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Graduate Admissions

Teaching

Teaching is delivered through a series of seminars held in the Faculty during the Michaelmas (autumn) and Lent (spring) terms, focusing on salient critical and theoretical issues in the discipline, and organised into two parallel strands in each term. The seminars include presentations by MPhil students and other research students. Students may either take one option in each term, or follow the same course throughout.

A taught course in visual culture offered at MPhil level by another university department (eg Classics, English, History, Modern and Medieval Languages) may be undertaken in addition to one of the two taught courses, with the approval of your supervisor and the Degree Committee of the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. This needs to be discussed and arranged at the beginning of the Michaelmas term.

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake independent reading and study, in order to consolidate what is under discussion in the seminars. In addition, they attend the Department’s weekly public graduate research seminar organised by the graduate students, the Department's fortnightly medieval seminars and other lectures and seminars in the Department and elsewhere in the University. 

One to one supervision

Students will have their supervisors confirmed at the beginning of their course in October. Students are given regular individual research supervision by their supervisor throughout the year. They should expect to meet their supervisor for 60 minutes regularly in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms typically once every two weeks.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Students are expected to attend their two selected taught seminar courses and the Department's weekly seminars (approximately 12 per term). Students typically spend at least 30 hours per term for the first two terms attending mandatory seminars.

Lectures

Attending lectures is optional but students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of lectures offered in the Department and other faculties relevant to their research.

Small group teaching

Students are expected to undertake research training. Mandatory courses total approximately six hours in total for the course. Mandatory courses can be supplemented with other courses provided by the University, School, Faculty, Department and College.

Posters

Students present their work during the Michaelmas (autumn) and Lent (spring) terms to a supportive forum which will include academic critics who will provide constructive criticism.

Feedback

Students will be provided with feedback via their supervisions, supervisors' termly reports and coursework feedback.

Assessment

Thesis

The dissertation of not more than 15,000 words represents 60 per cent of the overall mark and is submitted at the end of May. The word count includes footnotes/endnotes but excludes appendices, bibliography, acknowledgements, table of contents, and list of illustrations. Any appendices will require the formal permission of your supervisor who may consult the Degree Committee. Students submit two hard copies and one electronic copy of their thesis for examination.

An oral examination (viva voce) on the dissertation and on the general field of knowledge within which the work submitted falls may be required. Students must remain in or be prepared to return to Cambridge for such oral examinations, which will be held in June. 

Essays

Two essays of not more than 6,000 words (one of which may include a literature review), including footnotes/endnotes but excluding the bibliography, on topics approved by your supervisor and the Faculty will be presented for examination. The essays represent 40 per cent of the total mark. One will be submitted at the end of the Michaelmas (autumn) term and the other at the end of the Lent (spring) term. The deadlines for submission of these essays will be published in the graduate calendar each year, but as a general rule the first essay has to be submitted by the end of week five of Michaelmas term, and the second by the end of week three of Lent term.

Students must submit two bound paper copies and one electronic copy of each essay, with a bibliography and any relevant illustrations to be submitted with the text.

These essays need not relate to the themes of the taught seminar courses, but may instead be directed towards the candidate’s personal research interests. 

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Key Information


9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of History of Art

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2019

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
May 31, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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