About the MSc

The taught MSc program, The Art of the Global Middle Ages,  is designed for students seeking a distinctive perspective on the arts of the Middle Ages. Visual culture, throughout the medieval period, is addressed from a global viewpoint. The programme combines study of the arts and their audiences in Europe, the Islamic world and China. The main focus is placed on issues of cultural exchange, through such themes the exchange gifts, pilgrimage, commerce and conquest. While building this uniquely broad perspective on medieval art, students will also be given the opportunity to specialize in one cultural area of their choice.

Our gallery on this website will give you a glimpse of some of the class activities from this year.

General Aims
• Provide a broad introduction to European, Islamic and Chinese visual culture in the period known in Europe as the ‘Middle Ages,’ which coincided with classical phases civilisation in both East and West Asia.
• Provoke a reflection on the global dimension of art in this period through such themes as diplomatic exchange, commerce and pilgrimage.
• Offer the opportunity to build specialized knowledge of at least one of the cultural areas studied.
• Prepare students for further scholarly research, or for a career working with objects, images or works of art from the period in museums, galleries, archives and other settings.

More detailed information about the taught MSc is available through our page on the History of Art website.