This programme engages with historical and scientific concepts and practices for the interpretation, investigation and preservation of museum and archive collections. It is designed to enable you to become proficient in object-based techniques from art history, material science and conservation for the interdisciplinary study of commercial synthetic materials in applied arts and social history collections. A key strength of this programme is its focus on modern materials as common artefacts that includes fibres and colourants as well as plastics.
Why this programme
- This is a unique programme in the UK and the first worldwide to focus on ‘everyday’ and commercially-designed modern materials in decorative arts, fashion, design and social history collections.
- Museums and archives need qualified heritage professionals who understand the significance, degradation and ethical care of modern materials, which are increasing in number and range across collections.
- We offer a fertile and dynamic academic environment of world-class expertise and facilities in sciences, arts and heritage practice with an extensive international network of professional specialists and research collaborators.
- You'll have access to the collections of the University’s Hunterian Museum and Glasgow’s civic museums through the prestigious new Kelvin Hall cultural hub, as well as the Scottish Business Archive which is on campus.
- This innovative programme is based in the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History, which is internationally-respected for excellence in object-based teaching and research for cultural heritage.
- We welcome applicants from across the arts and sciences, current professionals or career changers, from the UK or abroad.
- The programme aims to help you develop or enhance your career in the cultural heritage sector.
You will take:
- five core courses
- one optional course (or independent study)
You’ll also produce an independent research project.
Semester One: September to December
- Making Modern Artefacts: Historical Materials and Methods
- Shaping Modern Artefacts: Material Form and Function
- Research Methods in Practice
Semester Two: January to March
- Changing Modern Artefacts: Material Ageing and Degradation
- Ethics for Artefacts: Modern Materials
- Optional course (or independent study)
Summer: April to September
Independent research project
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Legal statements: Disclaimer.
The programme is aimed at curators, scientists, conservators and collection managers already working in, or entering, the cultural heritage sector who want to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of historical modern materials. It is designed to enhance career prospects or for progression to doctoral studies in the UK and internationally.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2018-19
|Home and EU|
|Full time fee||£7650|
|Part time 20 credits||850|
|Full time fee||£16650|
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £315
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
- Registration/exam only fee: £150
- General Council fee: £50
Modern Material Artefacts Inaugural Scholarships
Scholarships will not be for a fixed amount. The level of scholarship will be decided on the basis of the students’ applications and demonstrated need; it is likely that individual scholarships will be for less than £5,000
We can offer a number of scholarships for UK students in the inaugural year of the programme; all eligible programme applicants will be provided with details.More Information
John Buchan Mobility Scholarship
Recipients of this scholarship will be selected from applications received for the Research Support Awards. You may wish to indicate that you would like to be considered for one of these scholarships and you may also wish to alert your supervisor to this.
Please see John Buchan Mobility Scholarship for more details.More Information
Thomas & Margaret Roddan Trust
The Thomas and Margaret Roddan Trust offers bursaries of £500-£3000 to students experiencing financial hardship. As a University of Glasgow student, you are eligible to apply if you have your ordinary residence in Scotland or outside the United Kingdom, and are either an undergraduate in your second year or above, or a postgraduate pursuing a taught or a research degree.More Information
Santander Universities UK is a global network, which exists to help provide students with the support they need to become tomorrow's leaders. The Santander fund awards to outstanding students and give them the possibility to travel abroad to continue their studies.More Information
University of Glasgow Chancellors Award
The University of Glasgow has a total of 20 Chancellors Awards available. The Award is available to students entering any of the University’s Colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.More Information
PGT Excellence Scholarship
The University of Glasgow has a total of 8 PGT Excellence Awards available to UK and EU Students. Scholarships are available to students entering any of the University’s colleges and are awarded as a tuition fee discount.More Information
University of Glasgow African Excellence Fee Waiver
For September 2018 academic session we are offering 8 scholarship worth the full tuition fee of a one year Masters programme to offer holders from Africa.
If you study here you will benefit from our extensive knowledge, state-of-the-art facilities and pioneering teaching methods. Studying at Glasgow will prepare you for a wide variety of careers that are in demand internationally.More Information
The University of Glasgow is offering 4 scholarships (one per college) for applicants to the University who are staying in the UK on humanitarian grounds and are facing challenges in progressing onto Higher Education. The scholarship is open to prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University of Glasgow applying for entry in 2018. The scholarship meets the full cost of tuition fees for the duration of your programme as well providing an additional £5,000 per year stipend, if the eligibility criteria for university accommodation is met this will also be provided for the duration of your degree. For more information on the accommodation criteria please see the Residential Services section on the website.
We are also offering 4 scholarships to students who hold refugee status. This scholarship is awarded as a £5000 per year stipend toward living costs per year of study.More Information
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.
You will also need a pass in Chemistry at Scottish Higher or equivalent. A pass in the International Academic Projects distance-learning course Chemistry for Conservators is an acceptable alternative.
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:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 100; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 24
- Listening: 24
- Speaking: 23
- Writing: 27
- 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 (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 70; no sub-test less than 70
- 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.
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:
- School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study
- BALEAP guide to accredited 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries. Find out more about visa requirements, and the support we offer:
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
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 lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- 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 (s) 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 employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide the name and contact details for one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. The reference should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.
For academic year 2018 - 2019:
- International applications (non-EU): 21 July 2018
- UK and EU applications: 25 August 2018
For academic year 2019 - 2020:
- 27 November 2018: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 11 December 2018
(if applying for funding from the University of Glasgow, this deadline must be met)
- 19 February 2019: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 16 March 2019.
- 21 May 2019: Please apply by this date to receive a decision on your application by 15 June 2019.
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