Applications for this programme are closed until the 2019/20 academic year.

This innovative programme gives you an in-depth knowledge of Renaissance and Early Modern culture from an interdisciplinary perspective that allows you to tap into the range of specialisms on offer at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Situated in the department of the History of Art, the programme also offers the opportunity to work closely with Renaissance and Early Modern collections in Edinburgh, from paintings by Botticelli or Titian, to early printed editions of Shakespeare, pioneering scientific texts, historic buildings and archival documents.

You will be part of Edinburgh’s vibrant academic culture with its weekly History of Art Research Seminar series and regular talks organised by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies by leading scholars in the field.

Programme structure

The first two semesters are based around small-group teaching and a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials, one-to-one supervision and private study. You will be examined through coursework and a dissertation.

As well as the choice of a full range of option courses taught by experts in different humanities subjects, you will have the opportunity to apply for an internship at a local museum, gallery or library. On acceptance, the internship option will require you to work one day a week at the host institution. From April to September, you will be engaged full-time researching and writing your dissertation.

There may also be the option of an intensive course taught in Italy, subject to availability.


You may choose to take your research skills and advanced knowledge into the area of doctoral research and work towards an academic career. Alternatively, you will be equipped to enter the cultural heritage field, especially with the practical experience you gain through the internship element of this programme.

How to apply and entrance 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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Dr Yuthika Sharma

(On leave) Programme Director, Renaissance & Early Modern Studies - MSc, and Lecturer, Indian/South Asian Art History, History of Art

Email: Yuthika.Sharma@ed.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0) 131 650 4126

Facilities and resources

Resources for History of Art, Art, Architecture and Landscape Architecture students.

The public art gallery for the University of Edinburgh, comprising three distinct exhibition spaces.


Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086