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History of Art and Architecture is no longer accepting new applications.

The Cambridge MPhil in History of Art and Architecture was the perfect environment in which to begin my intellectual development as a scholar. The taught seminars with other students in my cohort, led by staff in the department and the wider university, were an incredibly important part of my MPhil experience. These sessions, alongside the department’s weekly graduate research seminars and reading groups in the wider University, introduced me to new ideas and helped me to tackle them on a much higher level than at undergraduate.

Many of these ideas have had a huge impact on my subsequent work, not least my PhD topic. The generous and extremely supportive attitude of academics across the department gave me the confidence to pursue my own ideas, while the MPhil presentations provided invaluable experience in communicating my research. I was able attend lectures and take advantage of language and palaeography classes in the wider University, as well as skills training within the department, including sessions on finding jobs in academia and curatorship. My experience at MPhil made me certain that I wanted to continue my PhD studies in the encouraging and intellectually stimulating environment of the Cambridge History of Art Department.

Christina Faraday - St John's (April 2016)

Studying for the MPhil in Cambridge has been a hugely gratifying experience. The weekly MPhil reading groups, graduate research seminars, Camille Society and Rickman Society reading groups, one-to-one supervisions and termly peer-led presentations opened my eyes to the breadth and depth of the field, fostered in an open and informal space. It allowed me to express and exchange new ideas with truly extraordinary people. The vocational emphasis offered in the transferable skills training programme also provided an excellent introduction and valuable advice for advancing a career in academia or art institutions.

Although the Faculty Library, the University Library, the Fitzwilliam Museum and College libraries offer a wealth of research material, I am particularly grateful for the Department’s encouragement to pursue research in London and further afield, thanks to the generous support from the Kettle’s Yard Travel Fund Awards.

As new art spaces such as the Heong Gallery are being established, this is a really exciting time to live and work in Cambridge. The History of Art and Architecture Department’s warm community atmosphere makes for a socially and intellectually rewarding year and the beginning of an enduring relationship with the Department.

Lizzie Marx - Peterhouse (April 2016)

Key Information

9 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Department of History of Art

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
May 20, 2021
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 7, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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