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Collections and Curating Practices

The University of Edinburgh

12 months
26300 GBP/year
12000 GBP/year
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The Collections and Curating Practices programme offered by The University of Edinburgh will enable you to pursue research-focused study while developing a rigorous understanding of current debates and practices in the field of curatorship.


Delivered in partnership with flagship cultural institutions, the Collections and Curating Practices programme offered by The University of Edinburgh responds to a growing need for graduates able to work at the interface of academic research and the curatorial profession. It offers a rigorous framework for intellectual development and innovation, combining supervised independent research with seminar teaching and unique opportunities for live project delivery.

You will gain critical, analytical, interpretative and other research skills that are transferable to further academic research, to curatorial settings and to other careers. 

Training and support

You will be assigned a research supervisor at the outset of your degree.

The Collections: Theories Practices and Methods course offer tuition in a range of skills from object handling and accreditation processes to exhibition making. The Guided Research Placement course includes training in project and budget management as well as presentation skills.

Career development opportunities are built into the syllabus including advice days and a bespoke mentoring programme.


Situated in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town, Edinburgh College of Art has a wide range of studios and workshop spaces, libraries and collections, places to socialise, perform and show work; all within walking distance of world-class museums, music venues and galleries.

Our facilities range from the historic, to contemporary, specialist spaces for making work at all scales, in and across all media. In this directory, you’ll find details of our own facilities, and selected places in the city to be inspired, research, collaborate or gain work experience.

Programme Structure

Two interlocking compulsory courses underpin the programme:

  • Collections: Theories, Practices and Methods

Specialists drawn from across the University and partner organisations deliver theoretical and practical sessions relating to curatorship.

  • Guided Research Placement

This course offers a unique opportunity for you to work with a small group to devise and deliver a substantial project for one of our partner institutions. Though you will be given a high degree of autonomy, seminars and assignments will provide a supportive framework to help guide your development.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

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On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in any area of arts (e.g. fine art, digital arts, art, visual culture), or humanities (e.g. art history, cultural geography, literature, archaeology, cultural studies), or social sciences (e.g. social anthropology, sociology), or history of science, or a related field.
  • You should also have professional or internship experience in museums, galleries or other cultural organisations. You will be able to demonstrate aptitude for conducting research at a level beyond that expected in a taught masters degree, and will also be able to demonstrate willingness to work as part of team in a professional context.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    26300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 26300 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    12000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 12000 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time fees: 

  • Home: £6,700
  • International/EU - £13,150

Living costs for Edinburgh

725 - 1167 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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