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Museum and Gallery Studies MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Museum / Gallery / Conservation Skills & Studies Arts / Culture / Heritage Administration

Course type


Course Summary

Through this course you will acquire real-world experience of working in museums and galleries. Our imaginative, interdisciplinary, international approach advances your knowledge of contemporary developments in this vibrant and sophisticated area of culture, arts and heritage. Employment destinations of our previous students have included National History Museum, V&A, Museum of London, Tate, National Gallery and numerous other museums and galleries in the UK and around the world.

The course examines contemporary issues and practices, including those relating to collections management, interpretation, audiences and exhibition. You will study taught modules covering critical analysis and creative practice, and conduct research around the broad themes and subjects addressed by each module. Assessment: Essays, project work, portfolio, and dissertation (12,000-15,000 words) or Creative Project (5,000 words and a piece of critically informed creative practice).

We have an extensive network of alumni who have successfully completed our course. Destinations of students who completed this course include: Tate Gallery, Natural History Museum, V&A, National Gallery, Ministry of Stories, British Council, Imperial War Museum, National Trust, Strawberry Hill House, Ben Uri Gallery, Museum of Brands, Madame Tussaud's, Brooklands Museum, National Maritime Museum, Museo Andino de Historia, Arte y Cultura Viva Peru, William Morris Gallery, Baldwin Gallery, National Museum Prague, Kingston Museum, London Postal Museum, Churchill War Rooms, English Heritage, Historic Royal Palaces, London Bus Museum, Sir John Soane Museum, Wallace Collection, Museum of London, The Barbican .... and many more!

Different course options

Full time | Knights Park | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



The Professional Placement module is a core module for those students following a Master's programme that incorporates professional placement learning, following completion of 120 credits. It provides students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in an appropriate working environment, and to develop and enhance key employability skills and subject specific professional skills in their chosen subject. You may wish to use the placement experience as a platform for their subsequent major project module, and would be expected to use it to help inform their decisions about future careers.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area, which may include: a humanities subject, such as art history design history, English literature, film and media studies, cultural studies, philosophy; a social sciences subject, such as geography, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, history or education; a practice-based degree in an area such as fine art, design or architecture; or a business or management related course. We also welcome students with relevant professional practice experience should they not hold a higher education qualification. For those students without professional experience in museums and galleries, voluntary museum work is not a requirement for acceptance on the course.

University information

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