We aim to provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to establish or progress your successful career working in art museums or galleries.
Working in collaboration with our key partners - Hatton Gallery and Laing Art Gallery - you will curate a public-facing group exhibition and organise and deliver a programme of public activities and learning events, designed to provide you with an unparalleled experience and a professional edge.
The Art Museum and Gallery Studies programme from Newcastle University encourages a hands-on approach and involves major input from a range of art museum and gallery professionals from the region and beyond. This includes those involved in independent initiatives, national art collections, and internationally significant exhibitions.
Dr Emma Coffield and Iain Wheeldon lead the course and they will work closely with you throughout your time with us. Emma and Iain are also responsible for supervising MA dissertations.
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- Cultural and Media Studies in top 20% for research quality.
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The course covers all aspects of art museum and gallery work and we use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you achieve your learning objectives. This includes a large proportion of guided independent study. The scheduled contact time takes place either on the Newcastle campus or off-site at our partner venues (the Hatton Gallery or the Laing Art Gallery) and includes:
- seminars and practical sessions
You will also go on study visits to venues such as:
- BALTIC, Centre for Contemporary Art
- Laing Art Gallery
- Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
The academic year usually starts in late September with Welcome Week. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience. This means you will have a mixture of taught modules and work-based placements.
You will take five compulsory modules, with a further choice of two possible pathways. Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time course, but spread over a longer period.
- Understanding Challenges in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- Communicating and Learning in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- Caring for 'Collections' in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- Understanding Academic and Applied Research in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- Museum/Gallery/Heritage Practice
- Working on an Art Museum and Gallery Project
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- StartingApply anytime.
- We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.
DisciplinesArt History Museum Studies View 101 other Masters in Museum Studies in United Kingdom
A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in:
- fine art
- art history
You don't have to have a full degree in an art-related subject, but you should have studied modules in:
- art history
- art theory and/or fine art
We will also consider your application if you have non-standard qualifications and/or relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.
International20400 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 20400 GBP per year during 12 months.
National9600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 9600 GBP per year during 12 months.
- Part time: £4,800
- Full time: £6,400
- Part time: £3,200
Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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