Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies

Newcastle and the North East have a unique mix of exceptional heritage and cultural resources, which includes the World Heritage site of Hadrian’s Wall, the Great North Museum, the Bowes Museum, and the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art.

We treat museum, gallery and heritage as an integrated discipline and this enables you to combine a broad vision of the subject area with specialisation in a particular topic. For example, if you are interested in curatorship you may choose to focus on issues relating to types of collections. Or, you may want to explore how museum, gallery and heritage organisations engage with conservation plans, digital media, and educational activities to improve access to their collections for a variety of audiences.

Our International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies  (ICCHS) is an important centre for interdisciplinary research into museum, gallery and heritage studies and makes full use of the resources within the North East as well as taking advantage of our extensive network of research collaborators.

MA & MPrac Programmes

Our postgraduate taught programmes take a practical approach to working in the cultural sector and have strong links with local, regional, and international organisations and employers.

Your compulsory placement will be organised by our Placement Co-ordinator and supported by our extensive network of professional colleagues.


• Our Art Museum and Gallery Studies programme  has two exit routes: one is in art curatorship and the other in education practices in art museum and gallery settings.

• Our Heritage Studies programme also has two exit routes: one is in heritage management and the other in education and interpretation in heritage settings.

• Our Museum Studies programmes allow students to specialise in different areas, notably archaeology, art, history, heritage education and interpretation, interpretation and exhibitions, and natural science.

Work-based MPrac programmes are also offered in Art Museum and Gallery Practice; Heritage Practice; and Museum Practice. We have also recently introduced a suite of e-learning programmes in Heritage Management and Tourism.

Funding for some of these programmes has been available in previous years.

Alongside developing your specialist subject knowledge and expertise, studying a taught postgraduate programme at Newcastle will also enable you to develop transferable skills relevant to the global job market.

Research Degrees

Our key research themes are:
• cultural politics and policy
• identity, community and place
• representation and media

Supervision for research degrees is available in all of these areas.

We have been successful in attracting considerable research funding from sources such as UK research councils, the UK government, and the European Commission, so you will join a varied and vibrant research culture in which collaborations with the museum, gallery and heritage sector play an important part.

Research students are supported in their studies through a structured programme of supervision and training via our faculty specific Research Training Programmes which have been endorsed by the UK research councils and adhere to their framework of excellence.

Postgraduate degrees in this subject area: