Museum Practice MPrac

24 months full time; 48 months part time

(Please note that as part of this programme you will undertake the MA in Museum 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 programme, the first in the UK and internationally, extends and complements our very successful MA in Museum Studies. It offers a mixture of taught modules and two work-based placements (eight and 36 weeks), providing you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and understanding, and practical experience.

During this programme you will:
• gain the skills and knowledge required to work in the museum sector on graduation
• undertake an extended placement to further enhance your practical skills and knowledge
• study in an environment responsive to the professional requirements and skills needs of the museum sector, both nationally and internationally
• understand current developments in the museum sector and gain a critical awareness of problems and new insights, along with the key theoretical principles and conceptual approaches of museum studies

After completing the MA, students take a supervised and mentored work-based placement module over 36 weeks in an institution, organisation or agency related to museum practice. 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 placements with:

  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Beamish North of England Open Air Museum
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
  • The Great North Museum
  • 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.


Find out  more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or an international equivalent, in any subject plus two months' work or voluntary experience in a museum.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in writing and speaking), TOEFL 90 (Internet-based with a minimum of: 21 in writing ; 23 in speaking; 17 in listening; and 18 in reading), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.  

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

See the School of Arts and Cultures' website.

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

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities.

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.