Museum Studies

MA, MSc, PGDip, 18 months-2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning whilst gaining the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career in the museum and galleries profession.

Course Description

This degree will provide you with the practical and theoretical experience needed to become a creative and effective museum and gallery professional or to further advance your career.

You will be taught by experts in the field, who have been involved in expanding the academic discipline of museum studies over many years. The course will equip you with a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of current principles, practice, and contemporary debates in Museum Studies.

You will take four core modules and, if you are taking the MA or MSc, complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This is your chance to delve into your particular interests and extend your expertise. For many, it is the most exciting part of the course, as a self-directed opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level.

By taking the distance learning course, you have the flexibility to fit studying around your existing work and family commitments. The distance learning course offers the same subject coverage and leads to the same qualification as our campus-based course. Museum Studies at Leicester works with a team of highly skilled Associate Tutors, all of whom are experienced museum and heritage professionals and you will receive excellent support throughout your studies.

This course will especially suit you if you are working in, or looking for employment in, the museum sector and will also provide an excellent preparation if you wish to go on to pursue PhD research in the field.

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

Key Facts
Start date
April and October each year
Department
Museum Studies
Contact

Distance Learning Team
+44 (0)116 252 5365 or 2903 or 3783
artshumsdl@le.ac.uk

Join us for a live online chat.

Programme Director
Katy Bunning
+44 (0)116 252 5723
klg22@le.ac.uk.

Museum Studies website

Why Leicester?

At Leicester we have more than 20 years' experience of offering high-quality distance learning courses. More than 25,000 students have successfully graduated with a University of Leicester qualification studied through distance learning.

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 can take advantage of our network of 20 associate tutors who are all museum professionals working in the sector.

Course Structure

Core modules

Core modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Dissertation

Dissertation

If you wish to obtain an MA or MSc, 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.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 5 October 2016
Application deadline for October 2016: 8 September 2016

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 all of the modules but not the dissertation. 

Teaching and Assessment

You will be supported by a dedicated team of academic and personal tutors as well as support staff. You will be allocated a personal tutor who can advise you on a range of issues and support you. In addition, for each module you will be allocated a module tutor who is a specialist in that particular field. Your module tutor will support you with academic enquiries relating to that module as well as feeding back to you on essay plans, marking your assignments and providing you with detailed feedback.

Our distance learning course offers carefully designed teaching material and readings which offer flexibility and allow you to fit your study around other commitments. These materials are supplemented by various online resources.

Time is built into the structure of the course for the completion of assignments, and wider reading on areas of particular interest to the student, and self-directed study visits and tutorials, which are commented on by tutors are prompted at various points.

During the summer, you are invited to the optional non-assessed Summer School week in Leicester, offering face-to-face teaching, discussions, group activities and study visits.

If you are completing a dissertation you will receive four supervisions with your allocated tutor, with support offered between supervisions as and when needed.

There are one or two pieces of assessed coursework for each of the core modules. Together, these form a carefully designed, broad range of assignments including essays, project work, reports, briefs and evaluations as well as practical exercises. Your module tutor will provide you with detailed feedback on each assignment you submit.

Former student Samantha Taylor talks about Distance Learning with Museum Studies at Leicester.

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.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in April 2017

    • MA/MSc: £8,760
    • PGDip: £7,805

    Starting in October 2017 or April 2018

    • MA/MSc: £9,155
    • PGDip: £8,155

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

    University of Leicester Graduate Scholarship: If you graduate from an undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester in 2016 you may be eligible for a 50% discount on your tuition fee. 

    Did you know you can apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000, subject to eligibility? (MA/ MSc only; not available for PGDip)

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in April 2017

    • MA/MSc: £14,630
    • PGDip: £13,015

    Starting in October 2017 or April 2018

    • MA/MSc: £15,290
    • PGDip: £13,600

    Find out more about how to pay and scholarships and funding.

    Museum Studies at Leicester 50th Anniversary Scholarships available for students commencing their studies in Autumn 2016. 


Career Opportunities

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.
Careers

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