Art Museum and Gallery Practice MPrac

24 months full time; 48 months part time

(Please note that as part of this programme you will have undertaken the MA in Museum Studies, MA in Heritage Studies or the MA in Art Museum and Gallery Studies)


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 (stage 1), £2,445 (stage 2)
International: full time £12,325 (stage 1) £5,367 (stage 2)

Please contact the School for part-time fee details.

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This exciting programme (the first in the UK and internationally), aims to provide opportunities for gaining more work experience in the cultural and heritage sector, building on theoretical frameworks learned in the:

and applying these within a work-based context.

After completing your MA, you take a supervised and mentored work-based placement module over 36 weeks in an institution, organisation or agency related to art museums or art galleries.

The International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) will set up this placement for you after a detailed discussion. Previous cohorts of MPrac students have carried out their placements with:

  • the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art;
  • Beamish North of England Open Air Museum;
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums;
  • the Great North Museum,
  • and Hartlepool Arts, Museums and Events.

The work-based placement requires the submission of a project agreed between the placement host organisation, the student and the University.

Watch our video of current students talking about their placements and hear two of our graduates explain how their degrees led to jobs in the Museum, Gallery and Heritage sector.


A mixture of taught modules and two work-based placements (eight and 36 weeks), will provide you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and understanding, and practical experience.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

Normally an upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in Fine Art, Craft, Design or Art History. It is not necessary for you to have a full degree in an art-related subject, but you should have studied modules in art history, art theory and/or fine art, craft and design.

We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

Where applicants have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request additional information, and/or, in some instances, to request you attend an interview (these may be in person, via telephone or Skype).

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and speaking and a minimum of 5.5 in other sub-skills), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based) with a minimum of 24 in speaking and writing, 17 in listening and 18 in reading, Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent (with a minimum of 54 in speaking and writing and 51 in listening and reading).

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

For further information please contact:

Postgraduate Secretary
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7419

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies.