Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

MA History of Art and English Literature

UCAS code: VQ33

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad

Introducing MA History of Art and English Literature

As a combined degree, History of Art & English Literature benefits from shared methodologies and historical contexts.

Year 1

You will study History of Art 1, which covers the period from the fall of the Roman Empire until the end of the Counter-Reformation. This will include non-Western material. You will also study English Literature 1, an introduction to key aspects central to the study of English Literature. You will also choose an option course from another subject area.

Year 2

You will study History of Art 2, which begins with the 18th century and continues to the present day. You will also study English Literature 2, covering a range of literature written between 1700 and 1950. A further option course will again be selected.

Year 3

You will choose from a selection of History of Art and English Literature courses, and must also write a major History of Art project. There are also English Literature Critical Practice options. Study abroad is possible in Year 3.

Year 4

You will select courses that build on your subject choices in Year 3. You will also write a dissertation in either History of Art or English Literature.

Programme structure

Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.

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Programme structure (2017/18)

Our facilities

Most History of Art teaching takes place in the University's Central Area or at the School of Art within Edinburgh College of Art (ECA).

You will have access to the University’s libraries and computing facilities and can take advantage of Edinburgh’s galleries and museums, many of which are located near the University.

The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.

Further information is available on the ECA website.

Facilities and resources at ECA

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and museum and gallery visits. If you do not go abroad in Year 3 you will have the opportunity to pursue supervised independent projects that aim to develop pragmatic skills and experience directly relevant to careers in areas such as galleries, museums, heritage management, auction houses and art journalism.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by coursework and exams. In Year 3 and 4, you will complete a major independent project and a dissertation.

Programme details

Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.

We publish the latest available information for this programme. Please note that this may be for a previous academic year.

Programme details (2017/18)

Studying History of Art & English Literature at the University of Edinburgh prepares you for a range of careers such as curatorships in galleries and museums, art journalism, publishing, media, art dealing, tourism, graphics, advertising, heritage management and auctioneering.

Some graduates use their skills and experience for careers in management or teaching, while some choose to go on to further study.

Typical offer

The typical offer is likely to be:

  • SQA Highers: AAAA.
  • A Levels: AAB.
  • IB: 38 points (grades 666 at HL).

Minimum entry requirements

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5 or ABBBB/AABB from S4-S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6. Higher English required. National 5: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C.
  • A Levels: ABB including English Literature or combined English. GCSEs: Mathematics or an approved science at Grade C or 4.
  • IB: Award of Diploma with 34 points overall and grades 655 in HL subjects including English. SL: Mathematics or an approved science at 4.

Find out more about entry requirements

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.

International Foundation Programme

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component
  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section
  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA and GCSE

For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C
  • SQA Standard Grade 3
  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A
  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C
  • GCSE Grade C or 4
  • IB Standard Level Grade 5

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for MA History of Art and English Literature

Additional Costs

Your costs for materials will vary depending on your programme of study.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding