via Skype if it is not possible to travel to Cambridge.  The Faculty’s Degree Committee will then consider the application and make a recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office as to whether an offer of a place on the course should be made, and if so, with what academic conditions.

Please be aware that this process may take several months. You can check the status of your application at any time via your Applicant Portal.

Full information about making your application, fees and funding opportunities is provided on the Graduate Admissions Office website pages.

For further information on graduate admission to the Department of History of Art contact: Grad.enquiries@aha.cam.ac.uk

At a Glance

Course length and dates:

9 months full-time, October start. Not available on a part-time basis.

Examination:

Two essays and a dissertation not exceeding 15,000 words.

Academic requirement:

A first-class or high upper-second-class degree in the History of Art, or a closely related subject.

English language requirement:

See: Graduate Admissions Office  

Applications accepted from:

The preceding September.

Application Deadlines: 

The final deadline for applicants seeking funding is 4 January 2017, but earlier deadlines will apply (for example if you are an overseas applicant from outside of the EU). Even if you are not seeking funding, we strongly recommend that you submit your application by 4 January, as no applications will be accepted once this competitive and popular programme is full.

If places are still available on programmes beyond this deadline; self-funded applicants will continue to be considered until the final deadline of 31 May 2017.  No applications will be considered after this deadline.

Course Fees:

Information relating to the fee for this course is available from the Graduate Admissions Office  

Funding:

If you are seeking funding for your course via one of the University’s main funding competitions, there are specific deadlines and eligibility criteria for each competition.  Please check the Funding Section of the Graduate Admissions Office website for information and application deadlines.