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How to Apply to Postgraduate Courses

Applications for 2020/21 are now open

Before starting your application, please ensure that you read and refer to the following three sets of information. You can then access our Online Application System by selecting the relevant "Apply Now” link from the table of courses, below.

Application Links and Deadlines - 2020/21


Graduate Diploma in the History of Art

Applications Open

Deadline: 20 April 2020

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Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Easel Paintings

2020/21 Applications Closed

NOTE: All interviews for the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Easel Paintings are held on-site, as manual dexterity and colour vision tests will be conducted to determine your suitability for the course. No offers will be made without interview. The Courtauld is not able to compensate applicants for travel expenses associated with interview.

You will be contacted before the end of March 2020 with a final decision on your application.

Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Easel Paintings-More Information

MA History of Art

Applications Open

Applications submitted after the initial deadline of 15 January 2020 are not guaranteed priority when being reviewed by option tutors. As such if you apply after the initial deadline the options you apply for may fill before your application is considered.

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. You may be contacted for an interview anytime between early February 2020 and mid-March 2020, though may also be assessed without interview. Skype interviews can be arranged if you do not live in London.

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MA in Curating the Art Museum

2020/21 Applications Closed

Deadline: 15 January 2020

You will typically hear back on the result of your application before the end of February 2020.


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MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation

Next Intake – 2021/22

The next intake will be for the 2021/22 academic year. This programme only admits new students every two years. Further information on the 2021/22 programme will follow in due course.

MA Buddhist Art: History and Conservation - More Information

MA in Conservation of Wall Painting

Applications Open

Deadline: 26th January 2020

NOTE: If your application is successful to proceed to an interview stage, you will be asked to submit a writing sample of 1000-3000 word limit prior to your interview date. Interviews are currently scheduled in early March.

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PhD Research

2020/21 Applications Closed

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

You should aim to submit your pre-application at least a week in advance of the programme deadline below, though much earlier if possible.


Programme Application Deadline: 13 January 2020

After you have submitted a full programme application, you will be contacted before the end of April 2020 with a final decision about your application.

Most interviews will take place on 22 January 2020, though some may take place earlier if either the supervisor or applicant cannot make that date.

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

Information about the programme

Support for students

Financial support for undergraduates

Information about loans, grants and bursaries to support you during your undergraduate study at The Courtauld.

Financial support for undergraduates

Funding and scholarships for postgraduates

Thanks to the generosity of many donors The Courtauld has a number of scholarships to support MA and PhD students, which may cover fees and/or maintenance.

Funding and scholarships for postgraduates

Widening participation


We are committed to widening participation at The Courtauld and to higher education in general.

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