12 months
20570 GBP/year
10960 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Art law is an exciting and fast-developing area, tackling issues surrounding the legal treatment of fine art and cultural heritage. The Art Law programme from University of York is a unique collaborative and interdisciplinary course, co-taught by academic specialists from York Law School and the Department of History of Art.

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The global trade in art is now a multi-billion dollar industry. In this growing and evolving market, the need for experts to negotiate, defend, analyse and understand the art world is ever more apparent.

You'll gain a deep understanding of the complex legal, artistic, social and ethical issues in the art world and learn essential skills of analysis and negotiation.

A wide range of networking opportunities and masterclasses - in addition to a compulsory field trip - means you'll gain practical, in-depth knowledge of the field, invaluable for careers in the trade or further academic study.

Careers and skills

The skills you'll gain from studying at York Law School are widely in demand in the legal sector. You'll get active support in careers and development planning, both through structured sessions and workshops, and individual advice from our Employability Tutor.

We encourage you to get involved with our Careers and Development Programme. The bespoke programme includes several employers, providing an insight into the legal profession and the relevant recruitment processes. There is also help available for those of you who are thinking about non-legal employers or academic routes following your LLM.

Career opportunities

Although most graduates from York Law School choose to enter legal fields, others have gone on to gain employment in sectors such as:

  • finance
  • health and social work
  • public administration
  • retail

Graduates from the Art Law programme from University of York benefit from excellent relationships with numerous museums and galleries and work in a wide-range of careers including:

  • museums, galleries and auction houses
  • cultural management
  • heritage and conservation
  • journalism and media
  • teaching
  • education
  • art administration

Finally, the research skills you'll develop are an excellent foundation for further research. Many of our successful LLM graduates have gone on to pursue PhD studies, both at York and elsewhere.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Research Skills and Methods 
  • Legal Systems: Sources & Operation
  • Art: A Problematic Life Cycle 
  • Art: Commodity or Valuable 
  • Law and Art: Parallel Perspectives 
  • Mapping the World, 1100-1300

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 2:1 or equivalent in Law, History of Art or another subject

Tuition Fee

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    20570 GBP/year
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  • National

    10960 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10960 GBP per year during 12 months.

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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