Many of our graduates have progressed successfully to further research and an academic career.
Former art history students go on to work in museums and galleries in London and throughout the world. Other employment sectors include publishing and advertising, or senior management positions in a wide range of businesses.
Your employability and Essex
A postgraduate qualification is a major achievement and greatly valued by employers. Recent surveys show that higher degree graduates are more likely to obtain jobs at professional or managerial level and less likely to be unemployed. For some jobs a postgraduate qualification may be essential, for others it offers a competitive edge. Our graduates go into a variety of jobs, where the key employability skills and knowledge they have gained through postgraduate study are put to good use.
In addition, our Languages for All programme lets you study a language, alongside your course, at no extra cost. You can take one of 50 taught language modules on a part-time day-time basis, or undertake flexible web-based learning, or opt for a language module taught in the evening. As employers can struggle to find graduates able to speak more than one language, Languages for All places Essex graduates in a very advantageous position.
If you achieve your Masters, you may wish to extend your knowledge with a research degree and many who graduate from Essex choose to stay here for research study. Some of our Masters may be taken as the first part of an Integrated PhD, leading to your PhD after a further three years of full-time study.
Support for postgraduates
Our University has a range of support services designed to help you to achieve your full potential and get the most out of your studies. These form a coordinated network of support, and are an important part of your overall student experience at Essex. Our staff operate an 'open door' policy so are available to discuss any concerns with you throughout the year.
Research study opportunities
Within our School of Philosophy and Art History, we offer taught Masters courses and research supervision for PhD and MPhil. We have an established international reputation and a strong tradition of postgraduate education. In history of art, we cover the major areas of European art and architecture from 1300 to the present, and in the art and architecture of Latin America and of the United States. We welcome students whose intellectual outlook and interests cut across conventional academic boundaries. Our aim is to provide a supportive and stimulating intellectual environment for our postgraduates, which helps you to meet the various challenges involved in further studies.