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BA Curatorial Studies
Our new BA Curatorial Studies degree provides you with the expert knowledge and practical skills for pursuing
careers in curating, gallery management and museums and combines class-based learning with hands-on experience.
If you would like more information about any of our courses before making your application,
please email us.
In addition to the standard information required for postgraduate courses,
you will also need to send:
- one academic reference; copies of one (or two) recent short pieces of written work
in a relevant area, eg BA or MA essays; and
- research proposal (required for research degrees only)
PhD research proposals
Your research proposal should be around 2000 words, excluding the bibliography. It
should first of all describe the area of your proposed research. You should then list
the problems or questions, within this area, that you expect to address in your research.
It may help if you list these problems or questions as a series of bullet points.
It is not sufficient simply to state what topics in art history interest you in a
general way. More specifically, you should explain how the research you intend to
carry out relates to current research being conducted in the area. However, you
are not expected to anticipate conclusions in your research proposal.
Your proposal should conclude with a bibliography (15-20 items) of important
books and articles in the area of your proposed research. It is essential that your
proposal be detailed enough to enable us to judge the adequacy of your preparation
for the research, the feasibility of the project and whether appropriate supervision
will be available.
Proposals for MPhil and MA Art History by Dissertation
For an MPhil proposal, we would expect 1500 words in a similar format to the PhD proposal.
For the MA by Dissertation, we would expect 1000 words. This does not include the bibliography,
which should list between 10-15 items for an MPhil and around 10 items for the MA by Dissertation.
Book a place at one of our open days to see for yourself what we offer.
Academic and support staff will be available to answer your questions,
while a campus tour with our current students allows you to view our
facilities and accommodation.
Are you applying to Essex from elsewhere in the EU or world? Find out more about our entry requirements and
to any admission questions that you have before you start and during your application process.
We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from
research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards
funded by charities and other external organisations.
When should I apply?
Make sure you don't miss important UCAS deadlines and other dates for your diary. If you're applying from the
UK or another EU country, you should apply 15 January. Students outside the EU should apply no later than 30 June.