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Material culture and artefact studies combines the archaeological recovery and specialist examination of an object with its presentation, management and understanding within a cultural context. Read more

Material culture and artefact studies combines the archaeological recovery and specialist examination of an object with its presentation, management and understanding within a cultural context.

Why this programme

  • This MSc in Material Culture & Artefact Studies will prepare you to participate at both a practical and theoretical level within the field of specialist artefactual analysis.
  • You will be able to undertake a work placement to gain valuable work experience in a museum, archaeological unit or other cultural institution.
  • You will benefit from the involvement of staff from Glasgow Museums, National Museums Scotland and other institutions within Scotland, and will have the opportunity to work with collections from local museums, including the University’s own Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

Programme structure

The taught component consists of core courses and optional courses, running over two semesters.

Assessment is normally focused on written performance, but oral presentation skills and other modes of assessment allow you to develop your writing skills in a number of formats. This is in addition to the practical emphasis on developing your ability to interpret and analyse artefacts.

For the MSc you can opt to do either a dissertation or an extended work placement (assessed by work placement eportfolio and either a research report or a student exhibition design).

Core courses

  • Material culture in context
  • The process of artefact studies.

Optional courses include modules such as:

  • Lithic analysis
  • Independent study
  • Critical themes in the display and reception of objects
  • Early medieval artefacts 
  • Viking and late Norse artefacts (AD 750-1350). 
  • Optional courses drawn from Archaeology or from other programmes across the University can be taken by agreement with the programme convener.

Career prospects

The two strands to the degree enable you to prepare for further doctoral research whilst also providing opportunities for valuable vocational experience in a commercial environment.

The wealth of experience and knowledge provided by the interdisciplinary nature and focus of the degree and the networks and relationships developed during their time here, has stood past graduates in good stead upon graduation. They have found full-time positions with Historic Scotland, Headland Archaeology Ltd, Guard Archaeology Ltd. While others are working with various heritage organisations and some are continuing with their postgraduate studies.

Several of our international graduates have found employment working at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C and at the Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Tennessee. Others continue to work in the Cultural Resource Management sector. Several students have gone on to further doctoral research at Glasgow University and beyond, on prehistoric stone tools, Shetland lace knitting, Bronze Age ceramics and medieval settlement.



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This programme is an advanced study of historical and contemporary developments in the economy, politics, culture and society of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Read more
This programme is an advanced study of historical and contemporary developments in the economy, politics, culture and society of Russia and the countries of Eastern Europe and Eurasia.

Why this programme

-This programme is for those planning careers in major public, commercial and voluntary institutional settings who wish to acquire a specialised knowledge of Central and Eastern Europe and proficiency in one of the region's languages.
-Language and other study trips to the region are available. You will be offered the opportunity to spend a month in Russia. Some financial support is available to help you fund these trips.
-Choose between three specialist pathways: Central and East European Studies, Russian Studies, and Eurasian Studies.
-You will examine the history of communism and why it collapsed. You will learn about the impact of international organisations (e.g. the European Union, NATO) and of major world powers on the region as well as retaining an appreciation of the region’s internal diversity in a variety of spheres (cultural, economic, ethnic, political and social).
-You can participate in our extensive range of conferences, workshops, business days, seminars and networking activities involving representatives of the business, policy-making and third sector communities.
-The University Library holds one of the best Russian, Central and East European collections in the world.

Programme structure

You will take four core and one optional course, as well as complete a dissertation as a piece of independent research. You will select a specialist pathway, which includes a specialist core courses and a language. (choices vary depending on pathway).

Core courses
All pathways
-Issues in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies
-Research methods for studying Russia, Eastern Europe & Eurasia

Central and East European Studies
-Geopolitics of Central and Eastern Europe OR Statehood and nationality in Central and Eastern Europe
-Language options: Czech, Estonian, Hungarian, Latvian OR Polish

Russian Studies
-Gender and identity in Soviet & Post-Soviet Russia OR Russian foreign policy
-Language: Russian

Eurasian Studies
-Contested states: The South Caucasus after 1991 OR Rethinking Central Asian security
-Language options: Russian OR Chinese

Optional courses
-Contested states: The South Caucasus since 1991
-De facto states in the Post-Soviet space
-Developments in Czech society since 1989
-Gender and identity in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
-Media and democratisation in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union
-Political modernisation: The Georgian case
-Post-Soviet Russia: Renegotiating global and local identities
-Post-Soviet Ukraine: a case study in socio-economic and political transformation
-Rethinking Central Asian security
-Russian foreign policy
-Statehood and nationality in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe
-The geopolitics of Central Europe

Career prospects

Many of our graduates have gone on to establish careers as lecturers and researchers at universities in the UK, Norway, Greece, Italy, and Poland or have become secondary school teachers. Our graduates have also been very successful in establishing careers with organisations such as BBC World Service, British Army, British Civil Service, British Council, Centre for Defence Information (Moscow), Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers, European Policies Research Centre, University of Strathclyde (Glasgow), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London), Jamestown Foundation (Washington D.C), KPMG, Ministry of Defence, UK, Open Society Foundation (Bratislava), Open Society Institute (Budapest), Operation Mobilisation, Czech Republic and the Trust for Civil Society in Central & Eastern Europe (Warsaw).

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The programme offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, economy, business, politics and culture. Read more
The programme offers an introduction to the fascinating and fast-changing dimensions of China today. It provides a broad grounding in Chinese society, economy, business, politics and culture. There is the flexibility to combine cultural and political studies with introductory or more advanced modules in Mandarin.

Why this programme

-◾The degree is interdisciplinary, drawing on the expertise of specialists in Chinese politics, economics, business, culture and history, as well as seminars, workshops and lectures delivered by the University's Scottish Centre for China Research.
◾You can spend eight weeks (May to July) in China, where you will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience of Chinese society and culture. A variety of scholarships are available to fund or part-fund short-term language study at a Chinese university or language institute.
◾Glasgow boasts a number of China-focused organisations and events you can get involved with, including the Confucius Institute at University of Glasgow and the Scottish Centre for China Research, which brings together scholars undertaking cutting edge research on China.
◾You are encouraged to learn Chinese language at the level appropriate to your ability. For those not taking credit-bearing language modules, a free place on one of the Confucius Institute's existing classes is available.

Programme structure

You will take two and four optional courses, and submit a dissertation. The dissertation is your opportunity to explore your own specialist interest in China and to demonstrate the research and writing skills you have developed during the programme.

Core courses

◾Chinese politics and society
◾Research design

Optional courses

The courses are structured into six pathways

Language and Culture

◾Beginner's Chinese
◾China and the West
◾China’s century of conflict: 1839-1949
◾Gender, culture and text
◾Internship and language in China
◾Object biographies (History of Art)
◾Secularisation and society .

Language and Business

◾Beginner's Chinese
◾Business environment in China*
◾Contemporary issues in HR*
◾Internship and language in China
◾Managing strategic change*
◾Marketing management*.

*Courses offered by the Adam Smith Business School

Students taking the internship/language option have to pay for their own travel, accommodation and fees for the internship placement and/or language course in China. The language options are not available to Chinese nationals.

Governance and Society

◾Comparative public opinion: concepts and applications
◾Environmental policies and problems in China
◾Global cities
◾Social change in China**
◾Understanding public policy.

(**) Externally offered. Involves travel around China for one month in the summer. Students have to pay for their own international travel and a fixed fee which includes tuition, internal travel and accommodation in China.

International Relations

◾China's international politics
◾Environmental policies and problems in China
◾International relations research
◾International relations theory
◾International security and strategic thought.

Human Rights

◾Critical perspectives in human rights
◾Critical perspectives in securities & vulnerabilities
◾Environmental policies and problems in China
◾Human rights and global politics
◾Humanitarian intervention: civilian or sovereignty.

Research Methods

◾Generalised linear modules
◾Introduction to social theory for researchers
◾Qualitative research methods
◾Quantitative data analysis.

You are free to choose options outside your pathway but we would encourage you to consult with the programme convenor if you plan to do so.

Career prospects

This programme is ideal for anyone interested in pursuing a career involving China, whether in the business world, public services, the arts and media or as preparation for further academic study through PhD study. Our alumni have also gone on to successful careers as public affairs consultants, advertising and PR managers, as well as in secondary school education and the charity sector. The programme has helped graduates develop international perspective, critical thinking and writing skills, and also smoothed the path to living and working in the Far East.

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This Masters in English Language & Linguistics will equip you with the key linguistic and technical research skills to explore the structure and everyday use of English, past and present, from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts to medieval letters, from speech to semantics, from language experiments to investigating vast text corpora. Read more

This Masters in English Language & Linguistics will equip you with the key linguistic and technical research skills to explore the structure and everyday use of English, past and present, from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts to medieval letters, from speech to semantics, from language experiments to investigating vast text corpora. If you have little or no background in English Linguistics, we have a range of introductory courses which progress to more advanced courses, allowing you to develop theoretical and methodological background for you to carry out your own research study. If you have taken linguistics before, and want to deepen your interests, we offer advanced courses which will allow you to deepen your existing understanding and skills, to carry out your own research project.

Why this programme

  • The programme enables you to study historical and contemporary areas of English Language and Linguistics together.
  • Its flexibility allows you to tailor the course to your own interests, so you can gain research expertise and key linguistic, technical, and study skills in the analysis of spoken and written English across all periods of English.
  • We cater both for students who have little or no background in linguistics and also for students with a background in language and linguistics who wish to carry out more sophisticated independent research in a particular area.
  • Your courses will be taught by expert academic staff who have directed and are currently directing research projects (e.g. Seeing Speech, Sounds of the City, One Speaker Two Dialects, the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA), Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS) among others).
  • We have outstanding resources in English Language and Linguistics, such as the Glasgow University Archives, Special Collections (which includes a large collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts and early printed books) and the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (with a speech recording studio).
  • We have close links with the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities and the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science, giving you access to additional training courses for graduate students.

Programme structure

You’ll take:

  • One core course
  • Five optional courses

You’ll also produce an independent, small-scale research project.

Semester One: September to December

  • English Language & Linguistics Research Training (Core)
  • Optional course 
  • Optional course

Semester Two: January to March

  • Optional course
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

Independent research project

Career prospects

Some students take our programme as a secondment from an ongoing teaching or professional education position held either here, or elsewhere in the world. Others continue into employment in language teaching, journalism, or other kinds of industrial or commercial research. The programme is also an excellent foundation to doctoral research either at Glasgow or elsewhere.



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The MSc in Translation Studies caters to the increasing need for highly skilled and specialist translators across a wide range of industries and settings. Read more

The MSc in Translation Studies caters to the increasing need for highly skilled and specialist translators across a wide range of industries and settings. It offers ten different advanced languages, and provides an excellent platform to become a professional translator as well as the essential theoretical foundation to progress to research at doctoral level.

Why This Programme

The programme balances Translation studies theory with practical translation work, meaning you will develop both academic and professional skills, preparing you for the translation profession or PhD research in the field.

You will study SDL Trados translation software and hence can complete the MSc with SDL Trados certification.

We offer translation classes in a wide range of languages including Catalan, Czech, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

You will have access to our excellent technical resources and to our well-stocked library with over 10,000 items including the latest books, multimedia, audio and video language learning materials, language databases and resources.

The MSc is highly flexible and offers the opportunity to tailor the programme to your specialist interests or skills.

Our workshop and seminar series is second to none, with masterclasses from multi-award-winning translators, presentations from world-renowned scholars and discussion forums with newly qualified freelancers, providing you with plenty of opportunities to network with experts in the field.

The small classes mean you develop new skills very quickly whilst working closely with Translation Studies and language scholars pursuing cutting-edge research.

Within our strong postgraduate community, students contribute to a wide range of activities including the Glasgow University Postgraduate Translation Studies Research Network, a quarterly Translation Studies newsletter, facebook site and twitter feed.

Programme Structure

Core courses

  • Translation Studies in Theory and Practice
  • Approaches to Translation and the Professional Environment
  • Advanced Translation and Language Study (translation between English and at least one other language)

Optional courses may include

  • Marketing and Translation across Media
  • Literary Translation Studies
  • Subtitling Film and TV
  • Additional Advanced Translation and Language Study courses
  • Additional language study at beginner, non-beginner, intermediate or advanced level
  • Relevant undergraduate Honours courses

Career Prospects

Driven by the global economy, the last decade or so has seen a massive growth in demand for expert, specialist translators. You will develop the skills required to work in the industry as well as essential information about setting up as a freelance translator or working for a translation agency.

You will acquire skills relevant to a variety of careers that may involve translation or require advanced language and communication skills. These include:

  • Marketing and public relations
  • Careers in writing, including publishing, journalism or technical writing
  • Language teaching
  • International commerce
  • Government work
  • The creative industries, including TV, film, theatre

Graduates have taken up posts in translation agencies in the UK and overseas, work as freelance translators or for translation software companies. Others have moved into language-related careers in teaching, publishing and global commercial organisations or have decided to study for a PhD.

Those wishing to pursue a career in academia will have studied, discussed and analysed the essential theoretical material required as a foundation for researching in the field of Translation Studies at doctoral level.



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This programme provides an interdisciplinary grounding in the key economic, cultural and policy forces shaping the development of the creative industries at global, national and local levels. Read more

This programme provides an interdisciplinary grounding in the key economic, cultural and policy forces shaping the development of the creative industries at global, national and local levels. Theoretical and analytical depth is coupled with an emphasis on the realities of contemporary cultural production, in order to deliver both a rigorous academic experience and a foundation for a career in the sector.

Why this programme

  • You will be taught by the world leading teams in the Centre for Cultural Policy Research and the Adam Smith Business School. Frequent invited speakers will provide current industry insights from across the sector.
  • Glasgow offers an ideal environment for students studying the Creative and Cultural Industries. It is a culturally vibrant city, with thriving music, theatre, and visual art scenes, and the greatest concentration of creative industries in Scotland.
  • This programme is suitable for those working in or seeking to enter the cultural and creative industries. It is designed to develop your critical and analytical skills and your understanding of the ways in which policy trends, emerging business models and new working practices are combining to reshape the sector.

Programme structure

The taught element of this programme consists of six core courses, totalling 100 credits, and a slot in semester 2 in which you can take 1 or 2 course/s of your choice (totalling 20 credits). This structure allows you to develop key sector management skills and knowledge, while also providing space to tailor the programme to suit your interests and ambitions. You can choose two 10 credit options from a range offered by the Adam Smith Business School, strengthening the management component of your degree. Alternatively you can select an approved 20 credit option from another subject area. 

The teaching on the two largest core courses, Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (semester 1) and Contemporary Cultural Production (semester 2) is supported by a series of regular guest lectures, in which we invite practitioners, policy makers and key influencers from across the creative sector to share their perspectives.

Assessment is based primarily on individual written essays and assignments but also involves presentation. You will undertake academic research essays and report writing tailored to an industry brief, ensuring you develop a range of writing skills relevant to both academic and professional contexts.

In the summer period (April to August), you will complete a research dissertation (worth 60 credits) that will enable you to develop, investigate and present a substantial and original project of personal interest. The academic team within the Centre for Cultural Policy Research have extensive experience of conducting empirical studies within the creative sector, and are thus able to support a wide range of industry and policy related topics and research approaches.

Semester 1 core courses (totalling 60 credits)

  • Creative Industries and Cultural Policy (30 credits)
  • Managing Innovation and Creativity (10 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Research Methods 1 (10 credits)

Semester 2 courses (totalling 60 credits)

  • Creative Lives and Cultural Industries (30 credits)
  • Research Methods 2 (10 credits)
  • Optional course/s (worth 20 credits in total)

Semester 2 optional courses may include (subject to availability):

  • Business Finance (10 credits)
  • Digital Transformation (10 credits)
  • Processes of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (10 credits)
  • Internationalisation of SMEs (10 credits)
  • Intellectual Property Law (20 credits)
  • Festivals (20 credits)

Summer (April - August)

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Some optional courses might not be available every year.

Career prospects

Whether you are seeking a management role in an established organisation or plan to pursue a more entrepreneurial path, this course will equip you with a critical understanding of the landscape within which cultural and creative industries operate, and enable you to develop the analytical skills necessary for a career in this growing sector.

At the same time, the programme offers an academically engaging and rewarding experience allowing you to embark on policy advisory and consultancy roles or to pursue further postgraduate studies.



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This Masters in Speech, Language & Sociolinguistics will enable you to explore the links between producing and processing speech and language as part of everyday social interaction. Read more

This Masters in Speech, Language & Sociolinguistics will enable you to explore the links between producing and processing speech and language as part of everyday social interaction. The range of courses available for this programme provide the key linguistic, technical, and research skills to investigate different aspects of spoken and written language, to carry out your own sociolinguistic studies, and to design and implement speech and language experiments of your own.

Why This Programme

  • You'll be taught by expert academic staff who have directed and are currently directing research projects in speech, language and sociolinguistics (e.g. Seeing Speech, Sounds of the City, One Speaker Two Dialects, the Scots Syntax Atlas (SCOSYA), Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (SCOTS))
  • The flexibility of the Masters programme means that it is suitable for students who have little or no background in linguistics and also for students with some background who wish to carry out more sophisticated independent research in a particular area.
  • Our facilities include the Glasgow University Laboratory of Phonetics (GULP), which includes a speech recording studio.
  • English Language and Linguistics is currently within the Linguistics Pathway for the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership, which is based at the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS). The SGSSS offers excellent additional training courses for graduate students working in the social sciences in Scotland. 
  • You’ll also have access to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH), providing you with relevant training courses for graduate students in speech, language and sociolinguistics.

Programme Structure

You will take:

  • Two core courses
  • Four optional courses

You will also produce an independent, small-scale research project.

Semester 1: September to December

  • English language and linguistics research training
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Semester 2: January to March

  • Experimental design and data analysis
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

  • Independent research project

Career Prospects

Some students take our programme as a secondment from an ongoing teaching or professional education position held either here, or elsewhere in the world. Others continue into employment in language teaching, journalism, or other kinds of industrial or commercial research related to speech, language and sociolinguistics. The programme is also an excellent foundation to doctoral research either at Glasgow or elsewhere, and/or further training in speech and language therapy. 



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