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Barrie Cooke
Megaceros Hibernicus, 1983
Oil on canvas
168.5 x 183 cm
IMMA Collection, Donation Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

Reproduced with kind permission of the Estate of Barrie Cooke.

M.Phil. in Art History

DPTHH-IAHI-2F09 (full-time)
DPTHH-IAHI-2P09 (part-time)

M.Phil. in Art History Handbook - Please note that module choices change from year to year

Our taught M.Phil. in Art History, ART + IRELAND, (1 year full-time or 2 years part-time) allows students to engage with works of art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present day. In the course of the programme students explore questions of artistic and cultural identity and examine the place of "Irish" art in local and global contexts. The material covered includes Irish art in Ireland, Irish collections of European and non-European art, and collections of Irish art outside Ireland, providing students with an exciting range of possible avenues for primary research. The taught modules make use of the outstanding collections of art and architecture in Dublin, and enable students to examine both well-known works and objects that are usually inaccessible to the general public. Students are asked to think critically about the interpretation of objects using a range of methodological approaches. The programme culminates with students producing dissertations on focused topics with the supervision and support of members of staff. The M.Phil. is thus an opportunity to undertake detailed study in the history of art, and serves as a foundation for those considering doctoral research or careers working in museums, galleries, and auction houses as well as in cultural media and heritage.

Full-time option

Taken as a full-time course, the M.Phil. lasts for 12 months, starting in September. Teaching is spread over 24 weeks from September to the following April. Students then complete a dissertation, which is submitted in August. The course consists of a combination of compulsory and optional components that together make up the 90 ECTS expected for full-time study over one academic year at Masters Level.

Compulsory Elements:

All students take the module Research Methods in Art History and complete a dissertation.

Taught Module Options

Students take four taught modules from the selection available.  For further information on modules click here.

Part-time option

Students taking the course on a part-time basis do so over two years. In the first year students take Research Methods in Art History and two Options modules.  In the second year students take an additional two Options modules and complete the dissertation.  All classes take place Monday to Friday, between 9.00 and 18.00. 

Fees information

Awards and Studentships

In 2018-19 all applicants will automatically be considered for the following awards:

  1. The Constantia Maxwell Faculty Studentship, with a value of 5000 euro is offered to a student in any of the School's MPhil programmes. This may be put towards fees or living expenses.
  2. The School of Histories and Humanities also offers one bursary of 1000 euro, to be deducted from the course fees, for each of its seven MPhil programmes.

Awards will be made on academic merit. All completed applications with an unconditional offer by the deadline of June 30th, 2019 will be considered.

How To Apply

Further information on the course

Download the M.Phil brochure (PDF, 2.1mb)

If you have questions, please contact the programme coordinator: Dr Laura Cleaver.

The Taught M.Phil. in Art History can be studied full-time for one year or part-time for two years.

Admission requirements:
2.i/GPA 3.3 in relevant subject

Deadline for applications for 2018/19:
30th June 2019.

Dr Laura Cleaver

Last updated 11 January 2019