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Research Skills in History of Art - HOA00036M

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  • Department: History of Art
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Nicola Sinclair
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22
    • See module specification for other years: 2022-23

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Autumn Term 2021-22 to Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

  • To provide guidance regarding expectations for MA work and advanced scholarly research
  • To help students make the transition from undergraduate to MA and (potentially) PhD work
  • To familiarize students with principal archival, bibliographic and art-historical resources
  • To introduce a range of significant methodologies and insights from the forefront of the discipline
  • To encourage students to adopt and adapt methodologies to suit their own developing intellectual interests
  • To demonstrate how art-historical knowledge and methodology develop within a community of scholars

Module learning outcomes

  • To be able to deploy appropriate scholarly conventions in their own work
  • To be familiar with archival, bibliographic and art-historical resources relevant to their own research
  • To be familiar with a range of methodologies significant for the discipline
  • To know how to apply and adapt methodologies appropriate to their own research
  • To be able to develop independent research within the context of previous scholarship


Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation Synopsis
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Dissertation Synopsis
N/A 100

Module feedback

Feedback on summative assessment within 20 working days.

Indicative reading

  • Donald Preziosi, ed., The Art of Art History: A Critical Anthology, 2nd ed. 2009
  • Michael Hatt and Charlotte Klonk, Art History: A Critical Introduction to its Methods, 2006
  • Jae Emerling, Theory for Art History, 2005
  • Robert Nelson and Richard Shiff, eds, Critical Terms for Art History, 2nd ed. 2003
  • Eric Fernie, ed., Art History and Its Methods, 1995

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.