Taught course

Art History: Modern Material Artefacts

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.

You will also need a pass in Chemistry at Scottish Higher or equivalent. A pass in the International Academic Projects distance-learning course Chemistry for Conservators is an acceptable alternative.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme engages with historical and scientific concepts and practices for the interpretation, investigation and preservation of museum and archive collections. It is designed to enable you to become proficient in object-based techniques from art history, material science and conservation for the interdisciplinary study of commercial synthetic materials in applied arts and social history collections. A key strength of this programme is its focus on modern materials as common artefacts that includes fibres and colourants as well as plastics.

Why this programme?

  • This is a unique programme in the UK and the first worldwide to focus on ‘everyday’ and commercially-designed modern materials in decorative arts, fashion, design and social history collections.
  • Museums and archives need qualified heritage professionals who understand the significance, degradation and ethical care of modern materials, which are increasing in number and range across collections.
  • We offer a fertile and dynamic academic environment of world-class expertise and facilities in sciences, arts and heritage practice with an extensive international network of professional specialists and research collaborators.
  • You'll have access to the collections of the University’s Hunterian Museum and Glasgow’s civic museums through the prestigious new Kelvin Hall cultural hub, as well as the Scottish Business Archive which is on campus.
  • This innovative programme is based in the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, which is internationally-respected for excellence in object-based teaching and research for cultural heritage.
  • We welcome applicants from across the arts and sciences, current professionals or career changers, from the UK or abroad.
  • The programme aims to help you develop or enhance your career in the cultural heritage sector.

Information for international students

Please see the English language Requirements.


Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time fee: £8450 Part-time fee: £939 per 20 credits
International students
Full-time fee: £17620

For funding opportunities search the scholarships database


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Dr Anita Quye