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This Masters in Art History embraces a rich and diverse field of enquiry that explores the relationship between visual culture and wider social practices. Through engagement with a broad range of methodological and chronological perspectives, the flexible structure of this Masters facilitates a bespoke portfolio of courses based on your individual interests, and is intended to enable your fluency across a variety of visual cultures, past and present.

Why this programme

  • This programme offers privileged access to world-leading expertise and hands-on engagement with original artefacts in world-class collections, including our own Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.
  • You will have the chance to participate in the latest critical and theoretical debates around historical and contemporary art practices with experts in the world of Medieval and Renaissance art, the Enlightenment, Impressionism and European Modernism.
  • Our work placement option gives you the opportunity to explore a possible future career in the cultural, heritage or visual arts sector, developing your skills and experience and meeting with professional practitioners.
  • The city of Glasgow (and Scotland at large), is home to internationally-renowned art collections and archival and historical resources that will foster your research and analytical skills.
  • Glasgow is one of Europe’s most vibrant and artistic cities, and is proud of its extraordinary achievements in the arts. Studying here, with access to a diverse variety of year-round cultural and artistic events, offers a unique opportunity to live and study in a city that values and encourages artistic and cultural endeavour.  

Programme structure

The programme’s flexible structure offers a mix of taught and research components, and enables you to either take a broad range of courses or to specialise with a particular chronological or theoretical focus.

You will take:

  • One core course
  • Five optional courses

You’ll also produce a 15,000 word dissertation.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Art History: Research Methods (Core course)
  • Two optional courses 

Semester 2: January to March

Three optional courses



Part-time students

Part-time students take the Art History: Research Methods in Practice course and three optional courses in their first year of study, and two optional courses and the Dissertation in their second year.

Find out more about core and optional courses.

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

MLitt Art History provides excellent preparation for a variety of careers, particularly in the museum, cultural, and heritage sectors, and in the commercial world of auction houses and private dealership. It is also an excellent grounding for those aiming to go on to PhD study and a career in academia.

It fosters and encourages the key skills valued by many employers, including the ability to find, select, and manage large quantities of information, confident and persuasive oral and written communication, and problem solving through the application of creative and critical thinking.

Visit the Art History (MLitt) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!




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