University of Leeds

University of Leeds

Arts Management and Heritage Studies

Arts management and heritage studies are emerging disciplines that examine how societies preserve, understand and pass on history and culture. This programme combines theory and practice to give you an insight into the changing nature of the heritage sector. Core modules explore the nature of 'heritage', how meanings of objects, artworks and buildings change in different contexts. You will examine the challenges faced by arts managers and cultural leaders, and the changes that have led some museums to move towards the role of the 'manager' rather than the 'curator'. You will even choose from optional modules to tailor your degree to your interests or career plans, including the chance to undertake a work placement and apply theory to a professional context. Supported by our Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage, you will benefit from our partnerships with major arts and cultural organisations to find out what it means to work in this challenging sector.

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Bachelo'r Honours degree. You will also be expected to have some experience in a relevant field, this can be voluntary or paid. IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component.

Course modules

Core modules: Heritage studies: key words; arts management and cultural leadership; essential research skills 1; essential research skills 2; arts management and heritage studies dissertation. Optional modules include: Derrida and deconstruction; beyond the trench (collaborative projects on the history, remembrance and critical heritage of the First World War); from Chagall to Kitaj and beyond; critical and curatorial challenges in contemporary art (the documental exhibitions at Kassel 1992-2012); individual directed study; performance and collaborative enterprise; audience engagement and impact.

Assessment methods

Depending on the modules you choose, you may experience a range of different assessment methods. These usually include essays of around 7,000 words, individual and group presentations, in-course assessment and project work. You may also be asked to complete a reflective log for your projects, allowing you to look back and critically assess your own practice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,000 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

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

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Key information

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