How to apply for postgraduate programmes

2023/24 Applications are now open

Before starting your application, please ensure that you read and refer to all available guidance. Once you have all the required documentation, you can proceed to our Online Application System by selecting the relevant “Apply Now” link below.


Our programmes have different application deadlines. Please ensure you are applying for the programme you wish to apply and check the deadline before you make an application. We may not be able to accept late applications unless otherwise stated.  

Please note each ‘Apply Now’ button takes you to an individual application portal for a particular course. For example, if you wish to apply for the MA History of Art programme, please scroll down this page and click ‘Apply Now’ where it says ‘MA History of Art’.

MA History of Art

We are accepting applications for 2023/24

To see what options are available, please find the information here.

Please note late applications for the options which are full will not be considered. Depending on the timing of your application, you may not be eligible to apply for scholarships or accommodation.

Applications will be released and assessed on a rolling basis.

Applicants are asked to list up to three selected MA options, with Option 1 being the first preference, Option 2 as second preference, etc. Choices will be considered in order of preference.

Please note that not all options interview.

Apply Now: MA History of Art
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MA in Buddhist Art History and Conservation

We are accepting applications for the 2023/24 academic year. 

Applications will be released on a rolling basis until all places are filled.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for online interview.


Apply Now: MA Art History and Conservation of Buddhist Heritage

Graduate Diploma in the History of Art

We are accepting 2023/24 Applications.

Applications are released on a rolling basis.

Apply Now: Graduate Diploma in the History of Art

MA Conservation of Easel Paintings

2023/24 Applications are now closed.

Application Deadline: 05 January 2023.


Interviews: Around 20 applicants are selected for interview for six available places, plus a short waiting list. The selection process has several components: Interviews are held online and will take place between 14th and 28th February 2023. Interviewees will be asked to complete a practical test to assess manual dexterity and colour matching. Materials will be posted for this and finished tests must be returned by post before the interviews. A short online slide test will be set to assess observational skills. Interviewees are asked to submit a portfolio of photographs of a small sample of original artwork by them. Students must have normal colour vision and a colour-blindness test is carried out.

  You will be contacted before the end of March 2023 with a final decision on your application.

More Information about the programme
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MA in Curating the Art Museum

2023/24 Applications are now closed.

Deadline: 12th January 2023

Applicants typically hear back on the result of applications before the end of March 2023.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

No offers will be made without interviews for the MA Curating the Art Museum programme.

More Information about the programme
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MA in Conservation of Wall Paintings

This course accepts students every two years. The next intake will be in 2024/25, and applications will open in autumn 2023.

More Information about the programme:
Conservation of wall painting students

PhD Research

2023/24 Pre-Application Proposals are now closed.

Before you can submit a full PhD programme application and contact your preferred supervisor, you must send a pre-application proposal by email to, alongside:

  • Research Proposal Title
  • Research Proposal Summary – 300 words (including which member of faculty you wish to ask to be your supervisor and why)
  • CV

We will assess your pre-application proposal and, if appropriate, discuss your proposal with your preferred supervisor before providing feedback. Should your pre-application proposal be approved, you will be invited to submit a full programme application and provided with an application link to the main programme application portal.

Pre-application proposal should be submitted: 07 November 2022

Programme Application Deadline: 04 January 2023

The Programme Application Portal link will be provided once your pre-application is approved.

After you have submitted a full programme application, you will be contacted in January 2023 with a final decision about your application.

Please note that students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK cannot study part-time.

PhD Programme
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