This exciting interdisciplinary master's programme combines philosophical aesthetics, art theory and hands-on experience in galleries and museums, thereby bringing together both theoretical and practical interests. It is specifically designed to equip students with the competence and understanding to equally pursue upon completion, either a doctorate programme in the Arts and Humanities, or a professional career in the cultural sector.
In addition to traditionally taught modules, students also benefit from research-led teaching and support with learner-directed independent projects, including the opportunity to take a three-month studentship with Tate Liverpool, exclusively offered to our students. Professional skills and networking are developed through a 10-day placement with one of our cultural partners, which include: FACT, National Museums Liverpool, the Bluecoat, METAL, Open Eye Gallery, Unity Theatre, the National Trust and many other leading institutions in Liverpool and the North West.
The programme is structured around four compulsory core modules: Main Topics in the theory of art, in which members of staff lead weekly seminars on their own current research; Cultural Institutions, which takes places at a range of collaborating cultural institutions around the city, including the University’s Victoria Gallery and Museum; Research, Employability, and Professional Skills and placement, supported by the careers and employability service and our cultural partners, and a supervised dissertation or case study over the summer. Students also take three elective modules chosen from a list of relevant modules available in the Department and across the University.
Case study: Yiwen Li
"We have meetings with lecturers about our studies, internships and how to improve the courses. I get a lot of supports from my tutors about essays and we are able to discuss topics in meetings or by email. There are also English classes especially for international students."
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Be part of a city with a reputation for philosophical thought
With its impressive wealth of museum and galleries and its vibrant cultural scene, Liverpool is an ideal place to pursue a degree in aesthetic theory with opportunities to work hand-on in cultural institutions.
Experience the full breadth of our academics’ expertise
We are internationally renowned for our research in Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Language, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Continental Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy and History of Philosophy, as well as for collaborative and interdisciplinary research in creativity and technology.
We have a tradition of active engagement with the wider life of our city
The Department is home to a range of successful Knowledge Exchange and public engagement projects with cultural partners across Europe, placing it at the forefront of art-related research and its impact to the community.