M.A. History of Art and Architecture

University of Limerick

Application deadline: 2nd Friday in June
Tuition fee:
  • € 4,660 / Year (EEA)
  • € 10,780 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 60 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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This course provides postgraduate education in the history of art and architecture. Students are taught in a supportive environment and develop professional competence and the capacity to conduct supervised research in an aspect of the history of art or architecture. The course meets the needs of teachers, professionals in cultural institutions, and those hoping to undertake research for the Ph.D. degree. The course consists of five modules and writing a dissertation of approximately 21,000 words. Modules are delivered in the late afternoon on three days during the twelve weeks of both the Autumn and Spring semesters. The history of art and architecture is a visual discipline with a focus on works of art and architecture: looking is central to the subject and art works are the key primary sources. The student will learn how to engage with a visual language, how to examine an art work (or a series of art-works) carefully, and will consider how to interpret the work or works and place them in an art historical context. Issues of patronage and collections are also examined.

A student may complete the programme in either one or two academic years. Those taking two years research and complete the dissertation during in the second year. Student can complete the course by taking only History of Art and Architecture modules (Electives A) or if they wish, they can take modules offered by the MA in History and MA in History of Family (Electives B).

The aim of the course is to promote advanced study in the history of art and architecture in its cultural contexts. On completion students will have deepened their knowledge of the history of art and design, gained the ability to identify significant issues for research in the history of art and architecture, and developed skills to conduct and present the results of their research.


The programme maybe completed in one or two years. For those completing in one year 'the disseratation' is submitted by the end of August each year.

Autumn Semester

Core Course: Research methods and sources in the History of Art.
Students take two of the following modules. One must be an Electives A. The second may be an Elective A or B. If an Elective B is chosen, students must choose an Elective A in the following semester.

Electives A

Art, devotion and society in Renaissance Italy (offered by MA History of Art & Architecture)
Art and Cultures of Display: Museums, Galleries, Curating (offered by MA History of Art & Architecture)

Electives B

History of the European Idea (offered by MA History)
The History of Women, Medieval to Modern: Sources, Methods and Approaches (offered by MA History)
Irish Travellers: Nomads in a Sedentary Society, 1850-1980 (offered by MA History)
Linking Families to Communities (offered by MA History of Family)
Sources and Techniques in the History of the Family (offered by MA History of Family)

Spring Semester

Core Coure: MA Research Seminar (offered by the MA History of Art & Architecture and MA History)
Students must choose one of the following modules. If only one Elective A module was taken in the first semester, the student must choose an Elective A in the second semester. If two Elective A modules were taken in the first semester, the student may choose a module from either the Elective A or Elective B list.

Electives A

Architecture and Building, Ireland 1690-1914: Research Issues, Methods, Sources (offered by MA History of Art and Architecture)
The Look of the Past: Art and Visual Culture in Modern Ireland (offered by MA History of Art and Architecture and MA History of Family)

Electives B

International History of the Twentieth Century (offered by MA History)
American Foreign Relations (offered by MA History)
People on the Move: Studying Migration (offered by MA History of Family)
Archiving Non-Governmental Organization: Oral Histories and Institutional Memories since 1945 (offered by MA History)

Year 2



The requirements for entry are usually a 2nd class honours degree (Primary degree: level 8 NQAI) in history, or history of art or archaeology or in a cognate area such as industrial design or fine art Applicants with approved equivalent qualifications or substantial relevant professional experience may also be considered for admission.


As all international students are required to possess sufficient language skills to attend lectures and sit examinations at the University of Limerick, students should be competent to communicate through the medium of English prior to their arrival.

Students must have a minimum score of 550 (paper based) or 213(computer based) 80 (internet based) in TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score in the range of 6.5-7 and not less than 6.0 in any one component.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 550
TOEFL iBT® test: 80


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