Taught course

Reframing Medieval and Renaissance Global Art History

University of Edinburgh · History of Art

Entry requirements

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%.)

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0)131 650 4086