Art Gallery and Museum Studies, M.A.

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The University of Manchester ,
Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) has been taught at the University of Manchester for more than 35 years. Today, the AGMS programme is continually being reviewed and developed in response to new research, emerging critical approaches and shifts in museum practice.
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  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The AGMS is an important entry-level qualification for anyone seeking to pursue a career in museums or galleries. It is also a valuable resource for continuing professional development for mid-career professionals. In addition, the MA provides a thorough training in the skills needed to do further postgraduate research. These skills in research design and planning are transferable to jobs in the museum sector, as well as being a vital first step to PhD research.

Programme Structure

Semester 1

Full-time students take two core course: `The Museum and its Contexts', and `Museums Objects and Exhibitions' (each 30 credits). These core courses are designed to introduce you to key issues and ideas in museum practice and approaches to the study and analysis of museums.

Semester 2

Semester two option courses build on the knowledge you have gained in semester one and enable you to develop expertise in a particular area of curating (eg art, archaeology or ethnography) or museum practice (eg museum learning or management). Full-time students choose two option course (each 30 credits). These may include:

  • Museum and Gallery Curating - with specialised routes on:
  • Curating Art
  • Curating Archaeology
  • Curating Nature and Science
  • Curating Ethnography
  • Digital Curating
  • Museum Policy and Management
  • Museums of Conflict and Conscience
  • Creative Learning: Arts, Heritage and Education [jointly withMA Arts Management, Policy and Practice]
  • Enhanced Work Placement

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Credits
    180 credits alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Applicants should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

English language

An overall grade of 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS is required or 100+ in the iTOEFL with a minimum writing score of 25.

Work Experience

The following courses require a portfolio of works in order for a decision to be made:
  • Composition/Electro-acoustic Music Composition
  • Creative Writing

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 17000 International
  • GBP 9000 EU/EEA
MA (part-time)
  • UK/EU students (per annum): £4,500


Each year, the School offers a number of bursaries set at Home/EU fees level, open to both Home/EU and international students. Details of the funding process can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also check details of subject specific bursaries.
The Faculty of Humanities Loyalty Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2017 entry.

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