Postgraduate

Museum Studies MA, PGDip

Museum Studies MA, PGDip

MA - full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months
PGDip - full time: 9 months, part time: 18 months

Profile

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.

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Video: Professor Chris Whitehead talks about the role of museums in contemporary society

Your course during COVID-19

Whilst things will not be the same when you join us in September, this course page is intended to give you insight into what to expect from your course and your learning experience for the duration of your degree.

We have updated all course information where there are specific changes in the first semester.

Facilities

Most of our student services are now available online. As COVID-19 restrictions lift, we'll be opening up our on-campus facilities as soon as it is safe to do so, so that you can get the best out of your studies.

Your learning experience

Your teaching will be a mixture of online and in-person on-campus teaching. In semester one, as a result of physical distancing requirements, all lecture materials will be delivered online along with many tutorials, workshops and labs.

Our aim, if Government guidance allows us, is to deliver up to three hours of labs, seminars and tutorial teaching in-person on campus where this is possible and safe to do so. We'll review this regularly and plan to return to full in-person, on-campus teaching in semester two if restrictions allow.

If you’re studying for an MRes, MMus or MLitt programme, the number of hours may vary from this. For more information, please contact your supervisor or academic school.

Assessment

In semester one, we will not be running face-to-face, on-campus examinations. We will instead use different approaches to assessment. These will test and support your learning.

Field trips

We will be running some but not all of our planned field trips. Some of those that do run, will be run virtually. For those that do not run, we will be offering alternative learning activities. These learning activities will give you the opportunity to achieve the same learning.

Work placements

There may be some restrictions on work placement opportunities. 

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University 2020 study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.


About this course

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.

Video: Interview with Professor Peter Stone

Staff

The programme leader is Professor Andrew Newman.

Other personal tutors and supervisors of Museum Studies research projects include:

 

Delivery

The course covers all aspects of museum work. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.

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 online or on campus in Newcastle city centre and includes seminars, practical sessions, and workshops.

You will take six compulsory modules, plus the choice between a research dissertation or a vocationally orientated project. More information about the dissertation and the project 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.

The academic year usually starts in late September with Induction.

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Modules

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 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Careers

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2020-2021 fees

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.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2020 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

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.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

Pathway courses

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.

Start dates

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.

Deposit

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.