Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries MA/MSc/PGDip/PGCert, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    7990 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    4782.5 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #159 (WUR) Online
In the 21st century, leading museums, galleries and heritage practice began to make use of socially engaged approaches. This course will examine the role of museums and practitioners in shaping society’s understandings of contemporary issues, upholding values of inclusivity and accessibility, and ensuring that museums benefit their communities. 

About

Choosing to study Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries will give you access to leading research and practice on the impact that museums and galleries can have on advocating for social justice and human rights, and how they might better explore and address the contemporary issues that face our societies.

This course is based on research that has been undertaken over the last 15 years by theÃÆââ¬Å¡ÃâàResearch Centre for Museums and GalleriesÃÆââ¬Å¡Ãâà(RCMG) at Leicester, and draws on broader global shifts in practice. It will introduce you to cutting-edge examples of socially-driven professional practice and challenge you to think deeply about the role of culture in society and the characteristics of socially purposeful museums and galleries.

Over the course, you will engage critically and creatively with areas such as:

  • partnership working
  • participatory practices
  • learning and education
  • design and experience
  • visitor studies and audience research
  • leadership at all levels of an organisation
  • how socially engaged practice can be embedded into the work of museums and galleries

You will gain a deeper understanding of the historical, current and emerging debates, theories, issues, techniques and practice in order to effectively develop and advocate for socially engaged practice in museums, galleries, and similar organisations. The course offers a platform to explore and experiment with ways of maximising the impact that museums and galleries can have on the wellbeing of communities, on civil debates around controversial topics, and on the building of fairer and more equal societies.ÃÆââ¬Å¡Ãâà

Accreditation

Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Leicester is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 15,000-19,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Leicester offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Exploring Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Engaging Audiences: Education, Learning and Participation
  • Research and Evaluation for Socially Engaged Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Project in Practice: Developing Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Dissertation

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description

      MA/MSc - 2 years ; PGDip - 18 Months ; Short course : 4 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Semi-structured
    • Attendance
      Regular optional meetings
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

In recognition of the diverse employment needs of the culture sector, we recognise and credit a range of prior qualifications and experiences.

  • Either a first class or second class degree, which can be in any subject area.
  • Or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and aptitudes through the possession of a professional or vocational qualification and/or the accrual of relevant work experiences. Relevant experience can come from a wide spectrum of work or voluntary environments but clear evidence of this experience must be provided. 

You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7990 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15980 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4782.5 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9565 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.


Funding

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