Taught course

Museum Studies

University of East Anglia · School of Art, Media and American Studies (AMA)

Entry requirements

Open to applicants with a good Honours degree (UK BA (Hons) 2:1 or equivalent) in the subjects of History, Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, Natural Sciences or other related areas, or with practical experience working in museums. Interviews are required for students applying to this degree.

Months of entry


Course content


Art History and World Art Studies runs one of the longest-established programmes in Museum Studies in the UK – and the only one based inside an art gallery, the Norman Foster-designed Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). Understand the history and theory behind museums, plus conservation and curation, education and outreach, exhibition design and visitor services, legal frameworks, marketing and development.


Offering intensive preparation for a career, or a higher research degree in museum studies, this student-centred MA is limited to just 12 students annually. In addition to taught modules, study includes a year-long work placement, including four fully-funded internships at the SCVA. The course combines the School’s cutting-edge research and curatorial experience of academic staff with SCVA, Norfolk Museums Service, and London museums resources.


Students get more lectures, seminars, tutorials and general contact time with academic staff than students at many other leading History of Art departments in the UK. Art History and World Art Studies is based in Norman Foster’s world-famous Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, an icon of modern design, which contains an astounding art collection with major internationally-renowned works by artists such as Francis Bacon, Edgar Degas, Jacob Epstein, Henry Moore and Pablo Picasso.


Graduates have filled high profile posts in prestigious visual arts institutions such as the British Museum, V&A, Tate and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, as well as other leading History of Art departments, publishers and the commercial art world.

Information for international students

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows: - IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components) - PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Fees and funding

On an annual basis students studying a Postgraduate degree in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at UEA are eligible for a selection of scholarship and funding opportunities. This funding is part of UEA’s dedication to developing and enhancing postgraduate education in all disciplines of the Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Arts and Humanities scholarships and/or bursaries are offered to students in the following areas of study:

  • American Studies
  • Art History and World Art Studies
  • Film and Television
  • History
  • Language and Communication Studies
  • Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
  • Philosophy
  • Political, Social and International Studies

As funds are limited you are strongly advised to apply early to avoid disappointment.

Applicants should contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office at UEA for further information.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0) 1603 591515