Studying at the Warburg Institute

Studying at the Warburg Institute means having access to scholars and Fellows of the highest calibre in professional and research terms. Contact hours and consultation with academic staff is one of the most favourable to be found in any academic institution. There is also the advantage of access to the Warburg Library, one of the world's finest, as well as the Photographic Collection and Warburg Institute Archive.

PhD Research

Full-time study for the PhD degree entails three or a maximum of four years' independent research, culminating in the writing of a thesis of not more than 100,000 words. Part-time students complete the same programme in five, or a maximum of six years. After submission of the thesis, the student attends an oral examination conducted by an internal examiner, from the University of London, and an external examiner, normally from another British university. Find out about our current PhD students here and view previous topics for PhD candidature. For more details on applying please click here.

How to apply for a phD 


MA in Cultural and Intellectual History 1300 – 1650

The Warburg Institute MA in Cultural and Intellectual History aims to equip students for interdisciplinary research in the late medieval and early modern period, with a particular emphasis on the reception of the classical tradition. Students will become part of an international community of scholars, working in a world-famous library. They will broaden their range of knowledge to include the historically informed interpretation of images and texts, art history, philosophy, history of science, literature and the impact of religion on society. During this twelve-month, full-time course, students will improve their knowledge of Latin, French and Italian and will acquire the library and archival skills essential for research on primary texts.  

How to apply for a ma

fees and funding


MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture

The MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture is offered by the Warburg Institute in collaboration with the National Gallery, London. The programme combines the study of artworks and their cultural contexts with high-level linguistic, archive and research skills for a new generation of academic art historians and museum curators. The art historical and scholarly traditions of the Warburg Institute are linked to the practical experience and skills of the National Gallery to provide an academic programme which will equip students either as academic art historians with serious insight into the behind the scenes working of a great museum or as curators with the research skills necessary for high-level museum work.

How to apply for a ma

fees and funding


Occasional Students

Students from abroad registered for higher degrees in their own country may enrol at the Institute as Occasional Students. Occasional students have to spend at least one term and no longer than one year at the Institute. No regular supervision is provided, but they may discuss their work informally with members of staff. They are entitled to use the Library, Photographic Collection and student computer facilities, and to attend open lectures, seminars and colloquia. Occasional students' fees: £375.00 per term; £1,050 per annum. To apply for a place as an occasional student, apply using this form here and post to The Warburg Institute, University of London, Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AB). Applicants will normally be informed of the result of their application within two weeks of receipt of references.


Short Course:  Renaissance Latin

The Warburg Institute is offers a two-week course in Renaissance Latin, Cassamarca Senior Lecturer in Neo-Latin Cultural and Intellectual History at the Warburg Institute.  The course is designed for beginners and focuses on Latin texts from the fourteenth to the seventeenth century, drawing on a wide range of sources: the sophisticated Latin of the humanists; various forms of technical Latin (medical, philosophical, theological, etc.); and macaronic jumbles of Latin and the vernacular. This Latin course is for beginners at the Warburg Institute for 2 weeks in September of any given year, from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 3.00 pm, Monday to Friday. The course is open to anyone interested; the fee in 2016 was £175.00. Admission is free to present students of the Warburg Institute and those attending a course during the academic year at the Warburg Institute.

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The tradition drawn on by the Institute includes the work of such distinguished scholars as Warburg himself, Fritz Saxl, Ernst Cassirer, Raymond Klibansky, P. O. Kristeller, Arnaldo Momigliano, E. H. Gombrich, D. P. Walker, Frances A. Yates, Charles B. Schmitt and Michael Baxandall. It has been a tradition of new departures achieved primarily by working across the boundaries of established disciplines.

Current PhD Students



Term dates 2016/17

3 October to 16 December

16 January to 31 March

2 May to 7 July

Term dates 2017/18

2 October to 15 December

15 January to 28 March

30 April to 7 July