Postgraduate study

Reframing Medieval and Renaissance Global Art History MSc

Awards: MSc

Study modes: Full-time

Funding opportunities

This programme invites you to join one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of global medieval and renaissance art historical and cultural expertise in the UK. The programme encourages you to challenge traditional Eurocentric assumptions. Together we will question what it means for something to be medieval, renaissance, or non-Western, uncovering neglected narratives and scrutinising assumptions that have often served as the foundations of art historical scholarship. Meaningful connections and shared concerns will be established by embracing theoretical frameworks and more recent approaches to objects (such as the body, ritual, performativity and material culture).

Covering a period from the third to the seventeenth century, across the world—including the British Isles, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa, India, China and Japan—and cultures from Celtic and Christian to Islamic and Buddhist, the programme will allow you to conduct in-depth research projects in Edinburgh’s rich collection of archives and libraries, with behind-the-scenes access to world-leading galleries and museums.

You will also spend a week in Rome working closely with members of the programme team.

You will study two compulsory courses, Approaching World Objects which centres on exhibition design (Semester 1), and Global Rome incorporating an intensive study week in Rome (Semester 2), leading on to your dissertation.

You will also choose four option courses, from a range reflecting the expertise of the programme’s staff, as well as relevant courses in architectural history, music, history and literature, among others.

You will have the option to gain hands-on experience through our internship opportunities at national and local institutions that specialise in the documentation, interpretation and social relevance of art and culture.

The wide-ranging nature of this programme will equip you for further, more specialised, study and potentially a future academic career. The vocational element is the ideal stepping-stone to a career in art history, whether in the public or private sector. You’ll also gain an array of highly transferable skills, such as communication, curatorial practice and project management, which will prove an asset in any career. More specifically, our emphasis and approach mean you will gain analytic skills especially attuned to the nuance of cultural exchange and a global outlook.

Normally a UK 2:1 honours degree or its international equivalent. (Revised 29.10.2019 to remove the requirement for a mark of at least 65%.)

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.0 in each module)

  • TOEFL-iBT: total 100 (at least 20 in each module)

  • PTE Academic: total 67 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)

  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 169 in each module)

  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

AwardTitleDurationStudy mode
MScReframing Medieval and Renaissance Global Art History1 YearFull-timeTuition fees

Featured funding

UK government postgraduate loans

If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments. The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on your programme, the duration of your studies, and your residency status. (Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.)

Other funding opportunities

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  • Postgraduate Admissions Office
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 57 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JU

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

You must submit one reference with your application.

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Further information

  • Postgraduate Admissions Office
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 57 George Square
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9JU