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Art, Philosophy and Cultural Institutions MA

University of Liverpool
12-24 months
Full time/part time
Master's degree

About this program

Art, Philosophy and Cultural Institutions MA

This exciting interdisciplinary master's programme combines philosophical aesthetics, art theory and hands-on experience in galleries and museums, thereby bringing together both theoretical and practical interests. It is specifically designed to equip students with the competence to pursue either a doctorate programme in the Arts and Humanities, or a professional career in the cultural sector.

In addition to traditionally taught modules, students also benefit from research-led teaching a two-week practical placement with one of our cultural partners in the city. The programme also offers the opportunity to apply for a three-month studentship with Tate Liverpool, exclusively offered to our students.

Admission requirements

Entry requirements:

You need a 2:1 Honours degree, in a relevant field, such as Art, Design, Music, Museum Studies, Philosophy or Humanities subjects. When applying, you'll also need to submit a personal statement detailing why you wish to study this programme.

English language qualifications

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Qualifications accepted by the University can be found on our International webpages.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school.

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Program content

Compulsory modules:

  • Aesthetic Theory and Practice
  • Cultural Institutions
  • Research Skills, Employability and Placement
  • M.A. Dissertation

Optional modules include:

  • Philosophy of Film
  • Aesthetics
  • Media, Culture and Everyday Life
  • Digital Media and Society B
  • The Modern
  • The Contemporary
  • Metaphysical and Epistemic Issues in Philosophy of Religion
  • Architectural and Urban Forms of the Islamic World
  • Heritage Documentation, Digitization and Presentation


  • Home (UK) Postgraduates: £9000 per academic year
  • International/EU Postgraduates: £19,000 per academic year

Career paths

Graduates of the MA Art, Philosophy and Cultural Institutions have gone on to a variety of careers within the cultural sector: including curating, development, marketing, and teaching. The programme acquaints you with the key issues facing the cultural world, as well as provides you with hands-on experience, and both are important for a career in the arts. Other graduates have gone on to continue their studies through a PhD in art-related subjects or philosophy: depending on the modules you choose, the programme gives you a basis for several PhD routes. Furthermore, the programme gives its students analytical, argumentative and problem solving skills valued by many employers. Other career destinations of our graduates therefore include business, media, the civil service and education.

About this institute

University of Liverpool

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Contact info

University of Liverpool

14 Oxford St
L69 3BX Liverpool
United Kingdom


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