Taught course

Museum and Gallery Studies

University of St Andrews · School of Art History

Entry requirements

A good first degree (UK 2.1 or equivalent) and preferably some museum work experience.

Months of entry


Course content

The one-year full-time Graduate Diploma/MLitt course starts in September each year.

It is aimed at students wanting to start a career in museum or gallery work, and at those looking for a mid-career change. Although the course is based in the School of Art History, applicants can have a degree in any subject. An essential and rewarding aspect of this programme is the opportunity for students to work together to create an exhibition at the University's Gateway Gallery or the St Andrews Museum.

A part-time version of the Graduate Diploma/MLitt course is run every two years.

This course is aimed at museum and gallery employees (or committed volunteers) who wish to study while continuing with their work. If you are working in a museum or gallery, either paid or as a volunteer, you can use your practical experience towards the coursework and write up your professional activities for assessment to gain a Graduate Diploma in Museum and Gallery Studies.

Work is spread over two years and much of the coursework is done in the students' own workplaces, but participants come to St Andrews for four one-week residential schools. These are held in January and June.

The part-time Graduate Diploma/MLitt course is a version of our successful and long-established full-time course and offers an overview of the purposes and activities of museums and galleries. It is open to applicants with a degree in any subject and to students without a degree but with considerable professional experience in a museum or gallery. Applicants are welcomed from Scotland, the rest of the UK and the EU.

Information for international students

A minimum of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
21 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment100
Dissertation (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0) 1334 462414