Our Museum Studies MA, PGDip will develop the practical skills needed to operate a museum, whilst engaging you with theories on the societal role of museums. You gain a competitive edge by curating group exhibitions or organising and delivering complex education and learning events within high-profile public venues.
The Museum Studies course covers a broad range of issues encountered in museum work. We will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to move into or enhance a career in museums.
Our course is well established internationally – we have been educating museum professionals since 1993. We encourage a hands-on approach, involving major input from museum professionals regionally, nationally and internationally. These professionals range from small, independent museums to those who curate national collections and internationally significant exhibitions.
The course is part of the School of Arts and Cultures and taught by staff in Media, Culture, Heritage which has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.
The programme leader is Professor Andrew Newman.
Other personal tutors and supervisors of Museum Studies research projects include:
- Gerard Corsane
- Dr Bruce Davenport
- Dr Susannah Eckersley
- Dr Areti Galani
- Dr Aron Mazel
- Dr Joanne Sayner
- Iain Wheeldon
The course covers all aspects of museum work. We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you achieve your learning objectives. This includes a large proportion of guided independent study. Scheduled contact time is at our Newcastle city centre campus and includes:
- seminars and practical sessions
The academic year usually starts in late September with Welcome Week. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience. This means you will have a mixture of taught modules and work-based placements.
You will take five compulsory modules, with a further choice of two possible pathways. More information about these pathways is on the module tab.
Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time course, but spread over a longer period.
Work placements or work related-projects are usually off campus. You will have the opportunity to complete a placement in a suitable gallery, museum, or heritage site. This could be either 12 days long or 6 weeks long, depending on which pathway you chose in Semester 2.
You will have access to our top quality facilities with Media, Culture, Heritage and across the University:
- our libraries and eResources
- The Great North Museum: Hancock, located on campus, houses the collections that previously made up the Hancock Museum, the Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology (an internationally-renowned collection of over 1,000 Greek and Etruscan artefacts), and the Museum of Antiquities
- The Hatton Gallery, located on campus, has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since the early 20th century
- The Language Resource Centre is a specialist language facility providing free access to self-study materials in 50 languages
- Computing facilities with access to relevant databases and over 1,400 fully networked PCs
- The Gertrude Bell Archive
- Non-campus facilities that are often used for student projects include Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and the Victoria Tunnel
In addition to our expertise in heritage studies, the city of Newcastle and the wider region offers a wonderful resource with two World Heritage Sites, many heritage sites and over 80 regional museums and galleries. Much of the region's countryside is designated as National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
A flexible mixture of taught modules and a possible work-based placement will provide you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.
Postgraduate Diploma students must complete six 20-credit modules (120 credits in total). MA students study the same modules plus one of our 60-credit dissertation modules (180 credits in total).
Modules for 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- MCH8501 Understanding Challenges in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- MCH8502 Managing Projects in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector
- MCH8503 Communicating and Learning in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- MCH8504 Caring for 'Collections' in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector
- MCH8532 Understanding Academic and Applied Research in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
Optional modulesOptional modules
You will take one of the modules that is linked to your designated Programme pathway:
- MCH8516 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Practice
- MCH8550 Working on a Project in the Museums Sector
- MCH8551 Working on an Art Museum and Gallery Project
- MCH8552 Working on a Project in the Heritage Sector
Followed by one of the modules given below:
- MCH8599 Research: Dissertation
- MCH8600 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Professional Practice and Research
- MCH8601 Research: Vocationally-Orientated Project
*If you chose MCH8516 you cannot register for MCH8600
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
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Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £17,370
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £14,380
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, in any subject.
We will also consider your application if you have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.
If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request more information. We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.
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Pre-sessional English Language Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Language Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-session entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:
How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step-by-step guide can help you on your way.
The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course, but due to demand we suggest you apply early.
We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
If you live outside the UK/EU you must:
- pay a deposit of £1,500
- or submit an official letter of sponsorship
The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.