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

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    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #172 Online
This is for you if... you want a flexible, part-time course that allows you to develop skills and expertise in addressing contemporary social issues in museums and galleries.


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. 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 the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (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 practices.

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

  • partnership working and 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.

Programme Structure

  • This is a very flexible programme with a range of qualifications on offer, from a Postgraduate Certificate (if you complete two modules of your choice), and a Postgraduate Diploma (four modules), to a full MA or MSc (four modules plus a dissertation). If you would like to build up to a qualification over time in a flexible manner, or wish to take just one of the modules as a taster, you can also opt to register for a single module (4 months part time).
    • 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

    Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

    Detailed Programme Facts

    • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Study intensity Part-time
    • Languages
      • English
    • Delivery mode
      • Time flexibility
      • Attendance
        Regular optional meetings
      • Teacher support
        Continuous support with feedback on request
      • Student interaction
        Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

    English Language Requirements

    This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

    Take IELTS test

    Academic Requirements

    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.
  • Getting a Student Visa

    This is an online programme. You don’t need a visa to study in this programme.

    Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

    • GBP 14630 International
    • GBP 8760 EU/EEA

    * Fee shown is for October 2016 entry to the MA/MSs

    October 2016 PGDip:

    UK/EU: £7,805

    International: £13,015


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