About the course

This course is ideal for students who have an interest in art history and Renaissance culture, and who are looking for an intellectual challenge but cannot commit to a full MA. The course focuses on complex ideas and arguments related to the production and understanding of works of art and Renaissance cultural history.

This seven-month programme aims to:

  • Give students an understanding of current methodological and theoretical approaches to art history rooted in the Renaissance and early modern period
  • Encourage students to recognise, critique, and articulate complex ideas about the production and understanding of works of art and Renaissance cultural history
  • Develop advanced research and analytical skills that are highly valued transferrable skills as well as good preparation for further academic study
  • Provide a stepping stone for those who wish to progress to further postgraduate study, as students will gain 60 credits towards a master’s degree

I would unreservedly recommend the Institute as a place of study. It offered me a unique understanding of the interactions between image and word, art history, religion, literature and philosophy, across space and time.

Dr Laura Popoviciu, former MA and PhD Student

Why study with us?

As a student at the Warburg Institute, you will have access to the best resources for the study of Renaissance art and culture in London. Unparalleled staff contact hours are combined with access to the Warburg Library, with its unique cataloguing system specifically designed to aid research, and the Institute’s Photographic Collection.

Through the Institute’s research projects, fellowship programmes and events, and its informal collegiate atmosphere, students have extensive opportunities for networking with an international community of scholars, which significantly enriches the learning experience and can provide ideal connections for the future careers.

Studying in Bloomsbury at the centre of an academic and cultural hub, students also benefit from visits and training sessions at neighbouring institutions including the British Museum, the Government Art Collection, the Wellcome Trust and the British Library, and further afield the V&A, the Dulwich Picture Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Courtauld Gallery.  


Teaching and Learning

All students take one core module and two option modules. The modules selected are taken from those on offer on the MA programme. The course is examined as follows:

  1. Art History and Renaissance Culture: Image to Action – 4,000 word essay
  2. Two option modules  – 4,000 word essay for each option
Option Modules
  • Cosmological Images: Representing the Universe
  • Renaissance Political Thought from Erasmus to Campanella
  • Mapping Worlds: Medieval to Modern

Option modules are subject to change. Additional modules may be offered, depending on both student numbers (a minimum of three students required per option) and teaching staff availability.

Course Summary

Degree structure

One core module and one option module chosen from a range of topics.

Mode of study

Full-time: Seven-month programme

Part-time: Two years

Contact hours

Full-time is 2 taught hours a week in the first term and then 4 taught hours a week in the second term, along with independent study this would come to 7 hours per week in the first term and 14 hours per week in the second term.

Part-time is 2 taught hours a week in the first year, along with independent study this would come to 7 hours per week. In the second year, in the first term you will take a break and then there will be 2 taught hours a week in the second term, along with independent study this would come to 7 hours per week.


UK citizens

Full-time: £2560

Part-time: £1535

International citizens

Full-time: £5,445

The fees listed may be subject to an annual increase.​ For further information on when and how to pay tuition fees please read the SAS tuition fee policy.

Alumni Discount 

If you graduated from SAS you will be eligible for an alumni discount. If you progress directly without a break, you will receive a 15% discount, otherwise you will receive a 10% discount. More details are available in the SAS Tuition Fee Policy. 

Entry requirements

The normal minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class honours degree from a British university, or an equivalent qualification from a non-UK institution, in any discipline in the humanities which is related to the course.

Applications are now open. Click here to apply.