University of Sydney Handbooks - 2018 Archive

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Art History


The Department of Art History offers postgraduate coursework degrees in Art Curating as well as Museum and Heritage Studies. For further information please refer to the respective coursework entries for Art Curating and Museum and Heritage Studies.


For those aiming to compete for specialist and academic posts in Museums and Universities, a research degree is becoming increasingly important. Research degrees require immense dedication and organisation, and a degree of enthusiasm and maturity of learning. The rewards of working on new material or bringing new approaches are great, and the University offers breadth and depth of supervisory expertise in Art History and related fields that is unparalleled in Australia.

Awards and requirements

Please refer to the degree resolutions in this handbook and to the Faculty Admissions Policy and Procedure for: Doctor of Philosophy: Pathways to admission, for information on the specific admission requirements for different research award courses.

Doctor of Philosophy
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most outstanding academies for research in the humanities and social sciences. The Department of Art History has established a unique reputation for the training and supervision of excellent Doctoral students who go on to jobs in the museum and university sectors. The commitment and energy required to complete a successful PhD is not to be underestimated. But the rewards of producing a substantial contribution to the field are great, and the PhD is an essential platform for an academic career or a curatorial positon in a major world-class museum.

Master of Philosophy
The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) may be completed in one to two years full-time or two to four years part-time and requires candidates to undertake research and write a thesis of 40,000-60,000 words on an approved topic under the supervision of a member of the academic staff.

Master of Arts (Research)
The Master of Arts (Research) in Art History is a two year full-time degree in which candidates complete supervised research and a 30,000-35,000 word thesis.


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