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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 should hold a good, Upper Second Class Honours degree, or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Please visit our  How to Apply  page.  

If you wish to transfer credits onto one of our master's programmes, please download the guidance  here  for further information.

Course options

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

Course description

Art Gallery and Museum Studies (AGMS) has been taught at The University of Manchester for over 40 years and our alumni have reached senior positions in museums and galleries throughout the UK and overseas. Today, the AGMS is continually being reviewed and developed in response to new research and shifts in museum practice. Throughout the degree, you will examine diverse of museum theory and practice, visit museums, galleries and cultural organisations, and have many opportunities to discuss ideas and issues with professionals and academics in the field.

AGMS is a modular degree with core and optional elements totalling to 180 credits . Core and options courses combine to make 120 credits with the remaining 60 credits allocated to the dissertation.

Semester 1

Full-time students take two core course: `The Museum and its Contexts', and `Museums Objects and Exhibitions' (each 30 credits). These core courses are designed to introduce you to key issues and ideas in museum practice and approaches to the study and analysis of museums.

Semester 2

Semester two option courses build on the knowledge you have gained in semester one and enable you to develop expertise in a particular area of curating (eg art, archaeology or ethnography) or museum practice (eg museum learning or management). Full-time students choose two option course (each 30 credits). These may include:

  • Museum and Gallery Curating - with specialised routes on:       
  •   Curating Art
  •   Curating Archaeology
  •   Curating Nature and Science
  •   Curating Ethnography
  •   Digital Curating
  • Museum Policy and Management
  • Museums of Conflict and Conscience
  • Creative Learning: Arts, Heritage and Education [jointly with MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice]
  • Enhanced Work Placement

Dissertation (Semester 2 and Summer)

The MA concludes with a dissertation (60 credits) on a topic of your choice, agreed in conjunction with your dissertation supervisor. Dissertation planning and supervision takes place in Semester 2 and you continue with your independent writing over the summer.

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 2015, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,500
    International students (per annum): £14,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,250

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

See: About us

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