Taught course

Museum Studies: Artefacts & Material Culture

University of Glasgow · School of Humanities

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.

Months of entry


Course content

Taught in collaboration with Archaeology, this Masters in Museum Studies: Artefacts & Material Culture introduces you to the specialist skills of archaeological finds analysis and topics related to the study and care of artefact collections. Alongside practical skills, you’ll develop awareness of theoretical complexities of interdisciplinary material culture studies, plus knowledge of professional issues in the management and curation of cultural materials.

  • 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.
  • You will benefit from the involvement of staff from Glasgow Museums, National Museums Scotland and other institutions within Scotland, and will have the opportunity to work with collections from local museums, including the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.
  • This programme will prepare you to work with archaeological collections within the museum environment. You will undertake training in artefactual analysis through shared teaching with the MSc Material Cultures and Artefact Studies programme. The opportunity to take specialist courses in Archaeology in the second semester provides an excellent basis for those wishing to undertake further research in the future.
  • There are great opportunities for you to take practice-based courses or work placements at the museums and galleries that partner the programme.

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Information for international students

Please see the English language Requirements.


Fees and funding

UK students
Full-time fee: £8000 Part-time fee: £889 per 20 credits
International students
Full-time fee: £17620

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

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