Courtauld Institute of Art

Course Introduction

This course provides detailed and systematic teaching over two years. Each discipline is introduced, expanded and integrated to allow students to obtain the best possible learning experiences and skills acquisition. Designed to provide increased specialisation over the two years, the course culminates in research and a substantial dissertation in the final months.

Drawing also on the research and conservation work undertaken by The Courtauld?s Conservation of Wall Painting Department in Bhutan, China and India, this MA is specifically designed to equip students with knowledge of: the central concepts of Buddhism, and their historical diffusion; the history of Buddhist art in its various religious, social and cultural contexts; materials and techniques involved in the making of various types of Buddhist art; approaches to the conservation of Buddhist art, including understanding of the ethical, technical and administrative issues involved. This MA provides a comprehensive grounding in the history of Buddhism, Buddhist art and its conservation for those intending to pursue further specialist conservation education, and for those who wish to proceed into related fields such as art-historical research, curating, and site-management. About eight students are accepted on the MA. Applicants from different academic and geographical backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Previous experience in any of the fields covered by the MA is not required.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,500 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £9,500 European Fees
2 years
Full Time
MA - Master of Arts £19,750 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should normally have at least an upper second honours degree, or an international equivalent recognised by the University of London (e.g. for US applicants a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above).
  • International entry requirements: Students need to have International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS Academic / for UKVI) with an overall bandwidth of 7.0 or above, with no less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing (must be taken within 2 years of the start of the programme). Students should also have Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) with a minimum grade of B and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) with minimum grade of C.