Taught course

Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism

University of Edinburgh · School of Arts, Culture and Environment

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme will deepen your knowledge and understanding of the history and theory of modern and contemporary art, and prepare you for further research and/or a range of careers in the art world. The programme focuses on academic study and you can also opt for a cultural sector internship in or near Edinburgh.

There are two compulsory courses, Research, Theories and Methods (Semester 1) and Cultures and Politics of Display (Semester 2), and a selection of option courses that address contemporary art theory and attend to the complexities of modern art.

An external Fellow in Contemporary Art Theory and Curating, a leading voice in the field, shares his/her experience with students as part of the Semester 2 core unit classes in March. Your work culminates in a dissertation of around 15,000 words. Extracurricular research seminars will introduce you to emergent trends and world-class researchers.

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

Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 651 5736