12 months
15000 GBP/year
8500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture degree offered 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. 

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This MA Museums, Galleries and Contemporary Culture degree offered 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.   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.

The course concentrates on professional practice and you will work closely with institutions such as Tate Britain and the Museum of London, and conduct case studies into creative projects run by organisations as diverse as the Victoria and Albert Museum, smaller independent galleries and London-based festivals and arts organisations. Classes are taught off-site at other institutions, and involve professionals from the sector as much as possible to give you an understanding of vocational issues and a close involvement in the workplace. 

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.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Current Issues in Museum and Gallery Studies 
  • Major Research Project 
  • Art Museums and Contemporary Culture 
  • Collecting Today: Curating, Presenting and Managing 
  • Collections 
  • Curating Contemporary Art 
  • Education, Learning and Events 
  • Exhibiting Photography  

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


180 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 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 12 months.
  • National

    8500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8500 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • UK tuition fee: £4,250 (Price per academic year)
  • International tuition fee: £7,500 (Price per academic year)

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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