Museum Studies PGCert

18 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

Please contact the School for details of fees.

Programme Overview

This programme is for professionals working in museums or art museums that want to obtain a professional qualification, or for recent graduates who are interested in exploring museum studies.

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 valuable employer-based research via a work-based project module
• become familiar with current developments in museum studies and the theoretical and practical constructs of museum studies
• demonstrate subject-specific skills through practical and professional experience

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 project provides further opportunity for you to demonstrate practical knowledge and skills gained.

You may also be interested in the Museum Studies MA or Postgraduate Diploma.

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 a compulsory module and a work-based project module, to be negotiated with the Admissions Tutor and Degree Programme Director. Please contact the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS) support team (see Further Information) below.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

An upper-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject. We encourage individuals already employed in the sector (possibly requiring some Continued Professional Development) to apply for this programme.

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 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

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.