Material Culture and Artefact Studies, Master | University of Glasgow | Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Material Culture and Artefact Studies

12 months
22140 GBP/year
10560 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Material Culture and Artefact Studies programme of the University of Glasgow combines the archaeological recovery and specialist examination of an object with its presentation, management and understanding within a cultural context.


Why this programme

  • The Material Culture and Artefact Studies programme of the University of Glasgow will prepare you to participate at both a practical and theoretical level within the field of specialist artefactual analysis.
  • You will be able to undertake a work placement to gain valuable work experience in a museum, archaeological unit or other cultural institution.
  • You will benefit from the involvement of staff from Glasgow Museums, National Museums Scotland and other institutions within Scotland, and will have the opportunity to work with collections from local museums, including the University’s own Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.

Career prospects

The two strands to the degree enable you to prepare for further doctoral research whilst also providing opportunities for valuable vocational experience in a commercial environment.

The wealth of experience and knowledge provided by the interdisciplinary nature and focus of the degree and the networks and relationships developed during their time here, has stood past graduates in good stead upon graduation. They have found full-time positions with Historic Scotland, Headland Archaeology Ltd, Guard Archaeology Ltd.  While others are working with various heritage organisations and some are continuing with their postgraduate studies.

Several of our international graduates have found employment working at the Smithsonian, Washington D.C and at the Pink Palace Museum, Memphis Tennessee. Others continue to work in the Cultural Resource Management sector. Several students have gone on to further doctoral research at Glasgow University and beyond, on prehistoric stone tools, Shetland lace knitting, Bronze Age ceramics and medieval settlement.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Material Culture In Context
  • The Process of Artefact Studies
  • Lithic Analysis
  • Critical Themes in the Display and Reception of Objects
  • Early Medieval Artefacts
  • Viking and Late Norse Artefacts (Ad 750-1350)

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • The entry requirement for this postgraduate taught programme is a 2.1 Honours degree, or an equivalent qualification in Archaeology or another relevant subject (for example Anthropology, Geography, Geology, History or Environmental Science)
  • Suitable practical experience
  • 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)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    22140 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 22140 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10560 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10560 GBP per year during 12 months.

UK Part-time fee: £1174 per 20 credits


  • UK: £7040
  • Part-time fee: £1174 per 20 credits
  • International & EU: £14760

Living costs for Glasgow

620 - 1012 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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