Museum and Heritage Development MA / PGDip


Nottingham Trent University    School of Arts and Humanities

Full time & Part time September PGDip, MA, PGCert 1 year full time, 2 years part time
History & Archaeology (19)

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The Museum and Heritage Development MA/PGDip is a unique and innovative programme that focuses on the successful and sustainable development of museums and heritage sites, as well as the development of the workforce. The course combines professional and academic practice, allowing students to learn core skills while also exploring new creative practices. With a strong emphasis on collaboration and real-world experience, students have the opportunity to work with diverse museums and heritage organizations. The programme consists of six core modules and culminates in a major independent research project. Entry requirements include a UK honours degree (minimum 2.2) or equivalent, although practical experience in the field may also be considered.

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Museum and Heritage Development is an innovative professional practice-based course exploring new approaches to the successful and sustainable development of museums and heritage sites and the development of the workforce.

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Entry Requirements

a UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree or equivalent, in any subject area
Alternatively, recent practical experience with a professionally run museum or heritage organisation may be considered for applicants without the standard entry qualifications above.
Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.


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Tamsin Greaves

Graduated in 2021

Tamsin shares her experience as a mature student, how her degree shaped her career journey and her exciting plans of studying a PhD with NTU in Autumn 2022.

Why did you choose to study at NTU?

I chose NTU for the creative nature of the course and the combination of academic study with practical learning. Realistically as a mature student with a family, the location was also a factor, but the course met my expectations, I produced a podcast, created a video game as well as an exhibition of photographs and poems.

I hugely enjoyed the participatory style of the lectures, there were always many opportunities to discuss and explore ideas with tutors and other students. Working as a team to develop a community project at the Framework Knitters’ Museum was a highlight, I never imagined I would be writing a knitting pattern for a beard when I started my M.A! I also became aware of the potential for social justice in museum practice which is the area I am now involved with.

What does your current day involve?

I run the Art Power project at Mansfield Museum which involves delivering creative workshops connecting to museum objects and artworks for vulnerable women. I love doing this! I work in a team which has a totally positive can-do attitude, everybody wants to make it work which is so great. I have referrals from services who support women in difficulty and organise artists and an art therapist to offer art workshops. Seeing the participants flourish, make friends and develop pride in creation is such a joy!

What are your plans for the future?

Thanks to the encouragement of my tutors and the enjoyment I have found in studying I applied for a funded studentship at NTU and will be beginning a PhD called ‘Art Cares’ this autumn. My fieldwork will take place at the museum where I work and will explore how creative workshops in museum spaces can improve the wellbeing of vulnerable participants.

If you had a time machine, what would you go back and tell yourself at uni?

Keep going! I applied for many jobs before I was successful, I put in a lot of hard work preparing for interviews and coped with multiple disappointments. I kept going though, and finally found this job where I feel my input can make a difference - which is a great feeling!

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