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Art Gallery and Museum Studies MA

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Degree awarded
12 months full-time or 24 months part-time
Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a good honours degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant discipline (such as, Art History, Archaeology, History, History and Philosophy of Science, Anthropology, Classics, English). In addition, they must have some work experience (including voluntary work) in a museum, gallery or other appropriate institution. Competition for places is high: in 2009/10, there were four applicants for every available place.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

For any queries on the admission process, please check our  FAQ  and/or call Hannah-Emily on 0161 275 0322 or e-mail

For any queries about the content of the MA programme, please e-mail the Programme Director, Dr Kostas Arvanitis

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

*Places still available for a September 2015 start!*

Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) has been taught at The University of Manchester for more than 40 years. It is one of the longest established MA degree courses in museum studies in the country, and our alumni have reached senior positions in museums and galleries throughout the UK and overseas.

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Today, the AGMS course 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 balanced by course units which address history, theory and practice in a range of institutions.

Throughout the degree, you will examine diverse issues related to museum theory and practice, visit numerous museums, galleries and cultural organisations, and have many opportunities to discuss ideas and issues with professionals and academics in the field. The AGMS course combines both guided and independent study, and includes seminars, guest lectures and site visits. Information about all these, and about the modules of the AGMS programme, is included in these webpages and the  AGMS handbook .

Open days

Our next Open Day will be on Wednesday 18 March 2015 as part of a University-wide postgraduate event. Further details can be found  here .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £7,700
    International students (per annum): £15,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,850

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


The School also offers a limited number of fee bursaries on a competitive basis for MA students. Details of bursaries available in a given year will be posted on the School website in January.

Please see the  School website  for further details. 

Contact details

Academic department
School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
Contact name
Hannah-Emily Smith
+44 (0) 161 275 0322
+44 (0) 161 275 3098
Academic department overview

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