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Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance

Duration

2 years

Start date

OCT-22

Key information
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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Course description

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 in the sector.

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.

Over the course you will explore areas such as:

  • The social role of museums and art galleries
  • Activist practice in museums and galleries
  • Collections care and management
  • Exhibitions strategies
  • Museum design
  • Museum ethics and interpretation

If you are taking the MA or MSc, you will also complete a research project on the topic of your choice. 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. You might choose to write this up as a dissertation, but you could also consider writing a paper, a professional report, or perhaps even producing a film. We look forward to working with you on the possibilities.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, including online lectures, seminars, and tutorials, and discussion activities. The programme is designed to fit around your existing commitments, and is sympathetically structured to allow you to break up the work into manageable chunks and focus on one assignment at a time.

What's the difference?

If your dissertation concerns a science collection or museum, or if the nature of your investigation is 'scientific', you can receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree instead of a Master of Arts (MA) degree.

Careers and employability

Our graduates are employed in some of the largest and most prestigious museums and galleries worldwide, in addition to some smaller specialist and local institutions. They include:

  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • British Natural History Museum
  • Chatsworth House
  • Christies
  • Greek Ministry of Culture
  • Greenwich Maritime Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Museum Ireland etc.

Modules

This module looks at objects and collections from a range of perspectives. The module will challenge you to think critically about the lives, contexts and values of objects, and the different ways in which we encounter and experience them. You'll begin with a critical examination of objects ? their lives, contexts and the different ways in which we encounter and experience them. You?ll then move onto examine the ways in which objects, collections and collecting have been influenced by changing ideas and approaches. This will develop your critical understanding of the principles and practice of collections management and care including how to handle, pack, and label objects, as well as preventative conservation and collections development. You'll also explore issues around culturally sensitive practice including ownership, rights, restitution and repatriation.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

10,445

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (overall cost)

17,450

Entry requirements

Students need to have: Either a first class or second class degree, which can be in any subject area; Or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and aptitudes through the possession of a professional or vocational qualification and/or the accrual of relevant work experiences. Relevant experience can come from a wide spectrum of work or voluntary environments but clear evidence of this experience must be provided. You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation. If you do not have a degree, you will be asked complete an assessment, such as an essay, so as to demonstrate your readiness for postgraduate study. Clear guidance will be provided on assessment criteria. You may also be required to attend an interview.

University information

For a century, the University of Leicester has been home to great minds; academics, researchers and students who aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo, advance new practices, and develop a fresh way of thinking. Through the ground-breaking work of the university’s expert research groups, postgraduate students will tackle the emerging social, economic, political, and scientific issues head-on and set the agenda where others simply follow....more

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