Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

Reasons to choose the programme

You’ll embrace cultural perspectives from across the globe to reassess the judgement and values attached to medieval and renaissance art that have often been taken as universal.
You will draw on the expertise of internationally renowned global medieval and renaissance art experts.
You will spend a week in Rome, experiencing first-hand the city as a global hub.
With access to Edinburgh’s world-class galleries, museums and libraries, you’ll explore rare collections and manuscripts.
You will gain hands-on experience through our internship programme and graduate ready for work or to begin PhD research.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


This exciting new masters programme challenges the fragmented and Eurocentric narratives that have dominated the canon of art history. Covering a period from the third to the seventeenth century, with a far-reaching geographical scope, including the British Isles, the Mediterranean, the Middle East, India, China and Japan, we question what it means for something to be ‘global’, ‘medieval’, or ‘renaissance’.

As a student, you will have the opportunity to conduct research projects in Edinburgh’s rich collection of archives and libraries, with behind the scenes access to world-leading galleries and museums. In the second semester, you will carry out a week’s intensive study in Rome, exploring the city as an international hub and uncovering its vibrant and diverse global art histories.

Joining one of the UK’s most innovative art history programmes, you will develop an understanding of the political, social, and religious systems that used art to define and assert medieval and renaissance identities, while gaining valuable hands-on experience through our optional internship programme for careers in the academic, cultural and heritage sectors.


When you graduate you’ll be ready for careers that engage with the history of art, cultural and heritage sectors, including documentation and interpretation, work in museums and galleries, and journalism and the media. You might even be inspired to continue your research with a PhD.

Our graduates are valued for the depth of their discipline specific knowledge and breadth of transferable professional skills.


Prof Carol Richardson

Professor of Early Modern Art History, History of Art

Director of Undergraduate Studies


Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 4119

Facilities and resources

The extensive University of Edinburgh Collections are here to facilitate teaching and research around the University. The collections, which stretch over 60 kilometres of materials, relate to the history of the University, Scotland, and the wider world.

Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086