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 (2024/25)
£12,700
£6,350
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
£28,100
£14,050
Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 10 May 2024

Applications closed

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

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.

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.

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 those students opting to follow the Dissertation: Work Placement module sit 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 and heads of interpretation and curation in museums and galleries and heads of research in museums/galleries in the UK, continental Europe, and internationally.

Employability

Recent graduate destinations include:

• Senior Producer (Formal Learning) Young V&A

• Head of Public Programmes, The Courtauld Institute of Art

• Assistant Curator, Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama

• Learning department, Museum of London

• Young People's Programme Manager, Learning and National Partnerships, The British Museum

• Head of Learning and Participation, Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

• Head of Access and Learning, RAF Museum

• Communications and Participation Manager, Group for Education in Museums

• Head of Education, Freelands Foundation

• Public Engagement, Oxford University Museum of Natural History

• Heritage Officer, Enfield Council

Networking

Art, Design and Museology run a series of research seminars each academic year which provides all students within the group an opportunity to extend their knowledge and understanding and to build up a network of contacts working within the field. Other opportunities include visits off site and the posting via Moodle (the virtual learning environment) of volunteering and paid job opportunities and other research events from colleagues and alumni.

Teaching and learning

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops, reading groups, and off-site visits for gallery and museum-based learning, delivered by IOE staff, visiting lecturers and professionals working 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.

Each 30 credit module requires a minimum of 30 hours contact time plus 300 hours of independent (self-directed) study.

Modules

The programme consists of two compulsory modules, two optional modules, and the Dissertation Work Placement module OR two compulsory modules, three optional modules and the Report module.

Compulsory Modules:

Issues in Museums & Galleries in Education

Responsive Museums & Galleries: Inclusion & Outreach in practice

Dissertation: Work Placement OR Report

Recommended Optional Modules (this list is subject to change):

Constructing & Interpreting Heritage Culture

Contemporary Art & Artists in Education

Curation and Education

Material & Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience

Alternative Models in Art Education

The programme consists of two compulsory modules, two optional modules, and the Dissertation Work Placement module OR two compulsory modules, three optional modules and the Report module.

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 Optional Modules (this list is subject to change):

Constructing & Interpreting Heritage Culture

Contemporary Art & Artists in Education

Curation and Education

Material & Virtual Cultures: Transforming the Museum and Gallery Experience

Alternative Models in Art Education

The programme consists of two compulsory modules, two optional modules, and the Dissertation Work Placement module OR two compulsory modules, three optional modules and the Report module.

It is expected that you will begin your studies with the compulsory module Issues in Museums & Galleries in Education and that you will sit either the Dissertation: Work Placement module OR the 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 and following discussions with their Personal Tutor.

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 are 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.

Placement

As part of the Dissertation Work Placement module, the MA Museums and Galleries in Education programme offers 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 14,000-word Dissertation and a 6,000-word Work Placement Report.

Accessibility

Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Online - Open day

Graduate Open Events: Museums and Galleries in Education MA

Are you interested in furthering your career in education and making a difference in the UK or worldwide? We welcome you to book your place at our Virtual Open Event. You will meet our Programme Leaders, hear about the programmes you are interested in and have the chance to ask any questions you might have. These sessions are free and open to all. Be inspired by our wide-ranging and flexible programmes run by leading academics.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £12,700 £6,350
Tuition fees (2024/25) £28,100 £14,050

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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

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 £15 (note, this was the fee for 2023 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.

If students undertake fieldwork involved in their report or dissertation it must be self-funded.

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.

IOE-Clarke Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024
Value: Tuition fees, return flights and stipend (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

IOE-ISH Centenary Masters Scholarships

Deadline: 3 May 2024
Value: Tuition fees and accommodation (1 year)
Criteria Based on both academic merit and financial need
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

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: 2024-2025

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