Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full time, 2 years part time
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About the course

The Art Gallery and Museum Studies MA aims to provide you with a critical understanding of issues in curatorship, museology and museum management.

This Masters course considers the ways in which material culture has been represented and interpreted by historians and cultural theorists, the methodologies behind museum practice and methods of display and interpretation, and also puts theory and practice into dialogue.

Through the course, you will develop a critical understanding of the histories of art galleries and museums and explore and challenge key ideas that have shaped museum practice. You will also deploy these historical and theoretical understandings to develop innovative approaches to curation, interpretation and engaging audiences.

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Entry Requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject. Previous academic work should indicate an ability to develop critical thinking around the sector.

Professional experience will also be considered.

Experience of volunteering or working in a relevant field, such as museums, galleries, auction houses and/or heritage organisations, is required. We do not require a specific length of time to have spent in work experience though you must be able to critically reflect on your experience in your personal statement and at interview.


UK: £12,000 (Total)
International: £25,250 (Total)

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Lizzie Nolan

I wanted to apply to my course because I thought it would give me confidence and experience in my field, so that I could apply for the jobs I really wanted.

I enjoyed the discussions in seminars, the new ideas and new people I met that challenged me. I also enjoyed the practical aspects – the project in the first term when we planned and ran our own gallery exhibition, and the placement in an active museum in the second term.

This is one of the best universities for this course, and one of the best cities you could live in for it. We are a vibrant and vital city for art, history and culture. The North and the regional art/heritage scene are where you can innovate, take a chance, and make a difference.

My course has definitely equipped me with practical skills through the projects and placements, but also importantly it has equipped me with emotional skills through the group work, interactions and networking that make a huge part of the course.


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