Art History MRes

 
  

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Qualification
MRes Art History
Duration
1 year full-time | 2 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in art history or a related subject.
IELTS
7.0 (6.0) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
September 2017
Campus
University Park
School/department
Department of History of Art
MRes Art History
Other requirements

Research overview

The masters degree by research (MRes) will appeal to students who possess a sound understanding of the subject and have developed a clear idea of a research topic. 

All research topics are paired with relevant expertise resident in the department, and prospective students are required to identify a possible supervisor in advance. The ultimate aim of the MRes is produce an original 35,000-word dissertation. Academic work of this nature requires a definite skill-set. Therefore, the design of the course includes two key elements to help students develop key analytical and research skills, and to help introduce them to the wider postgraduate community in the Department of History of Art.

As an MRes student, you will spend the first semester studying the core module 'Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture'; this covers a range of methodological themes and introduces various approaches to research. This material will help you to develop your approach to your research topic.

The MRes offers an invaluable opportunity to work on material that might well form part of a future PhD thesis. In this sense, an MRes, as a substantial piece of original academic work, might well prove to be a decisive advantage when seeking future funding for doctoral study.

Both MRes programmes require the completion of 180 credits, made up of:

  • Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture module (first semester, 30 credits)
  • Dissertation (35,000 words, second semester and summer term, 150 credits)

Staff research covers a wide range of topics from Renaissance to contemporary. Themes we engage with include:

  • the Renaissance city
  • art and travel in the 18th and 19th centuries
  • French art and Revolution
  • landscape and British art
  • Italian landscapes in art and film
  • 20th-century North American photography and visual culture
  • Surrealism and its legacies. 
More details are available through the staff pages on the 

department's webpage.

 

Facilities

The department is located in the new Humanities Building, in University Park. This also houses the Digital Humanities Centre, which offers key resources in reproduction and image research. The department also has strong connections to the University's Djanogly Gallery, where staff have curated a number of exhibitions, demonstrating our commitment to dissemination, and also working with works of art (e.g. And now it’s dark: American Night Photography; Trentside, Rubens and Italian Art; Ruination: photographs of Rome)

Previous exhibitions have included: Edward Burra (2012), L.S.Lowry (2011), The British Art Show (2006), Graham Sutherland (2006), John Piper (2003), The Golden Age of Watercolour (2002), Rubens and Italian Art (2002), Trentside (2001), Typical Men: Photography of the Male Body by Men 1980 to 2000 (2001), The Artist's Model from Etty to Spencer (1999), as well as exhibitions by Hermione Wiltshire (2000) and Hughie O'Donoghue (2001). 

Staff are well-connected to the city's institutions of contemporary art and culture, Nottingham Contemporary, and New Art Exchange.

 

IT Facilities 

Postgraduate study spaces equipped with PCs and printers. The computers are connected to the University's data network which, in turn, is connected to JANET (the UK's Joint Academic NETwork) and thus to the world wide Internet. 

 

 

Research support

The department's lively research culture includes regular research seminars, which offer the chance to hear visiting scholars from elsewhere in the UK and from overseas as well as opportunities for staff and postgraduates to present research in progress in a friendly and constructive environment. These occasions also allow postgraduate students to broaden their knowledge of the subject and gain a better sense of how research develops as part of an interactive process. 

Research students at The University of Nottingham have access to an extensive range of modules provided by The Graduate School, including 'The Tradition of Critique' and general modules such as 'Getting Going on Your Thesis', and beginners language courses. 
AHRC Doctoral Award-holders will complete a portfolio of research training provision, to be devised in consultation with their supervisor and the Head of Postgraduate Studies. 

Research students may also attend the research training module that is a compulsory element of our MA degrees. This module will give you a strong foundation in the skills and techniques necessary for effective research in the subject 

Postgraduate students in the department may also register for the Academic German course run by the School of Humanities. This course is designed to provide research students who have little or no experience in this language with the skills to use German in their research. 

A number of University support services exist to assist you during your time at Nottingham and beyond. The Students' Union is a particularly important source of support.

 

Find a supervisor

We encourage you to get in touch with a member of academic staff about your research proposal before submitting an application. They may be able to help you with your proposal and offer support to find funding opportunities in your area.

Details of research supervisors can be found on the Department of History of Art website.

 

Funding

UK/EU Students

Competitive scholarships available include:

  • MA Scholarships
  • PhD Scholarships
  • Department MA Studentships
  • School Overseas Research Scholarship

This is by no means a complete list. For up-to-date information and application forms on these and other funding opportunities, please visit the funding section of the department’s website.

The University’s International Office has a wide range of scholarship opportunities for students an EU fee status, including a fee reduction for alumni, and EU and Accession State Scholarships. 

The University Graduate School operates funding schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of masters scholarships for international and EU students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your masters course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Visit the department page for additional opportunities

Average starting salary and career progression

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers.*

Consequently - and owing to our reputation for excellence - over 95% of postgraduates from the Faculty of Arts entered employment, voluntary work or further study during the first six months after graduation in 2015. The average starting salary was £20,250 with the highest being £33,000.** 

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research. 
**Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2014/15. Salaries are calculated based on those in full-time paid employment within the UK. 

Career Prospects and Employability

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service. Individual guidance appointments, career management training programme, access to resources and invitations to events including skills workshops and recruitment fairs are just some of the ways in which they can help you develop your full potential, whether you choose to continue within an academic setting or are looking at options outside of academia.  
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

Claire Croal
Department of History of Art
The University of Nottingham
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Nottingham
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