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Artefacts & Material Culture MSc

Artefacts & Material Culture MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeology Of Specific Kinds

Course type


Course Summary

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. 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.

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.

This programme equips you with the practical and theoretical skills for the study and care of artefacts in the museum sector. Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles within the cultural heritage sector; these include museums and galleries as well as historic houses, heritage sites and consultancy. Roles range from front of house, education and outreach to collections management, curation, marketing and management.

Different course options

Full time | University of Glasgow | 12 months | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
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.

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