On Monday 18 May 2020, we held our first-ever virtual open day. Prospective students were invited to join us online to learn about the programmes we offer, meet our staff and current students, discover the Institute’s collections and find out what it’s like to study at the Warburg Institute.

The Warburg Institute is one of the world’s leading centres for studying the interaction of ideas, images and society. It is dedicated to the survival and transmission of culture across time and space, with special emphasis on the afterlife of antiquity.

We run MA programmes in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture and in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History. Additionally, we encourage MPhil and PhD applicants in the many areas of research the Institute supports. We also run MRes and PG Certs in Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History and Art History and Renaissance Culture. The resources of the Warburg are especially geared to students interested in interdisciplinary study.

A total of 70 people tuned in to the webinars all of which are available to watch in the playlists below. We created a series of separate videos for our prospective PhD and MA students. These included hearing from current and former students, an introduction to our extensive collections and more.

We received a number of questions during the day which we have compiled at the bottom of this post. If you have any further queries regarding studying with us please email warbug@sas.ac.uk in the first instance, and we will be able to direct your enquiry to the right person.

MA Programmes

PhD/MPhil programme

Warburg Institute Virtual Open Day FAQs

What is the deadline for application?

The deadline for application submission for 2020/21 entry is 31 July 2020.

How do you submit academic transcript if you are still in the process of completing your studies?

When submitting your academic transcript this can either be your final degree transcript and certificate. If you have completed your degree, or an interim transcript if you are currently studying for your degree.

An academic transcript is a list of the programmes you have been enrolled on and the grades that you have received during your programme of study. You must provide an official transcript from the Academic Registry or Student Records office at your institution. The transcript must be on institutional-headed paper and be stamped and signed by the issuing office.

To find out more about the application process and the documents required, please visit our How To Apply page.

How should the referee complete and submit the reference?

Reference letters should be produced on headed paper, bear an original signature and must be written no earlier than six months prior to application. Referees must email their references to admissions@sas.ac.uk from their institutional email accounts.

Alternatively, if a company/institutional email address is not available, we can accept hard copies of references on a letter headed paper, signed and with contact details, to be scanned and emailed to admissions@sas.ac.uk.

We are not able to accept references sent by email directly from the applicants. We cannot accept references from personal/private email accounts (i.e. Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail).

Given the delay to graduation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, will partial transcripts suffice for application or should we wait until complete transcripts are available?

When submitting your academic transcript an interim transcript can be submitted if you are not able to receive your final degree transcript due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If accepted on to the course you will receive a conditional offer, this will be based on the condition that a full transcript can be produced before you begin your studies.

If you are unable to provide transcript or references for your application, please contact the admission team on admissions@sas.ac.uk to discuss.

To find out more about the application process and the documents required, please visit our How To Apply page.

For COVID-19 related information and guidance for applicants and offer holders, please visit our COVID-19 FAQs page, which will be regularly updated.

Will we be updated on the circumstances related to visa applications as the COVID-19 situation develops?

We are closely following government guidance on the COVID-19 pandemic, and we will release regular updates as and when the situation develops.

For COVID-19 related information and guidance for applicants and offer holders, please visit our COVID-19 FAQs page, which will be regularly updated.

Taught Masters programmes

What routes are there for funding my taught programme?

Our students fund their studies in a variety of ways including scholarships, bursaries and fellowships, as well as government loans and postgraduate loans.

To find out more about the funding opportunities available to taught masters students, please visit our Master’s Funding page.

Will a student’s language level be assessed prior to taking the language modules, and if so, how?

Yes, over the summer all students who have accepted their offer will receive a language placement test. This will be a short translation test to enable us to allocate students to the right level.

Which optional modules are available, and which ran last year?

Which option modules run each year depends on a number of factors, but we aim to let all students know which options will be running prior to them registering in September 2020.

You can see which option modules ran in 2019-20 on our programmes pages.

Is there any recommended reading for the Cultural, Intellectual & Visual History course?

All offer holders will receive recommended summer reading lists for their chosen programme in late June or early July 2020.

Is there any recommended reading for the Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture course?

All offer holders will receive recommended summer reading lists for their chosen programme in late June or early July 2020.

How will teaching within the National Gallery be impacted by COVID-19?

We are working closely with the National Gallery on planning for teaching in light of the fact that some social distancing measures will most likely still be in place in the autumn term. We will ensure that all our offer holders have a clear picture of how their programme will be delivered and we hope to be able to communicate that to prospective students early in June 2020.

MPhil/PhD Programme

What routes are there for funding my Phd?

Our students fund their studies in a variety of ways including scholarships, bursaries and fellowships, as well as government loans and postgraduate loans.

To find out more about the funding opportunities available to taught masters students, please visit our PhD Funding page.

Are there any language requirements for this course?

You will need the languages that you require for primary source work, but you can also develop these during your studies. The Institute offers language training in several languages including, Renaissance Italian, Renaissance French, Renaissance Latin and Ancient Greek. Details on all our language training courses can be found here.

Am I able to combine my research with another area of interest?

The Warburg Institute is truly interdisciplinary and welcomes applications from students who would like to combine their research at the Institute with another organisation or discipline. We strongly recommend you discuss your plans for your research topic with the most appropriate academic at the Institute as early as possible so we can help advise on possible collaborators. View the profiles of all our academic staff.

> Discover more about our postgraduate programmes

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