Arts of China MLitt

The Masters in Arts of China aims to stimulate your critical awareness, engendering a creative and informed understanding of art-world practice. You will be introduced to museum and auction house systems for classifying objects and study different models of museum and gallery display.

Key facts

Why this programme

  • This programme is based at Christie's Education in London.
  • You will benefit from the object-based study which is central to our teaching.
  • You will receive training relevant to the public and commercial art worlds: practical and research based study of materials and techniques, scientific analysis, style, dating, quality and authenticity.
  • You will study cataloguing to auction house and museum standards, including handling sessions, warehouse and museum visits; and take a professional cataloguing exam.
  • You will benefit from our programme of study trips: an international trip to China supplements regular visits to museums and collections throughout the year and is included in the basic fee.

Programme structure


  • Core lecture series Chinese Art 1700 BC–AD 1799, which underpins all components of the programme
  • Study trips, including a trip to China, included in the basic fee
  • Object-based study
  • Cataloguing to auction house and museum standards. 

MLitt components: 

  • Gallery & curatorial studies
  • Culture & ideology seminars Methodology seminars
  • Thesis: your opportunity to create an exhibition on a small group of objects, independently researched and catalogued. 

PgDip components: 

  • Art market, gallery & museum studies
  • Research project: you will either make a proposal for an exhibition, choosing the objects to be displayed, or write about a single work of art, placing it in context through your own original research.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2015

An undergraduate university degree, university transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 22 with Speaking no less than 23*
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 185; no sub-test less than 185
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 68; minimum 60 in writing

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2015-16 (subject to change and for guidance only)


This is a Christie’s Education programme: 
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This is a Christie’s Education programme: 
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Funding opportunities

Career prospects

This programme will prepare you for a range of careers in the art world, and can also lead to further postgraduate study. 

How to apply

Applications should be made directly to Christie's Education.