Museum Studies at Leicester

Over the past 50 years the University of Leicester has acquired a global reputation for its leading-edge thinking and experimental practice both in the field of museum studies and amongst cultural institutions of all types. Today, the School of Museum Studies is a place where researchers, practitioners and postgraduate students from around the world come together to think creatively and critically about museums, galleries and heritage; to explore and investigate, to experiment and create, to question and debate.

By working collaboratively with partners within and beyond the cultural sector, blending expertise and diverse perspectives, we aim to generate new insights that not only shape the way we look at, understand and experience cultural institutions but also influence the ways museums, galleries and heritage sites shape their priorities, values and practices.

We are enormously proud of, and committed to fostering, the School’s culture of inclusivity and collegiality, intellectual generosity, openness and good humour, which is built upon values that characterise and imbue all of our work.

The School has made a significant and sustained contribution to the international cultural sector and the field of museum studies through:

  • Training creative and critical professionals who have transformed organisations and professional practice throughout the world - see Postgraduate Study for more.
  • Producing original, rigorous and internationally influential research - see Research for more.
  • Working collaboratively on a range of pioneering initiatives - see Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) for more.
  • And continuing to change to reflect the needs of museums, heritage and the art museums and gallery sector.
  • To mark our 50th year, we introduced exciting new developments to our Masters programmes and established a new collaborative centre for research into the institutions of art, CRÍA.

The School of Museum Studies is pleased to offer a range of scholarships to celebrate the School's 50th Anniversary, including open scholarships and our new 'Diversity Scholarships' programme, which seeks to encourage further study by people from the UK with backgrounds that are underrepresented in the UK museums sector. Find out more about our 50th anniversary Scholarship scheme here.

Read more about our vision and values.

We welcome enquiries from researchers wishing to become a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellow and work with us in any area of Museum, Heritage or Art Studies. Please see our Research page for further details.

You may study with us either on campus here in Leicester or by distance learning. Check our individual programmes under Postgraduate Study or download our brochure.

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School of Museum Studies
University of Leicester
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19 University Road
Leicester LE1 7RF

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