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Through combining arts management with heritage studies, students will develop a sophisticated understanding of the changing political, policy and practice contexts within which the arts and heritage sectors operate today.

Supported by our Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, you will benefit from our partnerships with major arts and cultural organisations to find out what it means to work in this challenging sector.

We are also close to everything the rest of Yorkshire has to offer, from The Hepworth Wakefield to the National Science and Media Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Brontë Parsonage Museum.

Interdisciplinary learning

This exciting programme has been developed in close collaboration with the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and allows students to undertake core and optional courses in both Schools. Students become members of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and enjoy the opportunities that membership offers, from networking events and links to alumni, to conferences, seminars and reading groups.

Course content

Through our Advanced Research Skills modules, you are equipped to undertake assessments and ultimately develop your own research project. The modules build to a symposium in semester 2 where you can present initial research findings towards a dissertation on a research topic of interest.

In addition, students choose from a range of optional modules offered by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Performance and Cultural Industries. These include the opportunity to complete a placement or consultancy project role in either arts management or heritage. Previous students have undertaken placements focused on collections, digitisation work, digital interpretation and community engagement.

Course structure


Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Research Skills
  • Advanced Research Skills
  • Interpretations
  • Critical Issues
  • Arts Management and Cultural Leadership
  • Arts Management and Heritage Studies Dissertation

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Jewish Museums and the Display of Cultural Difference
  • Unfinished Business: Trauma, Cultural Memory and the Holocaust
  • Movies, Migrants and Diasporas
  • Intersecting Practices: Questioning the Intersection of Contemporary Art and Heritage
  • Art & Money: the modern and contemporary art markets
  • Encountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Anthropology, Art and Representation
  • Individual Directed Study
  • Placements in Context: Policy, Organisations and Practice
  • Creative Work
  • Performance and Collaborative Enterprise
  • Audience Engagement and Impact
  • Derrida and Deconstruction

Learning and teaching

We use a range of teaching and learning methods to help you benefit from the expertise of our staff. These include weekly seminars, group learning sessions, tutorials and lectures. You will also benefit from the expertise of visiting speakers, visits off campus and practical experience. Independent study is also vital to this programme, allowing you to develop your individual skills and prepare for taught sessions.


Depending on the modules you choose, you may experience a range of different assessment methods. These usually include essays, individual and group presentations, digital interpretation projects, portfolio building, in-course assessment and project work. You may also be asked to complete a reflective log for your projects.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

Improve your English

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

How to apply



This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.

Documents and information you need

  • Your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you’re still studying
  • A recent CV
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications if English is not your first subject
  • A personal statement.

Next steps

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview. If you are based outside of the UK, your interview will take place via video link such as Skype. In the interview you will discuss your portfolio and how you hope to develop your practice through your postgraduate degree.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.


For fees information for taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

This degree is designed to equip you to fill a gap in the current market and become a cultural leader of the future. We encourage you to build up a portfolio of project work to help with future job applications, and you have opportunities to gain practical work experience.

As well as the in-depth subject knowledge you will gain, you will improve your skills in research, analysis, communication and critical and cultural awareness. You will also benefit from the contacts gained through work with partner organisations and the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.

Graduates from our School have gone onto work as heads of collections, curators and educators in a range of organisations such as local authority museums, national heritage organisations like the National Trust and charitable trusts. They have also found success in arts marketing and public relations. Others have also continued with their research and PhD level, many of whom work in academia in the UK as well as the US, Hong Kong and Korea.

Visit the Arts Management and Heritage Studies MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!




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