find your perfect postgrad program
Search our Database of 30,000 Courses

University of Glasgow: Managing Art and Cultural Heritage in Global Markets

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Humanities
Study type Taught


The International Masters in Managing Art & Cultural Heritage in Global Markets (MAGMa), aims to explore contemporary issues affecting the market for art and cultural heritage (A & CH) utilising historical, theoretical and experiential models, with the primary aim of better equipping the A & CH professional with the skills necessary to work within a highly complex and growing field worldwide. The collaboration of European and international university and cultural institutions will deliver a programme that combines theory with practice, enabling an integrated approach to understanding the social, economic, legal and cultural issues affecting the A & CH sectors with first-hand experience of contexts as diverse as museums, heritage sites, auction houses, dealers and foundations.

  • This Programme brings together a consortium of five European universities: University of Glasgow, Institut d’Etudes Supérieures des Arts in Paris, University of Lisbon and University Institute of Lisbon, and Erasmus University Rotterdam, to deliver a unique multidisciplinary and cohesive approach to the art & cultural heritage field.
  • Each member of the Consortium brings world-leading expertise in key aspects of collections history, the art market, art and heritage law and cultural heritage management and economics.
  • Successful students will be awarded a multiple degree by the five contributing universities at the end of the two-year programme.
  • The programme utilises historical, theoretical and practice-based models, with the primary aim of better equipping the Art & Cultural Heritage professional with the skills necessary to work within a highly complex, volatile and growing field worldwide.
  • Mobility within Europe and beyond is built into the curriculum with opportunities to experience work placements in a range of private and public art and cultural institutions.
  • Guest lectures are provided by leading academics and professionals from the art market, museums and other heritage organisations.
  • Summer School partners include the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and the Hunterian, University of Glasgow. *Please note that not all summer schools will run every year and are subject to change at the discretion of our consortium partners.
  • Winter School Partner, TATA Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai will focus upon museums and heritage, the art market and cultural tourism operating in one of India’s major business and cultural centres.
  • Access to language learning opportunities are also available throughout the two year programme.

The programme is structured around a series of mobility periods across two years where you study at a combination of partner universities, taking a mix of core and optional courses. Teaching is delivered via a mix of lectures and seminars, with guest lectures and opportunities for work placements. The final mobility period will be spent at one of the partners under the supervision of a team from at least two universities.

The programme also includes an optional two-week summer school in years 1 and 2. Successful students will be awarded a multiple degree (four parchments) by all the consortium partners.

Core courses

Semester 1 (Sept-Dec): Lisbon University/ISCTE: Arts Management and Markets

  • Art markets: structure and dynamics
  • Cultural Entrepreneurship
  • Foundations of Accounting & Finance

Online: University of Glasgow: Art & Cultural Heritage in a Globalised World.

Semester 2 (Feb-June): IESA, Paris: Two Study Tracks: either Collecting in Art & Cultural Heritage or Managing the Cultural Heritage of the Future, including:

  • Collecting and Heritage Histories
  • Digital marketing and Press Relations
  • Museums, Art and Heritage Preservation, Law and Policy
  • CSR and Cultural Heritage

Online: University of Glasgow: Interdisciplinary Methodologies in Art & Cultural Heritage.

Summer: Summer School (optional)

Semester 3 (Sept-Jan):Erasmus University Rotterdam: Two Study Tracks: either Economics of Heritage, or Tourism & Heritage, including:

  • Cultural Economics Perspective and Research Workshop, Social Sciences, with either:
  • Economics of Cultural Heritage, or
  • Economics of Cultural Tourism

Online: University of Glasgow: Provenance and Restitution.

Semester 4 (Feb-Jul) (Glasgow, Paris, Lisbon or Rotterdam): Independent study, dissertation

Optional courses

There are a wide range of elective courses from each of the partners at Lisbon, Paris and Rotterdam.

These include Structure and Business of Contemporary Art Markets, Art, Museum and Heritage Law, Appraisal and Evaluation, Museums in Context, Cultural Sociology of Tourism, Art History 1860-1945, Art History 1945 to today, Mounting exhibitions.

The integration of academic theory with practice across an interdisciplinary curriculum will provide a broad skill-set and experiences that develop informed graduates capable of operating at strategic levels in the art and cultural and heritage sector, both public and private, or of undertaking further study. The programme is designed for students with a diverse range of backgrounds and specialisms (e.g. art and cultural history, art market studies, law, business), but who are interested in the ways in which the art and cultural heritage sector operates and can be managed within a global context.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 81st in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2023
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2023
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after graduation …
View Profile

Not what you are looking for?

Search our comprehensive database of postgrad programs.

Postgraduate Bursary Opportunity with

Are you studying as a PG student at the moment or have you recently been accepted on a postgraduate program? Apply now for one of our £2000 PGS bursaries.

Click here