Study for an MA in Museum Studies at Arts University Plymouth

Study for an MA in Museum Studies at Arts University Plymouth

1 May 2024

Do you have a passion for art, history, anthropology or any field related to cultural preservation? If so, pursuing a Master's Degree in Museum Studies could be exactly what you're looking for.

In a rapidly evolving world where technology often dominates the creative industries, the importance of preserving and understanding our cultural heritage has never been more important.

We are proud to support a new MA in Museum Studies at Arts University Plymouth. This postgraduate course offers a unique opportunity to reimagine the role of the museum within contemporary socio-political debates, working with our staff and collections as well as a range of regional and national museums and collections including Tate St Ives, Tate Britain Archives and RAMM Exeter.

Here are some of the top reasons for studying for a Masters in Museum Studies:

Expertise and specialisation

A Master's Degree in Museum Studies equips you with a comprehensive understanding of museum operations, management and preservation techniques. It offers specialised skills that delve into areas such as collections management, exhibition design, conservation and museum administration, all of which will enable you to tackle the challenges faced by museums in the 21st century, including digital preservation, community engagement and cultural sensitivity.

Hands-on experience

The Museum Studies Masters programme emphasises practical experience, providing students with hands-on opportunities to work directly with museum professionals and gain real-world insights. Through research projects and collaborations, you'll develop essential skills in curatorial practices, exhibit design, artefact conservation and museum marketing.

Preservation and cultural heritage

Museum Studies emphasises the significance of preserving and conserving cultural heritage. The course cultivates an appreciation for the value of art, historical objects and cultural traditions, while also addressing issues related to repatriation, ethics and cultural sensitivity. You'll become an advocate for cultural preservation, ensuring future generations can access and learn from our shared history.

Two men looking at an art exhibition in a gallery

Multidisciplinary approach

Museum Studies programmes often adopt a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating elements from art history, anthropology, archaeology, education, marketing and technology. The interdisciplinary nature of the field, encouraged by Arts University Plymouth’s interdisciplinary creative community, allows for a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering creativity and innovation in museum practices. By studying this course, you engage with different disciplines, broaden your horizons, and develop a holistic understanding of the complexities involved in the field.

Career opportunities

A Master's Degree in Museum Studies can open doors to a wide array of career opportunities in the museum and heritage sector. Museums, art galleries, historical sites, cultural organisations and government institutions seek professionals with advanced knowledge and skills in managing and curating collections, planning exhibitions, conducting research and implementing educational programmes. By studying with Arts University Plymouth, you'll enhance your employability and gain a competitive edge in a field that combines your passion with professional growth.

Alumni progression award

Did you know that Arts University Plymouth graduates are offered a discount of 15% on Masters programme fees? The Alumni Progression Award is available to all alumni, regardless of when they previously studied with there. The discount applies if you studied on a pre-degree, foundation or undergraduate programme. Email for more information.

For further information or to talk to Arts University Plymouth's team of postgraduate academics about the course, please get in touch.

You can also find out more about postgraduate study at an Open Day.

The deadline to apply for the MA in Museum Studes is 15 July 2024.