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Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries (Distance Learning)

University of Leicester

24 months
8725 GBP/year
5222 GBP/year
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This Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries programme offered at the University of Leicester is for you if... you want a flexible, part-time course that allows you to develop skills and expertise in addressing contemporary social issues in museums and galleries.


In the 21st century, leading museums, galleries and heritage practice began to make use of socially engaged approaches. This Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries course offered at the University of Leicester will examine the role of museums and practitioners in shaping society's understandings of contemporary issues, upholding values of inclusivity and accessibility, and ensuring that museums benefit their communities. Choosing to study Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries will give you access to leading research and practice on the impact that museums and galleries can have on advocating for social justice and human rights, and how they might better explore and address the contemporary issues that face our societies.

This course is based on research that has been undertaken over the last 15 years by the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) at Leicester, and draws on broader global shifts in practice. It will introduce you to cutting-edge examples of socially-driven professional practice and challenge you to think deeply about the role of culture in society and the characteristics of socially purposeful museums and galleries.

Over the course, you will engage critically and creatively with areas such as:

  • partnership working
  • participatory practices
  • learning and education
  • design and experience
  • visitor studies and audience research
  • leadership at all levels of an organisation
  • how socially engaged practice can be embedded into the work of museums and galleries

Careers and employability

Our Museum Studies graduates have been employed in some of the largest and most prestigious museums and galleries worldwide, in addition to some smaller specialist and local institutions.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Exploring Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Engaging Audiences: Education, Learning and Participation
  • Research and Evaluation for Socially Engaged Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Project in Practice: Developing Socially Engaged Practice in Museums and Galleries
  • Dissertation

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General 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.
  • Or 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.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    8725 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 17450 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5222 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10445 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.


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