University of Manchester

University of Manchester

Art Gallery and Museum Studies

The programme is continually being reviewed and developed in response to new research, emerging critical approaches and shifts in museum practice; Manchester's traditional focus on the art gallery remains, but is now complemented by courses that address history, theory and practice in a range of institutions.

Entry requirements

A 1st or 2.1 Honours degree , or overseas equivalent, in a relevant discipline; work experience in a museum, gallery or other appropriate institution; a minimum score of 7.0 on the IELTS test (including 7.0 in Writing) or 600 on the TOEFL paper-based test (250 computer-based), or the Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grades A-C) or the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (grades A-C).

Course modules

Modules include: The museum and its contexts; museums, museology, museographies; skills awareness for graduate education; 20 day work placement. Options include: art in the city - collecting, curating, commissioning; digital heritage; learning and interpretation; museums, anthropology and material culture; museums and archaeology; museums of conflict and conscience; museum objects and exhibitions; museum policy and practice; science, nature, museums.

Assessment methods

Assessment is through essays, portfolio and a dissertation.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grants are competetive and provide payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend for UK students, and tuition fees (and a maintenance stipend, subject to eligibility criteria) for EU students; the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for Master's students; details are published in Feb/Mar each year.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 5,000 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 2,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months
MA Part-time - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of Manchester Manchester M13 9PL North West

Key information

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries
Telephone number: 
0161 275 4740