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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you want to develop the knowledge and skills required to move into a variety of careers in museums and galleries or as preparation for further postgraduate study. This course is grounded in museum practice and informed at every level by leading museum studies research. You will benefit from the range of exciting and innovative research that takes place in the world-leading Museum Studies at Leicester each year. 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.

You will alternate intensive periods of work in lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions with time set aside for the completion of assignments, reading and exploring your own specialisms. Regular visits to museums around the country provide opportunities to explore contemporary practice. All modules are assessed.

Your career development is fundamental to all aspects of our teaching and curriculum. Collaborative working with a wide range of museums, galleries and other cultural organisations is critical to the development and delivery of all of our courses.

Different course options

Full time | University of Leicester | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module looks inside the museum (and related institutions) to consider objects and collections, and how they are made, cared for and re-made within professional practice. This module begins with objects, how they have been collected and catalogued through time, and how museum practice has been influenced by changing ideas and approaches.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


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 need 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. They should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation. If they do not have a degree, they will be asked complete an assessment, such as an essay, to demonstrate their readiness for postgraduate study. Clear guidance will be provided on assessment criteria. They may also be required to attend an interview.

University information

As a top 25 UK University, Leicester has always been home to the 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 research of their experts, you will tackle the emerging social, economic, political and scientific issues head on and set the agenda where others simply follow. At Leicester, students aren’t...more

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