Museum Studies MA; PGDip

MA: 12 months full time; 24 months part time PGDip: 9 months full time; 18 months part time (Modules also available on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) basis)


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £5,500 (MA); £3,670 (PGDip) part time £2,750 (MA); £1,835 (PGDip)
International: full time £12,325 (MA); £11,805 (PGDip) part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme is designed to help you develop a comprehensive understanding of the theory and practice of museology and is amongst the most successful museum studies programmes internationally.

During this programme you will:
• gain the skills and knowledge required to work in the museum sector on graduation
• study in an environment responsive to the professional requirements and skills needs of the museum sector, both nationally and internationally
• undertake an employer-based placement that provides the opportunity to explain your understanding of a particular organisation and to reflect on the deepening of your own knowledge and understanding of the sector
• be exposed to a range of learning opportunities (in relation to analytical, key, research and subject-specific skills) within the museum, gallery and heritage sectors, with a specific emphasis on museum studies
Study visits are key to this programme, providing you with an insight into the workings of many different types of heritage sites, galleries, and museums. The employer-based learning placement module equips you with further valuable practical skills.

See also the work-based Master of Museum Practice (MPrac).

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.


This programme consists of compulsory and specialist modules and an optional module.  

All optional modules correspond to curatorial disciplines found in many museums, and include a practical project, often working closely with museum professionals in museums in the North East. There is an eight-week placement in a museum and finally a piece of individual research for presentation as a 12–15,000-word dissertation. Teaching emphasises a practical approach, dealing with real objects, museums and situations.

Students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) complete all the taught modules and the work placement but not the dissertation.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject.

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