Exploring and analysing human culture and history gives us a deeper insight into the world we live in and how we got here. If you thrive on an intellectual challenge and have a passion for the arts, OU postgraduate study has much to offer you. The rewards include an advanced academic achievement, enhanced career opportunities and personal fulfilment.
In addition to the personal satisfaction of studying at a higher level, arts and humanities MAs are useful in a wide range of careers. Achieving an MA provides employers with evidence of high intellectual attainment, independent work at a high level, and the ability to complete complex projects. Many of our postgraduates follow a pathway into academic and research careers, completing MPhil and/or PhD degrees. Some publish books and articles resulting from their dissertation research and studies. Others use their newly acquired skills to further their careers in the arts, teaching, media, public service or business employment.
If you’re planning to join our MA programme you will need an honours degree, ideally but not necessarily in a subject related to the area that you are interested in studying. Your first year on the programme will update you on the latest ideas and approaches in your chosen area, but does not offer any remedial undergraduate training to bring your study skills up to postgraduate level.
Our MA programme consists of taught masters, on which you study either two or three parts to a total of 180 credits. You start by taking either a 60 credit or 120 credit foundation module. This introduces you to studying your chosen subject at postgraduate level, and to essential concepts and research methods. Your final module will include an independently researched, dissertation.
Our masters degrees in art history, classical studies, and music are not currently open to new students. New qualifications in these subjects will be available to study from October 2014.
See the list of all our individual courses in Arts and Humanities.
For information about postgraduate research degrees, visit the Research Degrees Prospectus.
See the list of undergraduate courses and qualifications in Arts and Humanities.
If you live outside of the UK, Republic of Ireland and Europe, please visit our website for international students.
With 1800 students currently on our flexible programme – covering the arts from ancient to contemporary culture – our MA programmes stretch your abilities and refine your research and analytical skills, providing you with excellent credentials for the world of employment and for further HE qualifications.
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