Reasons to study Photographic History MA at DMU:
- External examiner Dr Jonathan Friday, University of Kent, referred to the programme as: “truly excellent, the best of its kind in the country” and said: “I simply don’t think there is a better MA of its kind in the UK.”
- You will learn from a renowned, well respected team of expert scholars, practitioners and professionals
- You will benefit from outstanding links with the major photographic collections in the UK such as the National Media Museum, the Centre of South Asian Studies as well as the Royal Commonwealth Society in Cambridge
- You will have access to Photohistory Links, DMU’s searchable, high-quality database of resources for researchers of 19th century photography working from primary materials such as exhibition catalogues and letters
- You will develop practical skills in digital preservation while working alongside a vibrant research community with links to photographic institutions worldwide
- 96.6% of DMU postgraduates are in full-time employment or further education within six months of completing their course*
- DMU postgraduates command an average salary of £41,129* within six months of completing their qualification
* Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey 2013/14 (Employability Performance Indicator)
Whether taken for the purpose of scholarly data collection, or simply to keep a private, visual record of an everyday camera user’s life, photographs have been used as to describe or attest to social or cultural practices since the middle of the nineteenth century. With this in mind, using primary sources, such as negatives, photographs, manuscripts and digital technologies, you will investigate the role of photography in visual, social and cultural history, touching on wide ranging subjects in the history of science, private photography, amateur photography, anthropology, sociology, gender studies, museum studies, art history and area studies..
Alongside practical sessions on primary sources, you will consider how new digital humanities approach photographic media in terms of teaching, learning, research, information discovery and knowledge construction.
The internationally renowned teaching staff bring with them outstanding links with major collections, including the National Media Museum, Birmingham City Library, Cambridge University Library and the Pitt Rivers Museum. Working closely with programme team, you will enhance your material handling and research skills, and develop your writing and public speaking abilities, thereby equipping you for a wide range of careers in the heritage industry, research, or for further study.
This course is aimed at those from a variety of disciplines, including historians, conservation students, archivists, science historians from various fields of visual studies, such as visual anthropology, photography, lens-based media, art history and others.
At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are proud to currently offer two scholarships.
Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship
Up to 50 per cent of tuition fees offered to Home/EU DMU alumni for students who wish to continue their studies at DMU by enrolling on a Postgraduate taught course. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship page.
Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship
Up to £6,000 worth of support available to full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate students, starting in September 2016. For more information visit our Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship page.
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