Taught course

Antiquities Trafficking and Art Crime PgCert: online

University of Glasgow · School of Social and Political Sciences

Entry requirements

2.1 honours degree or non-UK equivalent in archaeology, criminology, art history, museum studies, sociology, anthropology, law, politics or fine art, however we accept applications from students from all disciplines. If you are unsure about your background, you can email the programme convener to discuss. Since courses are delivered online, you should have appropriate computer facilities, as well as a reliable internet connection.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme delves into the seedy grey market for looted and stolen cultural objects. By combining cutting edge research from the fields of criminology, archaeology, art history, heritage studies, and law, via discussion of compelling case studies, this programme will allow you to explore the criminal networks that function in the area of art crime and what can be done to protect our past and our culture for the future.

  • This is the only online art crime and illicit antiquities research programme currently available and is the first university-accredited postgraduate degree offered on this topic.
  • You will be taught by leading academics in this field, who are members of the Trafficking Culture Project, the only academic research group devoted to the study of the illicit trafficking of cultural objects.

  • This programme is taught entirely online through pre-recorded lectures and optional real-time seminars. This allows distance learners maximum flexibility while maintaining the high level of instructure and peer interaction needed to explore such challenging topics.
  • Students who successfully complete the PgCert will have the opportunity to come to Glasgow, to top up to a full masters degree in the areas of criminology and art history.

Information for international students

Please see the English language Requirements.

Fees and funding

UK students
£5,000 (total fee, incremental payment schedule available) Home/EU students will receive a 25% tuition fee discount for Sep 2019 entry
International students
£5,000 (total fee, incremental payment schedule available)

For funding opportunities search the scholarships database


Qualification and course duration


12 months

Course contact details

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