Research degrees

The School of Museum Studies offers supervision for the research degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), which can be completed full-time on campus (3-4 years) or part-time by distance learning (4-7 years). We offer supervision in areas of research compatible with the interests and expertise of academic staff.

Entry requirements

  • Applicants must hold an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree with at least First-Class or Upper Second-Class honours, or the equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.
  • You must also either hold a Master's degree in a relevant subject (at Merit or above) or be able to evidence equivalent research experience and academic writing skills.
  • You should have a good knowledge of Museum Studies or closely related fields, but we recognise that knowledge acquired in other disciplines can also serve as a strong foundation.
  • As part of your application, you must submit an independently devised Research Proposal. 

See academic entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Preparing Your Application 

Sources of funding

We are a member of the AHRC Midlands 4 Cities (M4C) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) and lead the Museum Studies pathway of the ESRC Midlands Graduate School DTP. Both schemes offer scholarships to UK and International applicants annually on a competitive basis. 

Contact us

To ensure a timely response, please direct all PhD application enquiries to: 

ms-pgr@leicester.ac.uk