University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Art Gallery and Museum Studies

You will develop your understanding of the ways in which historians and cultural theorists have interpreted and represented architecture, material culture and museums over the past 2,000 years. You will look at different methods of display and interpretation and the methodologies behind museum practice and country house collections. Then you will choose from optional modules on topics such as cultural theory, sculpture, Hollywood icons or cinema. At the same time, you will develop practical skills. You will work on an interpretation project in our Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery and you'll even undertake a negotiated work placement in your second semester. Supported by the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, you will gain the knowledge and skills for a successful career in the museum and art gallery sector.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent professional experience in a relevant subject area.

Course modules

Core modules: History and the museum (representation, narrative and memory); museum, object, practice; interpreting cultures; dissertation; essential research skills 1; essential research skills 2. Optional modules include: Derrida and deconstruction; (in)tangible heritage, (in)tangible histories; aristocratic collections in Britain from the Tudors to the 21st Century; beyond the trench (collaborative projects on the history, remembrance and critical heritage of the 1st World War); capitalism-criticism-contemporary art; movies, migrants and diasporas; modernity and the Jews; critical and curatorial challenges in contemporary art (the documental exhibitions at Kassel 1992-2012); the voice in cultural theory; country house collections; individual directed study; body/object/space: sculpture and its philosophies; the complete Marilyn Monroe (the cultural analysis of an icon of the 20th Century); losing perspective (reflections on "non-western" arts).

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used including essays, presentations, assignments and literature reviews among others, depending on the modules you choose.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 12 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (England) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 24 months
MA Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Leeds Leeds LS2 9JT Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Telephone number: 
0113 343 5274