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Art History - Modern Material Artefacts MSc

Art History - Modern Material Artefacts MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Kinds Art History

Course type


Course Summary

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.

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. 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. The programme aims to help you develop or enhance your career in the cultural heritage sector. This programme benefits from a number of scholarships provided by the Clothworkers Foundation.

This programme is aimed at historians, curators, scientists, conservators and collection managers (at any stage of their career) who want to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of historical modern materials. It is designed to enhance career prospects or for progression to doctoral studies in the UK and internationally.

Different course options

Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



Shaping Modern Artefacts: Material Form and Function - Core
Making Modern Artefacts: Historical Materials and Methods - Core
Ethics for Artefacts: Modern Materials - Core
Changing Modern Artefacts: Material Ageing and Degradation - Core
Research Methods in Practice - Core
Independent Research Project

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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 should also submit: a writing sample of 2,000-3,000 words; a CV or a personal statement

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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