Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours undergraduate degree. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.

Museum work or voluntary experience is welcome, as are transferable skills gained in other roles

Months of entry


Course content

The MLitt in Museum and Heritage Studies prepares students for employment in museums with broad training in all types of museums, galleries and other heritage facilities.

The MLitt in Museum and Heritage Studies is a taught postgraduate programme run by the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Studies, in association with the School of Art History and the Museums of the University of St Andrews. The MLitt is aimed at students wanting to start a career in museum or gallery work, or for those looking for a mid-career change.


  • The programme provides a grounding in both theoretical and practical elements of museum studies while offering the opportunity for specialism.
  • The degree provides broad training, covering all types of museums, galleries and heritage facilities, and includes the principles of conservation, museum education, exhibition planning and design, and management.
  • Teaching normally takes place in the University, while select structured visits to museums, art galleries, historic houses, ships and other heritage sites inform the programme learning experience.
  • Students may apply to undertake practical project work from a portfolio of options with a wide variety of host organisations. This includes the Museums of the University of St Andrews, who steward and share more than 115,000 objects across a wide range of subject areas, from art to zoology, and deliver exhibitions, programmes and digital engagement. Practical project work is indicative, the number of projects available to students for application will vary from year to year.
  • Students may also apply to take part in a summer exchange programme at our partner institution, the École du Louvre.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

The University of St Andrews is committed to attracting the very best students, regardless of financial circumstances. Find out more about the scholarships and postgraduate loans available.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MLitt
    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

The Graduate School for Interdisciplinary Studies
+44 (0)1334 46 2032