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Museum Studies MA, PGDip

Develop the practical skills essential to work in a museum, whilst engaging with theories and debates on the societal role of museums.

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  • September 2024


Our Museum Studies course covers a broad range of issues encountered in museum work. We'll provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to move into or enhance a career in museums. You'll gain a competitive edge by curating group exhibitions or organising and delivering complex education and learning events within one of the North East’s flagship venues; the Great North Museum: Hancock

We've been educating museum professionals since 1993 and our course is well established internationally. We encourage a hands-on approach, involving major input from museum professionals working regionally, nationally and internationally. These professionals range from small, independent museums to those who curate national and international collections.

In addition to our expertise in museum studies, the city of Newcastle and the wider region offer a wonderful resource. We have over 80 regional museums and galleries and many heritage sites including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Durham Cathedral and Hadrian’s Wall. Much of the region's countryside is designated as National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The course is part of Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts and Cultures. You will be part of a dynamic group of experienced academic researchers, heritage practitioners, doctoral researchers and fellow students from around the world.

Learn more about the Museum Studies programme on our Museum, Galleries and Heritage webpage

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What you'll learn

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

You’ll also have the opportunity to undertake an optional placement with one of the cultural organisations in our extensive regional and national network of cultural venues. The course content reflects the current pressing debates in museum studies, research and practice.

You'll take four compulsory modules and two optional modules. MA students also choose a research dissertation or a 25-day placement.

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All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


You will have access to extensive cultural resources available on campus and in the city:

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024 entry (per year)

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Tuition fees include the costs of:

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  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

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Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

Iain WheeldonSchool of Arts and Cultures
Director of Postgraduate Taught
Media, Culture, Heritage 
School of Arts and CulturesTelephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5185 (School of Arts and Cultures Office)


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