University of Sussex

Degree level: Postgraduate

Art History and Museum Curating (Taught)

There are other course options available which may have a different vacancy status or entry requirements – view the full list of options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

Gain the skills to join the exciting world of museums, galleries and the cultural heritage sector. You’ll work with academics who have relationships with museums across the UK, and direct experience of curating exhibitions and permanent collections in the museums and galleries sector. Our long-standing partnerships with local and national museums and collections include:

  • the British Museum
  • Historic Royal Palaces
  • the National Trust
  • Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
  • Charleston.
You’ll also learn from museum professionals. In the past this has included senior staff from the V&A, Tate and Towner Art Gallery. You’ll explore the history, theory and politics of art institutions and build a critical framework for the practice of curating. You visit museums in Sussex and in London, allowing you to learn first-hand about institutional histories, collections, permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions. You’ll have the choice of combining museum curating with either the study of art history or the history of photography.

Course details


We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. Core modules Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

  • Art History Research Seminar
  • Art History Research Skills and Methods
  • Critical Issues in Art History and Curating
  • Museum Skills I: Objects
  • Art History Research Skills and Methods
  • Museum Skills II: Contexts and Display
  • Dissertation (Art History & Museum Curating)
Options Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research. While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group.
  • Body and Society: Representing Women
  • Heritage Skills II
  • Instrumental Aesthetics: Contemporary Art, Politics and Visual Culture
- Race, Photography, Archives

Entry requirements

Degree requirements: You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Subject-specific requirements: Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You may also be considered for the course if you have other professional qualifications or experience of equivalent standing. For more information about our entry requirements and English language requirements, please visit our website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

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Art History and Museum Curating at University of Sussex - UCAS