Heritage Visualisation

Key Facts


Programme Overview


MSc Heritage Visualisation. All GSA degree programmes are validated by the University of Glasgow. Established in 1451, the University of Glasgow is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities and a founder member of Universitas 21, an international grouping of universities dedicated to setting worldwide standards for higher education.

The programme is delivered over one year (full-time).

Indicative Additional Costs
Individual departments levy material fees as indicated on this page. You should budget for each year of your programme of study and should allow for costs over and above your fees and maintenance, particularly if expensive materials or projects are chosen.

Pathway Leader
Prof. Stuart Jeffrey

Programme Team

Dr Daniel Livingstone
Daisy Abbott
Mike Marriott
Fraser Dougan

Brian Loranger

Programme Overview

The MSc Heritage Visualisation will equip candidates with the knowledge and skill sets required to create digital records and visualisations of heritage sites and objects of local, national and international significance. 

Candidates will become familiar with the range of skills needed for the meaningful 3D documentation of cultural sites and heritage assets, and the ability to present them effectively for use by the varied user groups and audiences engaged in areas such as cultural heritage management, conservation, academic research, tourism and beyond. 

The course is structured using a combination of lectures, seminars and hands on recording (including the use of laser scanning and photogrammetry) and model development to enable students to understand the process of creating original 3D datasets from critical approaches and project planning through to technical execution and delivery. Utilising experienced professionals from the fields of heritage management, buildings recording and 3D modelling the candidates will benefit from the courses' novel approach to fostering multi-disciplinary study in heritage, architectural visualisation, animation, interactive software development and archaeological practice.

Programme Structure

Stage 1

  • Academic Skills for Masters Research
  • Heritage Visualisation 1
    • 3D Modelling & Animation
    • Digital Documentation of Cultural Heritage
    • Interactive Heritage Visualisation

Stage 2

  • Heritage Visualisation 2
    • including data aquisition and processing 
  • Cross-school or SimVis Elective. Recommended electives include courses in advanced 3D modelling, audio for interactive environments, and a number of electives offered by the Mackintosh School of Architecture.

Stage 3

  • MSc Research Project (60 credits)


Arange of scholarships are available which cover partial or full fees. More information can be found here.

Entry requirements

You should have a Honours degree or equivalent professional practice in any of the following disciplines:

  • History, archaeology, geography, cultural studies, architecture, the built environment, building surveying, city planning
  • 3D art and design, product design, digital media, digital arts, 3D modelling and animation
  • Computer science or computer graphics

High calibre graduates from other disciplines may be considered if they are able to demonstrate an interest and ability in the field of heritage visualisation.

IELTS 6.5 for overseas applicants for whom English is not their first language.

For more information please contact simvis@gsa.ac.uk

Related Programmes

The MSc in Visualisation programme offers three specialist awards: