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Museum Education MSc (Online)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology

Course type


Course Summary

Nurture your social, cultural, historical and philosophical understanding of museum education. Our Museum Education MSc is ideal if you already work in museums and galleries, education, cultural heritage and other related sectors. Its also perfect for those seeking to enter this fascinating field.

The programme uses a virtual, interactive learning environment incorporating film, blogs, podcasts, forums and feeds. Engaging in a stimulating online community, you will participate in analysis, critique and discussion of current research, practices, provision and policies.

Our MSc gives you the unique opportunity to access experts, academics, peers and museum collections located across the globe, so you can compare practices, pedagogies and policies to expand your existing knowledge of museum education.

You will gain valuable hands-on experience during a placement in a setting relevant to your interests and expertise. Our extensive network of museum experts will help you to choose the perfect place for you to put your theoretical ideas and learning into practice.

Along with the vast and varied expertise of academic staff at the University of Glasgow, the programme also draws on the expertise of Scottish and international museum-based specialists. The School of Education has strong links with The Hunterian Museum, National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museums to enhance the visual and experiential elements of learning in and through museums.

In addition, the programme uses links with cultural and educational institutions in North America and Europe to expand online learning opportunities on a global basis.

This is the only distance learning programme of its kind in the UK. You will benefit from high-quality, fully supported online learning on a flexible part-time basis that will fit in with your existing work and family commitments.


  • Evaluate how museum education relates to local and global issues of education and schooling
  • Reflect on the role of object handling and experiential learning to deepen your understanding of learning in and through the museum
  • Reflect on the past, present and future role of museums to represent social and cultural diversity
  • Investigate ways in which museums can support principles of access and inclusion to meet the needs of learners
  • Successfully communicate a critical understanding of how museums provide an effective learning space for varied contexts and purposes
  • Critically evaluate and utilise the ways in which space and artefacts can be managed to maximise learning
  • Effectively employ creative and innovative pedagogies and approaches to provide opportunities that enrich learning experiences
  • Synthesise and apply specialised knowledge and skills in relation to handling and utilising objects to enhance and develop teaching and learning in a variety of settings
  • Skilfully utilise technology in a variety of forms to access research data and practices in order to extend own knowledge, understanding and skills


Whether you already work in the field of education, museums and cultural heritage, or have an interest in museum education, this programme will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to pursue a career in museum education, as well as associated contexts.

The programme aims to extend and strengthen confidence in your knowledge and skills in terms of learning in and through the museum.

Different course options

Study mode



36 months

Start date



Develop a critical awareness in relation to the historical, physical, social and policy context of the museum in order to understand the potential for learning in and through museums. You will be required to locate museum and heritage education in your own educational settings and to identify implications for practice within your own settings.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in any subject.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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