A World-leading Research Community

Established in 1966, the School of Museum Studies is the only autonomous department in the UK dedicated to the study of museums and galleries. It is the oldest and largest academic unit of its kind in the world. Through its research and teaching, and the careers of its students, the School seeks to have global influence both on its academic field and the institution at its heart. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008), the Department of Museum Studies, as it was then called, was the highest scoring unit of any discipline or institution in the UK.

For almost 50 years, the School of Museum Studies at Leicester has played an influential role in the reinvention of museum theory and practice. The School has been the locus of creative and critical researchers and practitioners who have transformed the academic field and professional practice. By producing original, rigorous and internationally influential research, and by working collaboratively on a range of pioneering initiatives, the School has made a significant and sustained contribution both to the specific field of museum studies and to the international cultural sector more widely

Further details about School research can be found under Research Themes, Research Projects, Recent Books and Reports, and Conferences.

The School is also the home of the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) established in 1999 to develop research that would directly impact museum practice and museum audiences.

Details of individual staff research and interests can be found on the People pages.

As well as our staff research, we have a PhD research community currently numbering around 70 students.

Visiting Scholars- The School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester is happy to welcome visiting scholars. We have hosted many students, academics and professionals here for visits of up to six months. Students are assigned an academic mentor who meets with them on a monthly basis and are welcomed into our thriving research community with opportunities to participate in seminars and meet with staff across the School. In addition, visiting students are allocated a university computer account and given access to the University library with its unrivalled collection of museum studies and related books. The cost for these visits is £500.00 per calendar month. Please direct your enquiries to the School Manager Barbara Lloyd at bl5@le.ac.uk.

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In the spotlight

Scholarships are now available for students wishing to commence their studies with us by distance learning in October 2014 and April 2015.

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Some of our students are currently on placement in museums and galleries up and down the country.
You can see what they are getting up to on our Storify page.

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Reconnecting with Museum Studies at Leicester

Graduates, academics, current students and distance learning students were invited back to Museum Studies this month to reconnect with the Department and each other as part of an annual networking event.....

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Mat Fraser wins Observer Ethical Award for Arts and Culture 2014The School of Museum Studies is delighted that Mat Fraser and Cabinet of Curiosities have won the Observer Ethical Awards for Arts and Culture 2014 The show, which grew out of the Stories of a Different Kind project, will next be performed at the MA Conference (10th October). For more details click here

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