Find a Degree Postgraduate Taught Programmes Art and Business

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Study Modes
Full-time (12 months)
Part-time (24 months)
Entry Date
Learning Mode
On-campus Learning


This innovative programme will appeal to students who wish to embark on careers in the art and heritage business. It is designed for students with a background in either history of art or business.

The taught MLitt in Art and Business is designed around the excellent resources available at the University of Aberdeen. Through the study of both art in situ and contemporary business theory and practice, students will gain a first-hand experience of the art market place. Options provide training in art historical, business, legal and museum methodology. The course is delivered as a collaboration between leading commercial professionals and academics. It provides a choice of approach to commercial issues in art history, heritage, and to business specialisms.

Contact Information

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Programme Co-ordinator: Professor Jane Geddes (History of Art)
School of Divinity, History and Philosophy
University of Aberdeen
AB24 3UB
United Kingdom

Programme Co-ordinator: Russel Williams (Business)



Art and Business begins with core courses designed for beginners from each field. Business students may take Introduction to Art History for Business. Core courses are Art and Business, Connoisseurship, Business Economics and Accounting & Finance. During the year, students are accompanied by staff, or travel on their own, on visits to galleries in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. Cost for this fieldwork is in addition to fees, and students are expected to budget for their own transport and accommodation (further information on Fieldwork costs by request). Direct experience is a key feature of the degree, as students engage with practising experts.

In the second half-session students can choose from a range of topics on Marketing, Communications, Business Model Innovation, The Leadership Challenge, Cultural Property Issues or Curating a Museum. During the year, there are intensive individual tutorials identifying and initiating work on the dissertation project. These will be jointly run by Art History and Business staff and will focus on the individual requirements of each student as they sharpen their focus on this assignment. In the summer, MLitt students write a dissertation.

Compulsory Courses

  • Art and Business
  • Business Economics
  • Accounting & Finance for Managers
  • Connoisseurship
  • Dissertation, 15,000 words (across the summer)

Students may take an audit introduction to Art History for Business

Options in the second semester include

  • Marketing Communications
  • Business Model Innovation
  • The Leadership Challenge
  • Cultural Property Issues: Law, Art & Museums
  • Curating an Exhibition



Assessment is based on written work (essays /exams) and moderated according to university standards. Oral presentation skills are developed. The taught courses total 120 credits, and the Dissertation/Art Project is 60 credits. Teaching is carried out by lectures, seminars, field trips and private tutorials.


This degree provides suitable preparation for working in the art market and heritage industry. Its business aspect also prepares students for general entrepreneurial job opportunities

Academic requirements
Candidates must normally have an Honours degree to at least 2.1 standard in an appropriate discipline or equivalent qualifications and experience.

English Requirements

For international students, proof of proficiency in English may be required. The accepted certificates and minimum scores are listed as follows:

  • IELTS test overall score of 6.5, with a writing and reading score of 6.0 and a listening and speaking score of 5.5
  • TOEFL overall score of 90, with a writing and reading score of 21, a listening score of 17 and a speaking score of 20
  • PTE Academic Test overall score of 62 with a writing and reading score of 54 and a listening and speaking score of 51


Full details of tuition fees is available here


Prospective students should visit the University's Postgraduate Funding Database

SFC Postgraduate Taught Scholarships

Thanks to additional funding from the Scottish government this programme has funded places for Scottish and EU Students. More Information.

University of Aberdeen Alumni Discount Scheme

The University of Aberdeen is very pleased to offer a 20% discount on postgraduate tuition fees for all alumni who have graduated with a degree from the University of Aberdeen.

The Alumni Discount Scheme applies to both home and overseas students, and applies to the self-funding element of the postgraduate tuition fee. This is the element of tuition fee which you are paying yourself and does not cover the element of tuition fee which is covered by a scholarship, funding body, your employer, a company, or any another source of funding. The Alumni Discount applies only to the tuition fee element and does not apply to any other costs such as additional programme costs or research costs. More Information can be found here


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