M.A. Art Gallery and Museum Studies

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP14500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • English (IELTS accepted)
The University of Manchester | Manchester, United Kingdom
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. Manchester's traditional focus on the art gallery remains, but is now complemented by courses that address history, theory and practice in a range of institutions. The programme is shaped by the rich and diverse ecology of museums in the city and the North West, which makes Manchester such an attractive place for museum studies.

Description of Art Gallery and Museum Studies

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Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) has been taught at The University of Manchester for over 40 years and our alumni have reached senior positions in museums and galleries throughout the UK and overseas. Today, the AGMS is continually being reviewed and developed in response to new research and shifts in museum practice. Throughout the degree, you will examine diverse of museum theory and practice, visit museums, galleries and cultural organisations, and have many opportunities to discuss ideas and issues with professionals and academics in the field.

AGMS is a modular degree with core and optional elements totaling to 180 credits. Core and options courses combine to make 120 credits with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline as soon as possible
Tuition fee
  • GBP 14500 Year (Non-EEA)
  • GBP 6500 Year (EEA)
MA (part-time):UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250
Start date September  2015
Credits 180 credits
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
Take an IELTS test
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible

Course Content

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

Dissertation (Semester 2 and Summer)

The MA concludes with a dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of your choice, agreed in conjunction with your dissertation supervisor. Dissertation planning and supervision takes place in Semester 2 and you continue with your independent writing over the summer.

Special features

Work Placement (Semesters 1 and 2)

One of the most popular aspects of the AGMS is the work placement that you undertake in a museum or gallery. Each placement involves a minimum of 20 days work on a specific project, such as exhibition developmoent, collections management, or education programme. Many students find this such a positive experience that they carry on working in their museum when the work placement has finished, and each year a few students are offered jobs by their placement hosts. Work placements can be carried out during semester 1 and/or 2, but must be completed by June. You can take the work placement either as a non-credit bearing course OR as an enhanced 30-credit option course. Students who do the former also take two option courses in Semester 2. Students, who do the latter, take one more option course in Semester 2.

Module details

Work Placement (Semesters 1 and 2)

One of the most popular aspects of the AGMS is the work placement that you undertake in a museum or gallery. Each placement involves a minimum of 20 days work on a specific project, such as exhibition developmoent, collections management, or education programme. Many students find this such a positive experience that they carry on working in their museum when the work placement has finished, and each year a few students are offered jobs by their placement hosts. Work placements can be carried out during semester 1 and/or 2, but must be completed by June. You can take the work placement either as a non-credit bearing course OR as an enhanced 30-credit option course. Students who do the former also take two option courses in Semester 2. Students, who do the latter, take one more option course in Semester 2.

English Language Requirements

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7
TOEFL iBT® test (read more)
100

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

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Requirements for Art Gallery and Museum Studies

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 for Art Gallery and Museum Studies

No work experience is required.

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