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BA Curatorial Studies

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Our new BA Curatorial Studies degree provides you with the expert knowledge and practical skills for pursuing careers in curating, gallery management and museums and combines class-based learning with hands-on experience.

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In addition to the standard information required for postgraduate courses, you will also need to send:

  • one academic reference; copies of one (or two) recent short pieces of written work in a relevant area, eg BA or MA essays; and
  • research proposal (required for research degrees only)
  • PhD research proposals

    Your research proposal should be around 2000 words, excluding the bibliography. It should first of all describe the area of your proposed research. You should then list the problems or questions, within this area, that you expect to address in your research.

    It may help if you list these problems or questions as a series of bullet points. It is not sufficient simply to state what topics in art history interest you in a general way. More specifically, you should explain how the research you intend to carry out relates to current research being conducted in the area. However, you are not expected to anticipate conclusions in your research proposal.

    Your proposal should conclude with a bibliography (15-20 items) of important books and articles in the area of your proposed research. It is essential that your proposal be detailed enough to enable us to judge the adequacy of your preparation for the research, the feasibility of the project and whether appropriate supervision will be available.

  • Proposals for MPhil and MA Art History by Dissertation

    For an MPhil proposal, we would expect 1500 words in a similar format to the PhD proposal. For the MA by Dissertation, we would expect 1000 words. This does not include the bibliography, which should list between 10-15 items for an MPhil and around 10 items for the MA by Dissertation.

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PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.

When should I apply?

When should I apply?

Make sure you don't miss important UCAS deadlines and other dates for your diary. If you're applying from the UK or another EU country, you should apply by 15 January. Students outside the EU should apply no later than 30 June.