24 months
15000 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture with Professional Experience programme at the University of Westminster looks at the way that museums, galleries and other cultural institutions are changing to meet the needs of the 21st century.  

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The Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture with Professional Experience programme at the University of Westminster has been designed for students who wish to work as curators, arts organisers, museum professional and other cultural managers and who want to know in particular how these institutions face contemporary issues. 

It looks at the changing role of cultural provision and how agencies, festivals and flexible organisations shape, house, fund, and disseminate culture today. The course also gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the contemporary debates about working practices in cultural institutions, and the changing context in which organisations operate.

Career path 

  • Graduates will have the skills to work in a variety of positions in the cultural sector, including in the post of curator, consultant, arts and media strategists and advisers, funding officers or education and interpretation officers.
  • You will undertake a work placement or internship in a museum or an art organisation in order to gain and consolidate the professional skills and knowledge acquired on the course. The extended work placement will take place in the second year and last between three to twelve months. 
  • Whilst the University is not able to guarantee a placement, we will support students to find a suitable position. On successful completion of the Museums, Galleries and Contemporary MA with Professional experience you will be fully prepared to enter or re-enter the job market at a senior level. 
  • Students unable to secure a placement will be transferred to the one-year Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture MA. 

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Art Museums and Contemporary Culture
  • Collecting Today: Curating, Presenting and Managing Collections
  • Curating Contemporary Art
  • Education, Learning and Events
  • London Museums
  • Museum Narratives 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a lower second class honours degree (2:2). 
  • Applications from candidates with demonstrable relevant work experience and relevant professional qualifications are welcomed. 
  • In these cases, applicants may be required to undertake a written entrance test in the form of a short 1,500-word essay, and may also be required to assemble a work experience portfolio (consisting of testimonials, job descriptions etc). 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    15000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 15000 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8500 GBP per year during 24 months.

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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