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The University of Edinburgh: Global Premodern Art: History, Heritage and Curation

Institution The University of Edinburgh View institution profile
Department Edinburgh College of Art
Study type Taught


This programme invites you to join one of the largest and most diverse concentrations of medieval, renaissance and early modern art historical expertise in the UK. Together, we will uncover neglected narratives and scrutinise assumptions that have often served as the foundations of art historical scholarship.

This programme aims to:

  • diversify art history

  • reveal meaningful connections and shared concerns

  • embrace a breadth of theoretical frameworks and methodological approaches to objects from across the world

You will cover a period from the third to the eighteenth century, with a far-reaching geographical scope, including:

  • the British Isles

  • the Mediterranean

  • Latin America

  • the Middle East and North Africa

  • India, China and Japan

You will also study cultures from Christian to Islamic and Hindu to Buddhist.

The programme will allow you to conduct in-depth research projects in Edinburgh’s rich collection of archives and libraries, with behind-the-scenes access to world-leading galleries and museums.

You will also have the opportunity to spend a week in Rome, working closely with members of the programme team. 

Master of Science - MSc (PG)

Edinburgh. Extraordinary futures await.

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world's top universities, consistently ranked in the world top 50, and placed 27th in the 2025 QS World University Rankings.

Our position as one of Britain’s leading research universities was reaffirmed by the results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF). The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education, Overall Ranking of Institutions), with 90% of our research activity classified as world leading or internationally excellent in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.

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