• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language

About

The Modern and Contemporary Art - History, Curating and Criticism programme at The University of Edinburgh combines academic study, including compulsory courses on Research, Theories & Methods and Cultures of Display alongside option courses on critical subjects and themes, with more practical, vocational elements, appropriate to studying in a major international art centre.

Learning outcomes

Students will acquire knowledge and understanding in the field of modern and contemporary art, as well as transferable research skills. The programme offers the possibility of an internship in a museum or gallery.

Career opportunities

The comprehensive nature of this programme, including the specialised courses it offers, will equip you for further research in this fascinating field, and perhaps an academic or curatorial career. The optional internship, in helping you gain vocational skills, experience and contacts, can open doors to a career in a museum, gallery or other cultural institution.

Programme Structure

There is a mixture of group teaching, individual tutorials and supervision, and research seminars. You will be taught by research-active staff, including leading experts in their fields. You are also expected to undertake independent study and research.

Formal assessment is by means of academic essays, a dissertation, and project work where appropriate.

The internship involves learning by direct practical experience. The MSc is offered full-time or part-time.

Courses include:

  • The Cultures and Politics of Display
  • Design Exploration
  • Cinema Auteurs
  • Scottish Art Since the 1960s: Practice and Debate
  • Surrealism, Violence and History

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. 
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):

    185

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    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:

    100

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in a relevant subject.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    21300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21300 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    10100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10100 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time:

  • EEA - £5,050
  • International - £10,650

Funding

Edinburgh College of Art scholarships are available.

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