Taught course

Art History: The Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy

University of Glasgow · College of Arts

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified. Note: A minimum 2.1 in History of Art or a related subject is required. You should also submit a writing sample of 2-3000 words, a CV and a personal statement. International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

The Art History Masters programme in The Renaissance in Northern Europe and Italy explores the richness and complexity of artistic invention from the late thirteenth through the seventeen centuries. It will provide you with hands-on engagement with original illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, and other works of art in world-class collections and opportunities to visit Scottish renaissance architectural monuments. Another key strength of the programme is its interdisciplinary core course which will enable you to engage with a variety of methodological, theoretical, and technical perspectives according to your individual needs and interests.

  • You will learn from world-leading researchers and develop expert knowledge in this specialised area within History of Art.
  • Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing.

  • The University’s own Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is the oldest public museum in Scotland and has extensive holdings covering fine art, geology, anatomy and the history of medicine.
  • In the most recent independent review of research quality (RAE 2008), History of Art at Glasgow was rated the highest of all universities in the UK.

Programme Structure

The programme is comprised of a core course designed to give you an overview of methods and approaches as well as seminar opportunities to engage directly with original works of art; and optional courses, enabling you to create your own Masters programme. The programme also allows you to work in an interdisciplinary capacity, selecting courses from across the College of Arts, according to personal interests. Language and renaissance palaeography study are among the optional courses available. The programme convenor will work with you to ensure a sensible portfolio of courses is constructed, according to your personal aims and objectives. Core teaching and research training are delivered during the first semester. Optional courses may be taken during the first and second semesters, followed by dissertation reserach. The dissertation provides an opportunity for you to identify an area of interest and to create a research project that allows in-depth critical exploration of it.

Core Courses

  • Defining the Renaissance: Objects, Theories, Categories

Optional Courses

  • Masters of the Venetian Renaissance: Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese
  • The Palace as Portrait
  • Death and the Art of Dying in the Renaissance North
  • From Gothic to Renaissance in Northern Europe
  • Work Placement

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training): Overall score 7.0; 2 subtests not lower than 7.0 and no other sub-test lower than 6.5. IBTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 24

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Debra Strickland