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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    De Montfort University

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


Photography has shaped the way in which we imagine the recent past as well as the experience of life in many present-day societies and cultures. Addressing a range of sources, such as archival photographic materials and manuscripts, digital databases, and current critical texts in the field, the Photographic History MA will provide you with the practical and conceptual skills needed to explore wide ranging professional, scientific and amateur photographic practices.

The internationally renowned teaching staff bring with them outstanding links with major photographic collections, archives, galleries and museums worldwide. Networking with the Photographic History Research Centre’s (PHRC) vibrant research environment, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the relationship between photography, history, society and culture, and enhance your critical and research skills.

Aimed mainly at social, cultural and visual historians, conservationists, archivists, visual sociologists and visual anthropologists, the Photographic History MA will prepare you for a wide range of careers in the cultural sector as well as for further study.

Key features

  • Flexible module choice allows you to pursue your studies at your own pace, while working around your work, family and other commitments.
  • Engage with digital and analogue photographic histories, practices, images, theories and research methodologies.
  • Investigate social and cultural roles in photography throughout its history as well as its significance in present-day cultures and societies.
  • Gain professional experience with our Fieldwork module which offers the opportunity to work on an independent project for a photographic organisation.
  • Advance your research through a dissertation or heritage project.
  • Work alongside a renowned team of expert scholars from the Photographic History Research Centre (PHRC) and beyond.

Teaching and assessments

Each module blends asynchronous lectures, activities, research and reflection accessed through our learning platform. Your learning will be facilitated by tutorials arranged by appointment.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,100per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

De Montfort University

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  • Campus address

    De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE1 9BH, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    52nd out of 103 26

  • Entry standards

    / Max 196
    118 62%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    56.0 56%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.92 78%



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