Modern & Contemporary Art (Christie's Education, London) MLitt

This Masters in Modern & Contemporary Art 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 have the opportunity to study in direct contact with works of art through museum/gallery-based classes, specialist-led handling sessions, studio visits and conservation sessions.
  • You will study cataloguing to auction house and museum standards; through detailed case studies you will assess issues that affect market value; and analyse the different processes of assessment, classification and interpretation used by art institutions.
  • You will benefit from our programme of study trips: regular visits to UK sites and two international trips to major sites in Europe or the Americas are included in the basic fee.

Programme structure

  • Core lecture series: Modern, anti-Modern, post-Modern: which underpins all components of the programme.
  • UK and international study trips, 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, using the key academic and professional skills you have learned on the programme.

PgDip components

  • Art market, gallery & museum studies
  • Art history seminars
  • Research project: you will select and source a stimulating group of works for exhibition, design a display for a specific venue and produce strategies for the marketing, interpretation and financial aspects of the project.

Entry requirements

for entry in 2016

An undergraduate university degree, university transcripts, two letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Non-English speaking students must have IELTS 7 or equivalent.

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

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • 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
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEIII at Pass with Pass in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit 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 English for Academic Study Unit 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:


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

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2016-17


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Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni applying to the MLitt. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

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.