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History of Art, Theory and Display - MSc



1 year (Full time); 2 years (Part time)
Full-time; Part-time


Why take this programme?

This is the perfect programme for you if a thorough understanding of art across historical and geographical boundaries is your aim. You will be studying the history of art in one of the most vibrant cities in the UK and in one of the largest departments for the subject. Through our internship network, you will get the chance to work inside some of Scotland’s world-leading museums, galleries, libraries and special collections. This will give you a chance to put your learning into practice. Graduates have found the History of Art, Theory and Display programme the ideal stepping-stone to pursue more in-depth study (e.g. a PhD), or to gain invaluable experience towards finding a position in the museums world and cultural sector.

Join a vibrant history of art community

Throughout this unique programme, you work within a lively subject area at one of the UK’s most highly-rated research universities. You join a very large and active community of other History of Art Masters and research students. Your work is supported and guided by expert teaching staff who are all writing and publishing research, curating exhibitions, giving research papers and organizing conferences.  

What will I be studying?

The programme is underpinned by two compulsory courses over the academic year, called Research Theories and Methods and The Cultures and Politics of Display. Around this, you take option courses ranging across Chinese and Islamic art, European art from Roman, Medieval, Renaissance and Modern times, right up to the most recent art being made in the UK and abroad today.  

In the end, you will have strong research abilities, valuable in-the-job experience, a wide knowledge of art in its many contexts, and first-hand experience of some of the practices and concepts of museology and contemporary curating. 

How to apply and entry requirements

If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

  • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
  • get information on what to expect after you apply
  • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
  • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
  • find out where to go for further advice and guidance.

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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)131 650 4086

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