Museum Studies (Hong Kong) MA, MSc, PGDip, by distance learning, 18 months-2 years

This is for you if... you are based in, or near, Hong Kong and you want to gain the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career in the museum and galleries profession.

Start date
April and October each year
Department
Museum Studies
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Course description

Course description

This distance learning degree will provide you with a thorough understanding of the major theoretical, methodological and professional themes at the forefront of contemporary museum studies. The course will equip you with the skills to creatively and critically apply the knowledge you gain within specific professional contexts.

The Hong Kong course follows the same curriculum as our normal distance learning Museum Studies course, but you will benefit from a local Hong Kong based tutor and a Study Week delivered in Hong Kong each year by academics from the School of Museum Studies. We also run this course with Hong Kong University which has been designed especially for those based in or near Hong Kong.

You will take four core modules which will enable you to explore key subjects including, the purposes of museums in society, the way museums communicate, are staffed and marketed. You will look in-depth at the theory and practice of how exhibitions and learning programmes are developed and designed, and how visitors experience and shape museums. You will develop critical skills in preventive conservation and the care of collections.

If you are taking the MA or MSc, you will complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This is your chance to delve into your particular interests and extend your expertise. This self-directed learning module is an opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level.

You will be supported throughout the course by academic staff and professionals who are working within the museum and gallery sector, including a local Hong Kong based tutor, helping you strengthen your links with the profession internationally.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

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.

If you would like to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma you will complete the four core modules but not the dissertation.

Key Dates

Start date: 11 April 2018
Application deadline for April 2018 start: 14 March 2018

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In recognition of the diverse employment needs of the culture sector, we recognise and credit a range of prior qualifications and experiences.

  • 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.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Please see the HKU SPACE website for details of course fees.

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International Students

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Careers and employability

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
  • National Trust
  • Rollo Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Royal Armouries
  • Science Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • The British Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • York Castle Museum

Our Career Development Service is here to support you – by email, phone or skype – with advice on interviews, CVs, work experience and more. From registration to Graduation and beyond, they are here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Our research

Our research

Course structure

Modules

Modules

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Dissertation

Dissertation

If you wish to obtain an MA, you will undertake supervised research into a topic of your choice and complete a 15,000 word dissertation.

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.

If you are studying for a PGDip, you won't write a dissertation.

As part of the University of Leicester’s commitment to being a leading academic institution, we regularly review and update our degrees and modules to ensure that they reflect the most up-to-date research, knowledge, ideas and teaching practices, as well as student feedback. We also have to take into account the availability of key teaching staff. If there are major changes to the course that you have applied for, we will contact you as soon as possible to ensure that any disruption to your studies is minimised.

Why Leicester?

At Leicester we have more than 20 years' experience of offering high-quality distance learning courses. More than 36,000 students have successfully graduated with a University of Leicester qualification studied through distance learning.

By registering on the programme with the University of Hong Kong, you will have the opportunity to attend an annual week of face-to-face teaching at the University of Hong Kong.

This course is based on leading museum studies research and practice. It has been designed by experts in the field, who have been involved in expanding the academic discipline of museum studies over many years.

You will also be guided through the course by individuals who are working within the museum and gallery sector in Hong Kong and in the UK, helping you strengthen your links with the profession internationally.

Teaching and learning

You will need to complete between one and two assignments for each 16-week module and deadlines are spread out to allow time to focus on completing these. Some modules will ask you to complete long and short essays, while others will involve project work, reports, reviews, briefs, evaluations, and project or programme design.

As many of our distance learners are already working in the sector, you are not expected to complete a work placement as part of your course. However, as a student with us, you will be able to tap into the huge range of professional contacts we have developed over many years, and if you feel you need to, you can explore with us the possibilities for filling any gaps in your experience.

You will be assessed through your coursework assignments and, if you are taking an MA/MSc, through your dissertation.

Key dates

Start date: 3 October 2018
Application deadline for October 2018 start: 20 September 2018

Start date: 17 April 2019
Application deadline for April 2019 start: 4 April 2019

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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Course Museum Studies Qualification MA Duration 2 years by distance learning Start Dates April and October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Museum Studies Qualification MSc Duration 2 years by distance learning Start Dates April and October each year Availability Apply Now
Course Museum Studies Qualification PGDip Duration 18 months by distance learning Start Dates April and October each year Availability Apply Now