M.Phil. Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies

| Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
This programme enables you to carry out an original piece of research in museum, gallery and heritage studies. As a research student you will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers and academics at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, fully supported by world expert supervisors.



Students in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies are based in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching at Newcastle.

ICCHS is internationally renowned for its research, securing significant support (around £3m since 2008) from a variety of funders, such as the UK Research Councils and the European Commission. We have a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Our academic supervisors have significant experience and expertise in interdisciplinary research and practice in the UK and abroad. Through our emphasis on empirical research and having a grounding in professional practice, our research alumni have been successful in securing careers in academia, governmental organisations, and the cultural and creative industry sectors worldwide.

Our research students pursue a variety of topics that explore both historical and contemporary issues with local, national and international dimensions. They have also consistently achieved high submission and completion rates in their chosen programme of study. Recent student research topics in ICCHS include:

•attitudes towards human remains

•constructions and uses of Welsh identity in American museums

•the social roles and regulation of art museum education in China and Taiwan

•the management and interpretation of archaeological sites in Turkey

•meaning making around historic photographic collections on Flickr

Our key research themes are:

Cultural politics and policy

•factors that determine how cultural policy is constructed, institutionally, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally

•how management strategies affect heritage resources

•the impact of large-scale constitutional change upon cultural policy

•intended and unintended consequences of implementing international conventions, charters and instruments

•contribution of research to cultural policy construction

•the intersection of political movements and agendas with heritage

•definitions and attributed values of heritage

Identity, community and place

•construction and representation of identities, places and communities through heritage

•how heritage is used by, and for, communities

•relationships between notions of place and identities, communities, and heritages locally regionally, nationally and internationally

•principles of community museology and ecomuseology practice in different contexts

•relationships between heritage tourism and identities, communities and places

•identities produced through the consumption of heritage

•relationship between identity construction and wellbeing

Media and representation

•how media works in heritage organisations and how organisations work as media

•factors shaping the production, morphology and consumption of media and media representations in heritage organisations

•representations made possible through institutional technologies specific to heritage organisations and how they are analysed to understand culture, society and knowledge

•study and design of digital heritage applications and digital cultural engagement


Attendance on this programme is flexible and agreed between you and your supervisors depending on the requirements of your research project. The main focus of the programme is a piece of independent research carried out by you with the support of your supervisory team.

You will also undertake research methods training and be encouraged to participate in our research activities. You will be able to carry out fieldwork away from Newcastle, in other UK locations or abroad. The programme is supported by Blackboard, our virtual learning environment.

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Tuition fee Not specified
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

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English Language Requirements


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A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent.

International students:

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in speaking).

You must also read our English language requirements, including:

•all minimum sub scores you must have

•other English language tests we accept

•extra English language support

Admission to UK universities often requires that students have completed a recognized Bachelor's degree. International students should consider taking a Pre-Master to gain access to UK universities when:

  • You are considered ineligible for admission
  • You need to improve your academic, study, research or language skills
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