The process of matching students in their field of study with primary supervisors begins at the point of application. All applications are carefully considered to ensure not only that the candidate is suitable for postgraduate research, but also that the candidate’s needs for supervision and subject-specific research training can be met. Places are only offered to applicants whose needs can be met.

To find out whether you qualify or are suited for its particular schemes, you are encouraged to visit the School of Art and to talk to a member of staff either during the Postgraduate Visiting Day or by appointment through the School’s office.

The entry qualification for all Masters programs is a BA (Hons) First Class, good Upper IIi, or equivalent. Applicants for PhD Fine Art or PhD Art History should possess a Masters degree in the appropriate field.

Applicants should first submit an application form and supporting material.

Candidates applying to MA, MPhil, and PhD Art History programs should submit an undergraduate dissertation and/or essays indicative of academic attainment in the discipline. (For MA Art History, applications from students with a first degree in another appropriate humanities discipline, such as History, will be considered.)

Candidates applying to MA and PhD Fine Art should submit an undergraduate dissertation and/or essays, a CD containing 20 good-quality images of recent work (appropriately labelled), or catalogues of any recent exhibitions indicative of academic or professional attainment in the discipline.

In addition to the application form, candidates for all schemes should submit a statement, not exceeding one side of A4 paper, indicating why they wish to pursue this degree program at Aberystwyth, covering their field(s) of interest and how they might relate to the areas of specialisation listed here under staff research and supervision interests.

For applicants who merit consideration, a primary supervisor is identified and an interview with the candidate is set up. Travel expenses for those attending interview are reimbursed.