Museum Studies MA/MSc/PGDip, M.A.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    7315 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    4380 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #159 (WUR) , | Online
The programme stimulates students to engage critically and creatively with wide ranging ideas and issues and to develop both philosophical approaches and the practical methods and skills necessary to become creative and effective museum and gallery professionals.


This degree will provide you with the practical and theoretical experience needed to become a creative and effective museum and gallery professional or to further advance your career.

You will be taught by experts in the field, who have been involved in expanding the academic discipline of museum studies over many years. The course will equip you with a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of current principles, practice, and contemporary debates in Museum Studies.

You will take four core modules and, if you are taking the MA or MSc, complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This is your chance to delve into your particular interests and extend your expertise. For many, it is the most exciting part of the course, as a self-directed opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level.

By taking the distance learning course, you have the flexibility to fit studying around your existing work and family commitments. The distance learning course offers the same subject coverage and leads to the same qualification as our campus-based course. The School works with a team of highly skilled Associate Tutors, all of whom are experienced museum and heritage professionals and you will receive excellent support throughout your studies.

This course will especially suit you if you are working in, or looking for employment in, the museum sector and will also provide an excellent preparation if you wish to go on to pursue PhD research in the field.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Programme Structure

Course modules
  • Locating Museums: Communities and Contexts
  • Managing Resources in the Museum
  • Engaging Visitors and Audiences
  • Planning Projects and Designing Interpretive Exhibitions

Teaching and assessment methods

The distance learning course offers carefully designed teaching material and readings for students to undertake flexibly, around their other commitments. Time is built into the structure for the completion of assignments, and wider reading on areas of particular interest to the student, and self-directed study visits and tutorials with experienced museum professionals are prompted at various points. During the summer, all distance learners are invited to the optional non-assessed Summer School week, offering face-to-face teaching, discussions, group activities and study visits.

All modules are assessed. Students who achieve the required standard and who wish to work towards the Master’s degree, complete a Master’s dissertation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date April and October each year.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      MA/MSc - 2 years PGDip - 18 months

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus, Online
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

First or second class degree.

You must be able to demonstrate an engagement with - or commitment to - museums, galleries or heritage organisations. It also helps if you can provide evidence of relevant experience in the museum, gallery or heritage sector or appropriate transferable skills.

We will consider applications from candidates without a degree who are able to demonstrate significant relevant work experience such as research skills, professional publication or senior management responsibilities.

You may be required to successfully complete a departmental assessment (such as an essay).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7315 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14630 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4380 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8760 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.

October 2016, April 2017:


  • Home/EU: £8,760;
  • International: £14,630;
PG Diploma:
  • Home/EU: £7,805;
  • International: £13,015


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