Research course

Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies

Newcastle University · School of Arts and Cultures

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent. We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

As an MPhil or PhD student in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies you'll be based in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS). ICCHS is a leading academic centre for research and teaching at Newcastle. It is internationally renowned for its research. It secures significant support (around £3m since 2008) from a variety of funders, such as the UK Research Councils and the European Commission.

You'll join a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Our academic supervisors have significant experience and expertise in interdisciplinary research. They practice in the UK and abroad.

We place emphasis on empirical research and a grounding in professional practice. Our research alumni have been successful in securing careers in:

  • academia
  • governmental organisations
  • the cultural and creative industry sectors worldwide.

Our research students pursue a variety of topics that explore both historical and contemporary issues with local, national and international dimensions. They have also consistently achieved high submission and completion rates in their chosen programme of study. Recent student research topics in ICCHS include:

  • attitudes towards human remains
  • constructions and uses of Welsh identity in American museums
  • the social roles and regulation of art museum education in China and Taiwan
  • the management and interpretation of archaeological sites in Turkey
  • meaning making around historic photographic collections on Flickr.

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Information for international students

English Language Requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills).

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a Pre-sessional English course.

Fees and funding

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    part time
    24+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12+ months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Karen Robb, School of Arts and Cultures
+44 (0) 191 208 3509