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.
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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.
You can apply until:
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MA/MSc - 2 years PGDip - 18 months
You only need to take one of these language tests:
Minimum required score:
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Minimum required score:
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This programme does not recognise GRE® scores.
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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).
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