The MA is a taught master’s degree. This involves weekly classes focused on specific art historical topics that require students to complete reading and writing assignments for each session, as well as research essays for some courses. A capstone is also required, which is a thesis or “dissertation” of 10,000 words. The programme 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, with minimal coursework.