Taught course

Museum and Gallery Studies

Kingston University · Art and Design History

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good BA(Hons) degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area, which may include: a humanities subject, such as art history design history, English literature, film and media studies, cultural studies, philosophy; a social sciences subject, such as geography, archaeology, anthropology, sociology, history or education; a practice-based degree in an area such as fine art, design or architecture; or a business or management related course. We also welcome students with relevant professional practice experience should they not hold a higher education qualification. For those students without professional experience in museums and galleries, voluntary museum work is not a requirement for acceptance on the course.

Months of entry


Course content

This course is ideal if you are interested in pursuing imaginative, interdisciplinary, international museum study. It will advance your knowledge of contemporary developments in this vibrant and sophisticated area of culture, art and heritage industries, and provide you with transferable skills essential for the sector. Our underlying philosophy is to offer you a broad and engaging vision of, and approach to, contemporary museum, gallery and heritage practice, evaluation and innovating ideas around the institution and industry.

Key features

  • This course provides an interdisciplinary study of museums and galleries. It offers a range of approaches to teaching and assessment based on the concept of creative research, including creative project work and practice-based research opportunities.
  • The major project allows you to develop your own interests and gain valuable research and practice-based skills.
  • Possible European destinations for field visits include Paris, Berlin, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna, Barcelona and Amsterdam.

What will you study

The course examines contemporary issues and practices, including collection, interpretation, exhibition, space, place and the city, audiences and communities, institutional purpose, scenario planning and sustainable futures. You will study taught modules covering critical analysis and creative practice, and conduct research around the broad themes and subjects addressed by each module. Modules have been developed in collaboration with, and are taught with museums such as the Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, V&A, and Kingston Museum and Heritage Service.

Work placement scheme

Many postgraduate courses at Kingston University allow students to do a 12-month work placement as part of their course. The responsibility for finding the placement is with the student; we cannot guarantee the placement, just the opportunity to undertake it. As the work placement is an assessed part of the course, the work placement is covered by a student's tier 4 visa.

Information for international students

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider. http://www.kingston.ac.uk/international/studying-at-kingston/language-requirements/

Fees and funding


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

08448 544973/+44 (0)20 3308 9930