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Museum and Gallery Studies - MA

Course Description

This course is ideal if you are interested in pursuing imaginative, interdisciplinary, international museum study. It will advance your knowledge of contemporary developments in this vibrant and sophisticated area of culture, art and heritage industries, and provide you with transferable skills essential for the sector. Our underlying philosophy is to offer you a broad and engaging vision of, and approach to, contemporary museum, gallery and heritage practice, evaluation and innovating ideas around the institution and industry.

Key features

-This course provides an interdisciplinary study of museums and galleries. It offers a range of approaches to teaching and assessment based on the concept of creative research, including creative project work and practice-based research opportunities.
-The major project allows you to develop your own interests and gain valuable research and practice-based skills.
-Possible European destinations for field visits include Paris, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

What will you study?

The course examines contemporary issues and practices, including collection, interpretation, exhibition, space, place and the city, audiences and communities, institutional purpose, scenario planning and sustainable futures. You will study taught modules covering critical analysis and creative practice, and conduct research around the broad themes and subjects addressed by each module. Modules have been developed in collaboration with, and are taught with museums such as the Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, V&A, and Kingston Museum and Heritage Service.


Essays, project work, portfolio, and dissertation (12,000–15,000 words).

About this course

You will study a series of dedicated taught modules that are concerned with issues of critical theory and analysis, research methodologies and creative practice. You will be expected to conduct research around the broad themes and subjects addressed by each module. This research will allow you to tailor your own path of study according to your particular interests and future aspirations.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

-Ideas and Institutions
-Learning and Experience
-Exhibition an Encounter
-The Challenge of Change
-Major Project

Visit the Museum and Gallery Studies - MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Theresa Macaulay

"As a professional looking to change career to the museum sector the Kingston MA presented itself as the most pragmatic course on offer. The reality was an entertaining and immersive educational experience that prepared me with an understanding of the museum world and the practical tools to work within it. I cannot recommend it highly enough."


Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area, which may include: a humanities subject, such as art history design history, English literature, film and media studies, cultural studies, philosophy; a social sciences subject, such as geography, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, history or education; a practice-based degree in an area such as fine art, design or architecture; or a business or management related course.

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