Museums and Galleries in Education MA

London, Bloomsbury

The Museums and Galleries in Education MA combines academic study with professional educational practice in museums, galleries and heritage sites, looking at influential contemporary and historic theories in museum and gallery education. This programme also enables international collaborations to take place across the academic and professional field of museum studies.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

You will normally be required to have an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in an arts, humanities or science-related subject from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, together with professional or voluntary experience in museums, galleries or heritage sites.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

This programme is suitable for international students on a Student visa – study must be full-time, face-to-face, starting October.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

The programme enables students to carry out practical and theoretical studies on education in museums and galleries. University-based sessions are supplemented by teaching sessions at national, regional and university collections. Additionally students gain flexible access to historic and contemporary sites and full-time students have a 21-day research-based placement in a museum, gallery or heritage site.

Who this course is for

This programme combines academic study with professional educational practice. It is suited to those interested in working in education/learning/curation/research in the cultural sector. Applications are invited from a range of suitably qualified professionals such as gallery and museum educators, heritage interpreters, arts administrators, artists, designers, lecturers, and primary and secondary teachers.

What this course will give you

The Museums and Galleries in Education MA has a long and distinguished history for both those wishing to learn about the educational potential of the cultural sector and those wishing to expand their existing careers.

IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society is ideally situated for students to make excellent use of an extraordinary range of institutions, many within walking distance of the Art, Design and Museology studios.

Moreover the MA works in close collaboration with the Art Education, Culture and Practice MA, and together they have created an international research-active environment in which to share knowledge and professional expertise.

The foundation of your career


Graduates of this programme are currently working as: education officers at historical sites; digital programme managers in national art and design museums; heads of learning, heads of interpretation and curation in museums and galleries, and heads of research in museums/galleries in the UK, continental Europe, and internationally.

Teaching and learning

Teaching is undertaken by IOE staff and visiting lecturers in a variety of forms including lectures, seminars, workshops, visual presentations with a substantial part of the programme involving off-site teaching in museums, galleries and heritage sites. Assessment includes 5,000-word assignments, the production of electronic media, and the potential to develop/realise practice-led research/curating/programming projects.


The programme consists of two compulsory modules, two optional modules, and a Dissertation OR two compulsory modules, three optional modules and a Report.

Compulsory Modules:

Issues in Museums & Galleries in Education

Responsive Museums & Galleries: Inclusion & Outreach in practice

Dissertation: Work Placement

Recommended Modules:

Constructing & Interpreting Heritage Culture

Contemporary Art & Artists in Education

Material & Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience

Curation and Education

Alternative Models in Art Education

Year 1:

Compulsory Modules:

Issues in Museums & Galleries in Education

Responsive Museums & Galleries: Inclusion & Outreach in practice

Year 2:

Compulsory Modules:

Dissertation: Work Placement  OR Report

Year 1 and Year 2 - Recommended Modules:

Contemporary Art & Artists in Education

Material & Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience

Curation and Education

Alternative Models in Art Education

It is expected that you will begin your studies with the compulsory module Issues in Museums & Galleries in Education and that you will sit the Dissertation: Work Placement OR Report module in your final year of study. The second compulsory module Responsive Museums: Inclusion and Outreach in practice can be taken in Years 1-5 depending on an individual's study pattern.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MA in Museums and Galleries in Education.


The MA Museums and Galleries in Education programme includes for full-time students a 21-day research-based placement in a museum, gallery, or heritage site. Recent placements have been at The British Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum, October Gallery, the Craft Council, Royal Palaces, the Jewish Museum, Mall Galleries, and Museum of London. In addition to the placement itself, students are required to write a 6,000-word Work Placement Report.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £11,800 £5,900
Tuition fees (2023/24) £26,200 £13,100

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website:

Additional costs

There may be instances where a student, undertaking their 21-day placement in a museum, gallery or heritage site as part of their Dissertation: Work Placement, may be required to have a DBS.  The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75 (note, this was the fee for 2022 but may change). The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the Admissions team.

Students should take into account any travel, accommodation and expenses involved in their report or dissertation.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Museums and Galleries in Education at graduate level
  • why you want to study Museums and Galleries in Education at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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