Museum Studies MA, MSc by distance learning

University Of Leicester, United Kingdom

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October 2021

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Total Course Fee

USD 24,081

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  • 18 Months
  • Online
  • Postgraduate
  • Degree
This degree will provide you with the practical and theoretical experience needed to become a creative and effective museum and gallery professional or to further advance your career in the sector.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field, who have been involved in expanding the academic discipline of museum studies over many years. The course will equip you with a thorough knowledge and critical understanding of current principles, practice, and contemporary debates in Museum Studies.

Over the course you will explore areas such as:

  • The social role of museums and art galleries
  • Activist practice in museums and galleries
  • Collections care and management
  • Exhibitions strategies
  • Museum design
  • Museum ethics and interpretation 
  • To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you will take four core modules, followed by four option modules, giving you the opportunity to delve into your particular interests and to develop your expertise in the field of your choice. The subjects include museum learning, heritage, digital in museums, museums and contemporary issues, and museums and the natural environment, as well as a practice option which is focused on a workplace-based project. You can attain a Postgraduate Certificate by undertaking just the four core modules. It is also possible to take one module, 'The Museum and Change', as a short course.
  • If you are taking the MA or MSc, you will also complete a research project on the topic of your choice. For many, it is the most exciting part of the course, as a self-directed opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level. You might choose to write this up as a dissertation, but you could also consider writing a paper, a professional report, or perhaps even producing a film. We look forward to working with you on the possibilities.
  • The course is delivered in a variety of ways, including online lectures, live seminars, online discussion activities and course readers, which are posted to you. There is also a week-long optional Summer School every year, featuring a programme of live, online events or face-to-face teaching and group activities.
  • By taking the distance learning course, you have the flexibility to fit studying around your existing work and family commitments. The distance learning course offers the same subject coverage and leads to the same qualification as our campus-based course. Museum Studies at Leicester works with a team of highly skilled Associate Tutors, all of whom are experienced museum and heritage professionals who will support you throughout your studies. 

What's the difference?

  • If your dissertation concerns a science collection or museum, or if the nature of your investigation is 'scientific', you can receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree instead of a Master of Arts (MA) degree.
  • This is a very flexible programme with a range of qualifications on offer, from a Postgraduate Certificate (four core modules), and a Postgraduate Diploma (four core modules and four optional modules), to a full MA or MSc (all core modules, four options plus a dissertation).

Enrollment Cycles

  • October 2021
  • April 2022

Entry requirements

  • In recognition of the diverse employment needs of the culture sector, we recognise and credit a range of prior qualifications and experiences.
  • Either a first class or second class degree, which can be in any subject area
  • Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and aptitudes through the possession of a professional or vocational qualification and/or the accrual of relevant work experiences. Relevant experience can come from a wide spectrum of work or voluntary environments but clear evidence of this experience must be provided
  • You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation.
  • If you do not have a degree, you will be asked complete an assessment, such as an essay, so as to demonstrate your readiness for postgraduate study. Clear guidance will be provided on assessment criteria. You may also be required to attend an interview.
    Reference
  • You will need to supply a reference as part of your application. An academic reference is preferred but this can also be a work-based reference. You will be able to upload this as part of the application process.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

MA/MSc

Core modules

  • The Museum and Change
  • Designing for Creative Lives
  • Objects and Collections: Care, Management and Curation
  • Engaging Audiences

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Museums and the Natural Environment
  • Heritage
  • Digital
  • Museums and Contemporary Issues
  • Practice
  • Plus your Research project
  • If your Research project concerns a science collection or museum, or if the nature of your investigation is 'scientific', you can receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree instead of a Master of Arts (MA) degree.

PGDip

Core modules

  • The Museum and Change
  • Designing for Creative Lives
  • Objects and Collections: Care, Management and Curation
  • Engaging Audiences

Option modules

Choose four option modules from:

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Museums and the Natural Environment
  • Heritage
  • Digital
  • Museums and Contemporary Issues
  • Practice
  • PGCert

Modules

  • The Museum and Change
  • Designing for Creative Lives
  • Objects and Collections: Care, Management and Curation
  • Engaging Audiences
     
  • UK and EU Students 
  • This is the total course fee. 
  • Your fee will be determined by where you will be living during your studies. 
  • Starting in October 2021 or April 2022
  •  MA/MSc: £10,445 
  • PGDip: £9,305 
  • PGCert: £4,655 
  • Short course: £1,165 
  • Did you know you can apply for a Government Postgraduate Loan? 
  • Find out if you’re eligible. (MA/MSc only; not available for PGDip.)

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