Museum Studies at Leicester


The School of Museum Studies is a world-leading hub for research, teaching, thinking, debate and practice.

The School thrives as a result of its partnership working. Established by museum practitioners in 1966, its mission continues to focus on working with museums, galleries and related cultural organisations to develop new insights in the field and to foster creative practitioners equipped with the wide-ranging skills and knowledge necessary to make ongoing  contributions to the cultural sector internationally.

Defined by its rich interdisciplinarity, the School seeks to extend and enrich participation in museum studies research and practice through collaborations between academics, practitioners and students from wide ranging organisations and disciplines and in many different parts of the world. Through these collaborations we develop leading edge research and teaching which aims to shape the field of museum studies, inform practice in the sector and directly benefit contemporary society.

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.


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

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

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 3963
Fax: +44 (0) 116 252 3960

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REF 2014:
University of Leicester is home to the highest ranking research in Museum Studies in the UK

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

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The School of Museum Studies seeks expressions of interest from prospective research students in the 2015 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The deadline for AHRC funding applications is Thursday 14 January 2015. For more information about the Midlands 3 Cities Doctoral Training Centre and for details of eligibility, funding and research supervision areas please visit the consortium’s website or contact Dr Lisanne Gibson:

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