Taught course

Art History: Dress & Textile Histories

University of Glasgow · School of Culture and Creative 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. Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

Months of entry


Course content

Prestigious Scottish Funding Council Awards are available to high calibre applicants for this programme. The SFC has selected this programme in recognition of the high demand for students with these qualifications. The awards cover all tuition costs; for further information, please see: www.gla.ac.uk/postgraduate/funded/

The Masters in Dress & Textile Histories creates specialists in the curation, interpretation and preservation of dress and textiles in museums, costume departments, archives and historic interiors.

Why Glasgow

  • If you want to explore the histories of dress and textiles and develop expert knowledge then this programme is for you.
  • This programme will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of theory and practice in dress and textile histories in a critical and/or historical context,.
  • You will explore aspects of the historical development of dress and textiles using a variety of different research methods, including object-based study, and gain an understanding of both the interpretation and preservation of collections in museums, historic houses or similar organisations.
  • 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.
  • Glasgow is the ideal city in which to study dress and textile history. Not only does Scotland have a rich textile history offering many opportunities for research, but there are internationally significant dress collections close by.
  • The programme provides you with a unique opportunity within the UK to study historic dress and textiles. You will have privileged access to primary source material, including objects and archives, at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, Glasgow Museums, National Museums of Scotland, and Paisley Museum and Art Gallery.
  • Work placements will enable you to develop your professional expertise.

Programme Structure

The taught component consists of five core courses and one optional course, running over two semesters. This is followed by a period of supervised research and writing towards a dissertation, submitted at the end of August.

You will also undertake a four-day study trip to see collections in a UK city.

In-house specialists and visiting researchers / practitioners will give lectures in your chosen discipline. These lectures will be enhanced with seminar discussions, some based in museums and galleries, giving you the opportunity to present your ideas and discuss them with classmates in a supportive but challenging environment.

Core courses

  • Research methods in practice
  • Framing dress and textile histories
  • 19th-century dress and textiles
  • Making dress and textile histories
  • Material cultures.

Optional courses

You may choose from the following options in the College of Arts

  • a Humanities Advanced Technology and Information Institute (HATII) course: 2D Digitisation (Theory and Practice)
  • a course from elsewhere in the College of Arts, subject to the approval of the programme convenor.

Or from these courses run by History of Art

  • Understanding textiles
  • Work placement
  • Independent study.

Career Prospects

The attributes you gain will be attractive to employers from museums, the heritage sector, art dealers and auction houses. You could also get into theatre, film and television production as a costume researcher/designer. The programme also offers an excellent foundation upon which to progress to PhD studies and an academic career.

Information for international students

General English language requirements IELTS 6.5 (with no subtest less than 6) iBT TOEFL 92 (with no less than 21 in Listening & writing, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking) Cambridge ESOL Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) - B minimum or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) - C minimum

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Art History