University of Leeds

Degree level: Postgraduate

Art Gallery and Museum Studies (Taught)

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Course summary

The Art Gallery and Museum Studies MA aims to provide you with a critical understanding of issues in curatorship, museology and museum management. This Masters course considers the ways in which material culture has been represented and interpreted by historians and cultural theorists, the methodologies behind museum practice and methods of display and interpretation, and also puts theory and practice into dialogue. Through the course, you will develop a critical understanding of the histories of art galleries and museums and explore and challenge key ideas that have shaped museum practice. You will also deploy these historical and theoretical understandings to develop innovative approaches to curation, interpretation and engaging audiences. 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. You will study in the heart of a cultural hub for this diverse and vibrant region. Leeds is home to a wide variety of world-leading and innovative arts and heritage organisations, from the Royal Armouries, Opera North, Leeds Playhouse and Northern Ballet, to museums, galleries and heritage sites and many contemporary art spaces. We are also close to everything the rest of Yorkshire has to offer, from The Hepworth Wakefield to the National Science and Media Museum, Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the Brontë Parsonage Museum. We have close links with many of these cultural institutions to support your practical learning. You will become a member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and enjoy opportunities from networking events and links to alumni to conferences, seminars and reading groups. Course tutors include researchers with a background in collections, curatorial, education and engagement work:

  • Dr Robert Knifton (Programme Director)
  • Dr Helen Graham
  • Dr Nick Cass
  • Professor Abigail Harrison Moore
  • Dr Mark Westgarth
  • Dr Kerry Bristol
  • Dr Claudia Sternberg
  • Dr Gill Park
  • Dr Liz Stainforth
  • Dr Eric Prenowitz
Specialist facilities Housed within a single central campus location, the School offers a modern and well-equipped learning environment with several studio and exhibition spaces. Project Space is the School’s multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions. The Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable assets for your independent research. In addition to the wide range of museums and galleries in the city and beyond, the University campus features:
  • The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery
  • Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery
  • Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
  • Marks & Spencer Company Archive
  • International Textile Collection
  • Public art trail

Course details


Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:1 (hons) in a relevant subject.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Art Gallery and Museum Studies at University of Leeds - UCAS