• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    1 Year


Delve into the shady market for looted and stolen cultural objects. By combining cutting-edge research from the fields of criminology, archaeology, art history, heritage studies, and law, via discussion of compelling case studies, you can explore the criminal networks that operate in the area of art crime.

This is your unique opportunity to find out what can be done to protect our heritage and preserve our culture for future generations to enjoy.

Not only is this the only online art crime and illicit antiquities research programme currently available, its also the first university-accredited postgraduate degree offered on this topic.

Learn from leading academics in this field, who are members of the Trafficking Culture Project. This is the only academic research group devoted to the study of the illicit trafficking of cultural objects.

Our programme is taught entirely online through pre-recorded lectures and optional real-time seminars, so you can enjoy maximum flexibility while having the infrastructure and peer interaction required to explore such challenging topics.


  • Explain the differences between illegal art/antiquities, illicit art/antiquities and legal art/antiquities
  • Apply criminological and sociological theories and frameworks to evaluate art crime, antiquities trafficking and cultural property recovery
  • Apply key constructs to your own analyses of past and future cases of art and antiquities crime and cultural property recovery
  • Evaluate legislative regimes and other control measures that are applied


This programme complements careers in the museums and heritage sector, in law enforcement and security, in related fields of law, in fine art and provenance research. Graduates should also qualify to proceed to a full Masters degree in archaeology, heritage studies, museum studies, art history, criminology or another related discipline.


You will take three compulsory courses across three semesters, including summer. During each course, you will investigate and present an art or antiquities crime case study, produce a portfolio-quality digital artefact and write an essay for assessment. Depending on your needs and goals, you can take one of the courses individually or all three to achieve the qualification.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student Contract

  • SOCIO5085Antiquities Trafficking20 Credits

    A combined archaeological and criminological analysis of the looting, trafficking and illicit sale of antiquities. This course presents the realities of the source, transit and market for stolen artefacts. You’ll also learn about the techniques used and challenges faced in discouraging the illicit trade in antiquities.

  • SOCIO5086Repatriation, Recovery, Return20 Credits

    This course will explore the legal and ethical tools used in the reclamation of cultural property by countries, individuals, heirs, and cultural groups. Participants will explore the debates pertaining to the concepts of repatriation, restitution, and return of cultural property, how these concepts are regulated, and how such actions are applied in real-world situations.

  • SOCIO5087Art crime20 Credits

    A combined criminological and art-historical approach to the basic types of art crime: theft, financial crime, forgery, and political crimes. This course will present the financial and social motivations for art crimes, what factors make them possible, and how these crimes relate to other types of crime.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. 2:1 honours degree or non-UK equivalent in archaeology, criminology, art history, museum studies, sociology, anthropology, law, politics or fine art; however, we accept applications from students from all disciplines
  2. If you are unsure about your background, you can email the programme convener to discuss
  3. If English is not your first language, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. This is an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6. If you do not have an IELTS test certificate, equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications may be accepted

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • 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)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents, such as your final transcript or your language test.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
15 Sep 2020
15 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £5,000*
  • International: £5,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?
Home/EU/International: 5,000 (total fee, incremental payment schedule available)

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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