M.Phil. Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies

Newcastle University | Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
MPhil supervision is available in the following areas: Theoretical and historical museology; ecomuseums; community museums; intangible heritage and digital media; the design, study and understanding of digital applications for the heritage sector; the history of museums and galleries; cultural/national identity and museums, galleries and heritage; cultural diversity and museums; contemporary issues in the organisation and management of heritage sites, museums and galleries; analysis of the contribution museums can make to inclusive communities; social history and its representation in museums; the dynamic interaction of art museums and galleries with the development of the visual arts; the role of art museums in relation to the development and practice of professional art history; education and public programming in art museums, galleries and ‘alternative’ settings; and critical and cultural theory in relation to museums, galleries and exhibitions.



We are happy to supervise MPhil students in any of the areas outlined above. You will normally be supervised by staff members.

We welcome research applications across a wide range of topics. For example, research students have previously investigated: performance indicators in museums; the significance of museums and heritage to the promotion of cultural identity; community museology in Scotland; art and the visually impaired; intellectual and physical access to museums and gallery resources; restitution of cultural property in Korea; and constructions and uses of Welsh identity in American museums.

Current student research topics include: attitudes towards human remains; learning experiences of school pupils in transatlantic slave trade museum activities; the role of authenticity in the on-site interpretation of historic battlefields; heritage and sense of place in the North Pennines; the distribution of rock art in Southern Africa; the social roles and regulation of art museum education in China and Taiwan; community formation in Flickr The Commons; and the management and interpretation of archaeological sites in Turkey.

For more information about staff specialisms please see the Centre's website.

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date , January 2017
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 24 months

Course Content

Our programmes include intensive subject-specific supervision, training in research methodologies and core skills, reading groups and an annual postgraduate conference.

In addition, our Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School organises a comprehensive training programme for postgraduate students that covers research techniques, professional/key skills and provides support for personal development.

English Language Requirements


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An upper-second-class Honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with 6.0 in writing and speaking) or equivalent.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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