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Arts Management and Heritage Studies MA

Arts Management and Heritage Studies MA

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Full time | University of Leeds | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Heritage Administration/Management Arts / Culture Administration

Course type


Course Summary

Through combining arts management with heritage studies, students will develop a sophisticated understanding of the changing political, policy and practice contexts within which the arts and heritage sectors operate today. Core modules explore the nature of heritage and how meanings of objects, artworks and buildings change in different contexts. You will examine the challenges faced by arts managers and cultural leaders, and the changes that have led some museums to move towards the role of the ‘manager’ rather than the ‘curator’.

You will choose from optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests or career plans – including the opportunity to undertake a work placement or consultancy project role in either arts management or heritage. Previous students have undertaken placements focused on collections, digitisation work, digital interpretation and community engagement. You will study in the heart of a cultural hub for this diverse and vibrant region. Leeds is home to a wide variety of world-leading and innovative arts and heritage organisations, from the Royal Armouries, Opera North, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Northern Ballet through to nine council-run museums, galleries and heritage sites and many contemporary art spaces.

Learning and teaching

You will be taught by researchers and experienced practitioners in their fields, and you will benefit from a range of teaching and learning methods. These include weekly seminars, group learning sessions, tutorials and lectures. You will also benefit from the expertise of visiting speakers, visits off campus and practical experience. We encourage you to build up a portfolio of project work to help with future job applications. Independent study is also vital and allows you to develop your individual skills and prepare for taught e University Library offers free classes and resources on topics such as academic integrity and plagiarism, public speaking, searching for information and structuring essays.


Depending on the modules you choose, you may experience a range of different assessment methods. These usually include essays, individual and group presentations, digital interpretation projects, portfolio building, in-course assessment and project work. You may also be asked to complete a reflective log for your projects, allowing you to look back and critically assess your own practice.

Career opportunities

This degree is designed to equip you to fill a gap in the current market and become a cultural leader of the future. We encourage you to build up a portfolio of project work to help with future job applications, and you have opportunities to gain practical work experience.

As well as the in-depth subject knowledge you will gain, you will improve your skills in research, analysis, communication and critical and cultural awareness. You will also benefit from the contacts gained through work with partner organisations and the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.

Graduates from our School have gone onto work as heads of collections, curators and educators in a range of organisations such as local authority museums, national heritage organisations like the National Trust and charitable trusts. They have also found success in arts marketing and public relations.


Interpretations will support you to develop critically-engaged, reflexive and practical understandings of interpretive practice in art galleries, museums and heritage.Interpretations is an action learning module. You will work collaboratively with other students to respond to a professional brief. By the end of the 11 Week semester you will have developed, designed, marketed and installed your interpretative intervention.Through the module you will be supported through workshops focused on interpretative planning, audience development, writing text, interpretive design, marketing and visitor research. You will learn how to develop interpretative approaches, write accessibly for different audiences and build skills of collaboration and project management.As a way of creatively expanding your understandings of interpretation, you will critically engage with debates drawn from the academic fields of Museum Studies, Heritage Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) . We expect students to have some experience of volunteering or working in a relevant field. We accept a range on international equivalent qualifications.