Top 10 Museum Studies Masters Degree Courses In The UK & Europe

Starting out in the Heritage industry is a hugely popular choice and so much depends on your work experience as well as your academic credentials. A Masters in Museum Studies, also often referred to as Heritage Studies, is quite common for those already working in the field. 

Here’s our rundown of ten of the best masters degree courses in Museum Studies available to study in the UK and Europe.*

MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums – University of Cambridge

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £10,800 for UK and EU students / £21,600 for international students.

What You Will Study: Themes covered include the development of heritage as a civic enterprise, the involvement of politics in heritage, ethics, and the link between heritage and identity. 

MA in Museum Studies – University College London

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Cost: £10,110 for full-time study, and £5,085 per year for part-time study for UK and EU students / £20,540 for full time and £10,430 per year for part time international students.

What You Will Study: Modules include topics such as Collections Management and Care, Managing Museums, and Antiquities and the Law.

MA in Museums, Heritage and Material Culture Studies – SOAS University of London

Duration: 1 year full time or 3 years part time.

Cost: £8,785 total fees for UK and EU students / £18,075 total fees for international students. 

What You Will Study: This course is ideal for students who wish to pursue a career in galleries and museums featuring non-Western art and culture. 

MA in Museum and Artefact Studies – Durham University

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Cost: £7,400 for full-time, and £4,100 per year for part-time UK and EU students / £16,500 for full-time and £9,100 per year for part-time international students.

What You Will Study: The MA in Museum and Artefacts Studies provides a base for future careers focusing on the communication, professional, research and analytical skills relevant to museums and artefact care. 

MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies – University of Manchester

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Cost: £9,000 for full-time and £4,500 per year for part-time UK and EU students / £17,000 for full-time and £8,500 per year for part-time international students.

What You Will Study: The MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies at the University of Manchester focuses on new approaches to the theory and practice of curating in museums with a strong element of work experience in Manchester. 

MA in Museum Studies – Leiden University

Duration: 1 year full time. 

Cost: €2,006 for UK and EU students / €16,600 for international students. 

What You Will Study: The MA in Museum Studies at Leiden University in The Netherlands features an exploration of the political and cultural issues surrounding museums and artefact ownership. This course in conducted in English.

MA in Museum Studies (Heritage Studies) – University of Amsterdam

Duration: 2 years full time.

Cost: €2,006 per year for UK and EU students / €13,255 per year for international students.

What You Will Study: The University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands offers this is a dual Masters in Museum and Heritage Studies which covers the scientific analysis of storytelling in museums and the cultural and political pressures placed on museums. The course is taught in English. 

MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies – University of St Andrews

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years and 5 months part time.

Cost: £7,500 total cost for UK and EU students / £17,090 total cost for international students. 

What You Will Study: This is a broad course at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, covering exhibition, museum education and the principles of conservation.

MA in Public History – University of York

Duration: 1 year full time or 2 years part time.

Cost: £6,760 for full-time and £3,380 per year for part-time UK and EU students / £16,290 for full-time and £8,145 per year for part-time international students.

What You Will Study: The aim of this MA in Public History is to give students an understanding of the issues surrounding the modern heritage sector. 

MA in International Heritage Management – University of Birmingham

Duration: 1 year full time.

Cost: £7,890 for UK and EU students / £16,260 for international students. 

What You Will Study: Students at the University of Birmingham will gain an excellent understanding of heritage management issues surrounding independent museums.

* SOURCE: Top Universities World University Rankings Arts & Humanities

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