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MA/MSc/PGDip Museum Studies

Course Description

Course Description

This course will provide you with the practical and theoretical knowledge needed to become a creative and effective museum professional. You will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with the concepts and issues that underpin museum work. The course will broaden your philosophical approaches to learning and equip you with the practical methods and skills you will need for a successful career in museums.

Through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and practical sessions, you will explore four core areas: museums in society, the role of resources, media and communication plus a practical placement during the summer term. This placement will enable you to apply the content of the taught programme to the workplace environment. You will take one optional module from our extensive choice of subjects which will allow you to explore your own area of interest.

During the course you will benefit from a series of six to eight study visits and a series of guest lectures which will provide you with an insight into contemporary museum work. During the summer term, you will undertake an eight-week placement. Regular visits to museums and galleries around the country will provide stimulating opportunities to explore contemporary practice.

The course will give you the entry qualification for a career in the museum industry. If you are already working in the sector it will provide you with the opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills to advance your career.

Core Modules

Museums, Societies and Cultural Change
Strategic Resource Development
Communication, Media and Museums
Museum/Gallery Experience
Dissertation (15,000 words)

Option Modules

Choose one from the following (subject to availability):

Archaeological Curatorship
Museums and Histories
Natural Science Curation
Museum and Gallery Communication and Education
Museum and Gallery Marketing
Digital Media and Curatorship
World Arts/Museum Ethnography

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MA/MSc/PGDip Museum Studies page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

2:1 degree or equivalent.You must be able to demonstrate an engagement with - or commitment to - museums, galleries or heritage organisations. It also helps if you can provide evidence of relevant experience in the museum, gallery or heritage sector or appropriate transferable skills.We will consider applications from candidates without a degree who are able to demonstrate significant relevant work experience such as research skills, professional publication or senior management responsibilities. IELTS 6.5 or equivalent required if English is not your first language.

Course Fees

Starting 2016: UK/EU-£7,500 International-£15,880

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