Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) has been taught at The University of Manchester
for more than 40 years. It is one of the longest established MA degree courses in museum studies in the country, and our alumni have reached senior positions in museums and galleries throughout the UK and overseas.
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Today, the AGMS course is continually being reviewed and developed in response to new research, emerging critical approaches and shifts in museum practice. Manchester's traditional focus on the art gallery remains, but is now balanced by course units which address history, theory and practice in a range of institutions.
Throughout the degree, you will examine diverse issues related to museum theory and practice, visit numerous museums, galleries and cultural organisations, and have many opportunities to discuss ideas and issues with professionals and academics in the field. The AGMS course combines both guided and independent study, and includes seminars, guest lectures and site visits.
Work Placement (Semesters 1 and 2)
One of the most popular aspects of the AGMS is the work placement that you undertake in a museum or gallery. Each placement involves a minimum of 20 days work on a specific project, such as exhibition development, collections management, or education programme. Many students find this such a positive experience that they carry on working in their museum when the work placement has finished, and each year a few students are offered jobs by their placement hosts. Work placements start in Semester 1 (November/December) and finish in Semester 2 (June).
You can take the work placement either as 15-credit or 30-credit course.
• See more information and a list of past work placements
• Read students' latest blog posts reflecting on their work placements
Coursework and assessment:
The assessment of courses is as follows:
• 'Introduction to Museum Studies' (Semester 1 core course, 30 credits): The course is assessed by a 5,000 word essay (80% of the overall course mark) and an oral presentation and associated blog (20% of the overall course mark).
• 'Managing Collections and Exhibitions' (Semester 1 core course, 30 credits): The course is assessed by a 4,000 word individual Fieldwork Portfolio (70% of the overall course mark) and a Group Fieldwork Portfolio (30% of the overall course mark).
• Option courses (Semester 2, 15 or 30 credits): Option courses are assessed by a combination of essays and project portfolios. For details, please see the overview of the courses.
• Dissertation (Semester 2 and Summer): 12-15,000 word standard dissertation; or practice-based dissertation (8-10,000 words and appropriate evidence/outputs of the practice)
Course unit details:
Find out more about the course unit details by visiting: http://www.alc.manchester.ac.uk/subjects/arthistoryvisualstudies/postgraduatetaught/taught/art-gallery-and-museum-studies-ma/index.htm?pg=all
Scholarships and bursaries:
Each year, a number of scholarships, studentships and bursaries for postgraduate study are awarded on a competitive basis by the University, Research Councils UK or other external funders. Visit our website for information on funding opportunities: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/alc/fees/postgraduate-taught-funding
Kostas Arvanitis, Lecturer
“Gain the knowledge and skills needed for a career in the museum and cultural sector.”
Kristin Hussey, Collections Information Officer, The Science Museum, London
“The necessary foundation for my future career.”
2i in a relevant disipline area, work experience in an art gallery or museum.