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

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.

Department
Museum Studies

Distance Learning Team
+44 (0)116 252 2903
dlstudy@le.ac.uk

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Programme Director
Dr Nuala Morse
+44 (0)116 252 3975
nmm15@leicester.ac.uk

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Course description

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 in the sector. 

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.

Over the course you will explore areas such as:

  • The social role of museums and art galleries
  • Activist practice in museums and galleries
  • Collections care and management
  • Exhibitions strategies
  • Museum design
  • Museum ethics and interpretation 

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you will take four core modules, followed by four option modules, giving you the opportunity to delve into your particular interests and to develop your expertise in the field of your choice. The subjects include museum learning, heritage, digital in museums, museums and contemporary issues, and museums and the natural environment, as well as a practice option which is focused on a workplace-based project. You can attain a Postgraduate Certificate by undertaking just the four core modules. It also possible to take one module {/mod:mu7550} as a short course.

If you are taking the MA or MSc, you will also complete a research project on the topic of your choice. 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. You might choose to write this up as a dissertation, but you could also consider writing a paper, a professional report, or perhaps even producing a film. We look forward to working with you on the possibilities.

The course is delivered in a variety of ways, including online lectures, live seminars, online discussion activities and course readers, which are posted to you. There is also a week-long optional Summer School at the University of Leicester every year.  

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 who will support you throughout your studies.

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.

This is a very flexible programme with a range of qualifications on offer, from a Postgraduate Certificate (four core modules), and a Postgraduate Diploma (four core modules and four optional modules), to a full MA or MSc (all core modules, four options plus a dissertation).

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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.

Reference

You will need to supply a reference as part of your application. An academic reference is preferred but this can also be a work-based reference. You will be able to upload this as part of the application process.

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

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

This is the total course fee. Your fee will be determined by where you will be living during your studies.

Starting in October 2019 or April 2020

  • MA/MSc: £9,995
  • PGDip: £8,905

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

Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? Find out if you’re eligible. (MA/MSc only; not available for PGDip.)

International Students

This is the total course fee. Your fee will be determined by where you will be living during your studies.

Starting in October 2019 or April 2020

  • MA/MSc: £16,700
  • PGDip: £14,850

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

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

Course structure

MA/MSc

MA/MSc

Core modules

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

Plus your Research project

If your Research project 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.

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.

PGDip

PGDip

Core modules

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

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.

PGCert

PGCert

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.

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.

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.

Teaching and learning

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.

Key dates

Start date: 3 April 2019
Application deadline for April 2019 start: 20 March 2019

Apply now

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
Course The Museum and Change Qualification Short course - one module Duration 2 months Start Dates Availability

Please contact dlstudy@le.ac.uk for details.