Master of Arts in Art History2021-05-10T01:47:53+00:00

Why Study MA in Art History?

Our HKU Master of Arts in Art History (MAAH) programme is the first MA in Hong Kong to focus on art history. It provides advanced training in research and writing for students and specialists pursuing further academic study in art history or professional careers in museums and other art-related fields.

MA Coordinator

Programme Structure

  • One year full time

  • Weekdays courses

  • 6 courses + 10,000 word MA dissertation

  • Courses on Asian and western art, from early periods to contemporary

Programme Timeline

MA Dissertation


The supervisor will be a full-time teacher at HKU if that teacher has appropriate expertise. Alternatively, the supervisor may be a museum professional or art historian outside the university if s/he has appropriate expertise in the student’s chosen topic. All MA dissertations are examined by the supervisor and by a second examiner who may be a teacher in the university or an outside expert.


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What is the difference between an MPhil programme and an MA programme?2021-02-22T02:54:25+00:00

The MA is a taught master’s degree, which means it involves coursework (weekly classes focused on specific art historical topics that require students to complete reading and writing assignments for each session) as well as a capstone, thesis or “dissertation” of 10,000 words. It is designed for students not yet ready to complete self-guided research. The MPhil, in contrast, is a research-focused degree that involves the submission of a much longer thesis and of a much higher standard than that which is required of the MA. The award of this degree mainly depends on the thesis completed within the given study period. The few required MPhil courses are designed to enhance students’ teaching and research skills and are not akin to regular art history classes. They are of a qualifying nature, which means they are assessed on a pass/fail basis and are not counted towards the assessment of the degree itself.

What kind of MA candidates are we looking for?2021-02-22T02:54:50+00:00

We are looking for applicants with a background in art history and professionals who are already working in art-related fields. But we will also consider applicants with a strong academic foundation and significant art-related experience even though they are coming from another field of study or work.

Does the Department offer a part-time MA option?2020-02-25T05:13:46+00:00

At the moment we only offer full-time option and all our classes are in day time and weekdays. Please stay tuned on our website for further updates.

How long should the academic writing sample be?2020-02-25T05:14:35+00:00

Please submit a piece of no more than 5,000 words (including footnotes and bibliography). Ideally, the piece should be in the format of a research essay. The topic should relate to some aspects of art history (if not, in the field of humanities).


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