Museum Studies at Leicester

The University of Leicester's School of Museum Studies has the highest proportion of world-leading rated research in any subject in any UK university (RAE 2008). In its 40 year history, the School of Museum Studies – the only school in the country solely devoted to the study of museums and galleries – has played an influential role in the reinvention of museum theory and practice.

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

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  • 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.

Postgraduate Study


Research Centre for Museums and Galleries

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School of Museum Studies awarded the Equality Challenge Unit Gender Charter Mark.

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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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MUSEUM 2015: The Agile Museum: Building Institutions for Continual Change
13-16 January 2015
Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan
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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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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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