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Applications for the MAGMa Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for entry in 2024 will open on 1 October and close on 19 January 2024. 

MAGMa welcomes applications from all over the world, from Erasmus Mundus Scholarship applicants and from suitably qualified self-funded applicants. 

  • If you are applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you must ensure your application is submitted by 19 January 2024.
  • Self-funded applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the summer until all available places are filled. 

The University of Glasgow is the co-ordinating institution of the MAGMa Consortium. All applications for the MAGMa programme and for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships must be submitted via the University of Glasgow online application portal. None of the other Consortium partners are able to accept applications. 

All applications, both scholarship and self-funded, undergo 2 assessments:

  1. The University of Glasgow Admissions team will assess your academic qualifications and English language test results to determine whether you are eligible for entry to the programme.
  2. After the scholarship application deadline, all eligible applications are sent on to the MAGMa Consortium partners, who will review the personal statement, CV and references.
    In some instances, the Consortium may wish to interview candidates as part of the scholarship applications process.

    The 2024 Eramsus Mundus MAGMa Scholarship announcements will be made in April.

Self-funded applications received after the scholarship application deadline will be similarly reviewed and offers made on a rolling basis until all available places on the programme are filled.  

Entry requirements

Please ensure you meet the MAGMa entry requirements before starting an application.

  • UK – 2:1 Honours Degree
  • EU & International – Country-specific GPA requirements here


Relevant subject areas: 

  • History of Art
  • History of collecting
  • Art market and provenance studies
  • History
  • Social and Economic History
  • Economics
  • Business and Management
  • Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies
  • Conservation
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Classics
  • Law

Other subjects may be accepted with relevant work experience.

Required documents and Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application form

There are strict rules regarding what constitutes a valid application for the MAGMa programme. We strongly advise you to submit your complete application in plenty of time and check that everything has uploaded properly by the deadline.

If your application is incomplete at the deadline it will not be accepted. 

You will need to submit all of the following for a complete application:

- MAGMa 2024 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application (or MAGMa 2024 Self-funded applicants Personal Statement if you're not applying for the EM Scholarship)
- academic transcript(s) to date, with official English translations if required 
- degree certificate(s) to date (if available) with official English translations if required 
- CV
- 2 references
- English test results to the required level
- a copy of your passport photo page if you're an International student


  • MAGMa 2024 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship application(if you're applying for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship)
    MAGMa 2024 Self-funded applicants Personal Statement (if you're applying as a self-funded student)

    Both forms ask you to detail the following: 
    • your motivation for choosing the MAGMa programme;
    • your suitability for the MAGMa programme; 
    • an outline of your research interests and placement aims/practice aims 

      NOTE: The scholarship application form/personal statement form are Word documents. Once you have completed the form, please upload it to your application as a PDF. 
  • Official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • Official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
    If you have both an undergraduate and postgraduate degree, you may upload both. 
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s) if they are not in English
  • Current CV (we accept any format) 
  • English Language Test Certificate (if your first language is not English)
  • Passport photo page 
  • Two reference letters (At least one of the two references should be an academic reference. One may be a professional reference where it is not possible to obtain two academic references.)
    IMPORTANT! References must be:
    • dated within the last 2 years of the date of submission of your application
    • on headed paper, or have an official stamp
    • signed (either digitally or by hand. A typed name is not sufficient)

If your referee prefers their reference to remain confidential, they can email the reference to erasmusreferences@glasgow.ac.uk
They should mention your name in the subject line. The email must come from your referee’s professional email account. We do not accept references sent from personal email addresses (gmail, hotmail etc). 

The University of Glasgow is unable to contact referees on applicants' behalf.


  Important Notes: 

  • In order to be considered for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, you MUST submit ALL of the above documents, including English Language certificate, by the submission deadline on 19 January 2024. The only exception to this is final degree certificates and transcripts where an applicant is still currently studying.
  • Scholarship applications will not be reviewed until after the deadline on 19 January 2024. 
  • Once you start an application, you have 42 days to complete and submit it. 
  • You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish in the 42 days to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test. 
  • If you have both an undergraduate and postgraduate/Masters degree, you can upload both. 
  • If you are completing the final year of your first degree, your application will be considered on the basis of your academic transcript but any offer made will be Conditional until we receive your final degree.
  • You will not be able to enrol on the MAGMa programme until all required documents have been received and you have accepted an Unconditional offer.  
  • For more information about submitting documents, check Frequently Asked Questions.

Guidance notes for the University of Glasgow online application portal

These notes are intended to help you navigate and complete the University of Glasgow online application form accurately.

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and layout.
  • Contact Details: Your correspondence address. 
  • Choice of Programme: Select 'Managing Art and Cultural Heritage in Global Markets'. 
  • Proposed date of entry: this will be September 2024. 
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications, starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the institution as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employment/experience relevant to your MAGMa application. Additional details can be given in the personal statement in your scholarship application/personal statement form.  

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 6.5
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

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

TOEFL (ibt, mybest or athome)

  • 94 with no sub-test less than: Reading: 19, Listening: 20, Speaking: 20, Writing: 24

  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test. This includes TOEFL mybest.

CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English) and CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)

  • 185 overall; no sub-test less than 176

  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Pearsons PTE Academic 

  • 66; Listening 59;Reading 60; Speaking 59; Writing 74

  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Oxford English Test

  • Oxford ELLT 8
  • Reading and Listening: OIDI level no less than 7 with Reading: 25-26 and Listening: 18-19

  • Writing & Speaking: OIDI level no less than 8.

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or National Examinations Council (NECO)

  • English Language in WAEC/NECO at C6 or better, plus degree from any acceptable unbiversity in Nigeria or Ghana.

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English

  • Integrated Skills in English II & III & IV: ISEIII Pass with Pass in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

• Degree from a majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
- students must have studied for a minimum of 2 years at Undergraduate level, or 9 months at Master's level, and must have complete their degree in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

• Undergraduate 2+2 degree from majority-English speaking country (as defined by the UKVI including Canada if taught in English)
- students must have completed their final two years study in that majority-English speaking country and within the last 6 years

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.

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The MAGMa programme is co-funded by the European Union through the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters programme (EMJM) which offers the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for its EMJM programmes. 

Co-funded by the EU logo

Applications for the MAGMa Erasmus Mundus Scholarship will be considered by the Consortium ONLY if they are submitted by the deadline for scholarship applications and with all the required documents including English test results to the required standard.
The only exception to this is final degree certificates and transcripts, where an applicant is still currently studying. 

For further details, see Scholarships.


Individual Needs Support

Financial Support for Students with Individual Needs

MAGMa has received ERASMUS MUNDUS ‘individual needs’ funding from the EU to support successful applicants with long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments. This is available to both EMJM scholarship students and EMJM self-/other-funded students. The funding total for the four MAGMa editions (in 2023, 2024, 2025 and 2026) is 120,000 euro and students, who are within the ‘individual needs’ group, can apply for support funding of over 3,000 euro and under 60,000 euro. Funding may be used as a contribution towards adapting environments and/or technology, services, assistance by third persons, additional travel/transportation costs or technology.

Please note that apportioning these funds will be at the discretion of the University of Glasgow’s ‘Inclusion Team’ and may not cover the total amount of the costs for your request but will cover a substantial portion of the costs.

Please add a supplementary statement to your application stating if you are within this ‘individual needs’ group and describe what adaptations, services or travel/transportation support you require to enable you to study on MAGMa. You will also be required to submit a statement from a professional (consultant, doctor, psychiatrist, optician, audiologist, etc.) confirming your condition/needs.

Further details can be found in the ERASMUS+ programme guide https://erasmus-plus.ec.europa.eu/document/erasmus-programme-guide-2022-version-2 and key wording from the 2022 ERASMUS+ programme guide is included here:

Contribution to individual needs of disabled students

Contribution for individual needs are eligible if they fulfil the general eligibility [entry requirements] conditions set in the grant agreement. They will be used for enrolled disabled students, with or without scholarship, (e.g., long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments), such as those related to the acquisition of special items or services (e.g., assistance by third persons, adaptation of work environment, additional travel/transportation costs). The support to cover such individual needs of enrolled students, will take the form of the following special needs unit costs:

a b c d e f g h i j
3,000 4,500 6,000 9,500 1,300 18,500 27,500 35,500 47,500 60,000

Calculation of the unit cost contribution per student:

Enrolled students will declare what type of items/services are needed and their cost. The applicable unit cost will be identified as the rate corresponding to or immediately lower than the estimated expenses. This unit cost is a contribution and is not intended to fully cover the actual costs.

NB: costs below the lowest rate (i.e., less than EUR 3 000) will not be eligible for additional support and will have to be covered by the contribution to the institutional costs of the EMJM or by other funding sources of the beneficiary institutions.

Application deadlines

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Applications open 1 October 2023 and close (for scholarship applications): 19 January 2024. Please ensure your application is complete. Applications that are incomplete at the deadline will not be considered for the Scholarship. 

Applications open 1 October 2023 and close (for International self-funding applications): July 2024
Applications open 1 October 2023 and close (for UK & EU self-funding applications): August 2023

Applicants should be aware that there is a cap on numbers for the programme and once the quota is reached, the application process will be closed and no further offers will be made. 

Although applications to the programme will be considered on a continuous basis by the University of Glasgow Admissions team, please note that the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship applications will not go on to the Consortium for review until after the scholarship application deadline, 19 January 2024.

Eligible scholarship applications will be reviewed by the MAGMa Consortium through February and March, and successful applicants will be notified in April 2024.