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How to Apply to Postgraduate Courses

Applications for 2021/22 entry are now open

Before starting your application, please ensure that you read and refer to the following three sets of information. You can then access our Online Application System by selecting the relevant “Apply Now” link from the table of courses, below. If you have any questions related to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on your application, please find further information here.

Application Links and Deadlines - 2021/22


Graduate Diploma in the History of Art

2021/22 Applications Open

Deadline: 16th April

Please note we only start assessing applications after the deadline.

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Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Easel Paintings

2021/22 Applications Closed

Applications for the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Easel Paintings are now open. The deadline for applications is 4 January 2021. Please see the following link for submission requirements. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, it may take longer to obtain transcripts/ references etc., therefore we recommend that you start preparing the material for your submission as soon as possible.

NOTE: All interviews for the Postgraduate Diploma in Conservation of Easel Paintings are normally held on-site, as manual dexterity and colour vision tests will be conducted to determine your suitability for the course, however, they are likely to be held online this year. No offers will be made without interview. The Courtauld is not able to compensate applicants for travel expenses associated with interview.

You will be contacted before the end of March 2021 with a final decision on your application.

More Info-Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings

MA History of Art

2021/22 Late Applications Accepted

Deadline 15th January 2021

We consider applications after the initial deadline, though as some options will become full after the deadline it is advisable to apply by the initial deadline if possible. Shortly after the initial deadline we will begin to note individual option status in the option list on the MA programme page.

Applicants are asked to list up to three selected MA options, with Option 1 being the first preference, Option 2 as second preference, etc. Choices will be considered in order of preference.

Please note that not all options interview.

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MA in Curating the Art Museum

2021/22 Applications Closed

Deadline: 15 January 2021

You will typically hear back on the result of your application before the end of February 2021.

Application received after the deadline will not be considered.

More Info-MA Curating the Museum:

MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation

Next Intake – TBC

Further information on the programme will follow in due course.

MA Buddhist Art: History and Conservation - More Information

MA in Conservation of Wall Painting

We have decided to postpone the 2021/22 intake for the MA in the Conservation of Wall Painting, due to the ongoing impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to be able to open recruitment again for the 2022/23 academic year.

MA in Conservation of Wall Painting-More Information

PhD Research

2021/22 Pre-Applications Now Closed

Before you can submit a full PhD programme application and contact your preferred supervisor, you must send a pre-application email to, alongside:

  • Research Proposal Title
  • Research Proposal Summary – 300 words (including which member of faculty you wish to ask to be your supervisor and why)
  • CV

We will assess your pre-application and, if appropriate, discuss your proposal with your preferred supervisor before providing feedback. Should your pre-application be approved, you will be invited to submit a full programme application and provided with an application link to the main programme application portal.

Pre-application deadline: 15 November 2020.


Programme Application Deadline: 14 December 2020

The Programme Application Portal link will be provided once your pre-application is approved.

After you have submitted a full programme application, you will be contacted in January 2021 with a final decision about your application.

Please note that students requiring a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK cannot study part-time.

Information about the programme

Support for students

Financial support for undergraduates

Information about loans, grants and bursaries to support you during your undergraduate study at The Courtauld.

Financial support for undergraduates

Funding and scholarships for postgraduates

Thanks to the generosity of many donors The Courtauld has a number of scholarships to support MA and PhD students, which may cover fees and/or maintenance.

Funding and scholarships for postgraduates

Widening participation


We are committed to widening participation at The Courtauld and to higher education in general.

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