How to apply

Entry Requirements

Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • A first class or II(i) in a first degree, or a Masters degree. As this is an interdisciplinary programme, the School will consider any degree combination.
  • Entrants should have a good knowledge of the field of Museum Studies, however, we recognise that knowledge acquired in other fields – from palaeontology to Modern Languages – can serve as a strong foundation for PhD study of museums, galleries and heritage.
  • Entrants to the PhD in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Practice will ordinarily be working professionals. We will also consider individuals working outside of these formal relationships on the basis of their proposal or an agreed relationship with a museum or heritage organisation. We will consider individuals working in peripheral or commercial organisations associated with this sector (commercial gallery managers, trustees, environmental scientists, tourism officers and so on). We will consider non-professionals where the project has a strong practice-based element (such as a collection or heritage survey).
  • An outline proposal. We do not expect this to perfectly conceptualise the project as this will be achieved in the early stages of study. We are, however, looking for a viable project and the ability to engage deeply with a subject. In addition to describing the project and its methodology your proposal will also need to specify whether the route you intend to follow is the standard or practice-centred route to PhD. You might find the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities' FutureLearn MOOC 'Writing a Research Proposal' useful.

The entrance requirements for the PhD by distance learning are the same as for the campus-based PhD, but additionally we will need to be sure that you have access to a good university library with some museum studies texts. We will also need to be sure that you are in a position to contact your tutor on a regular basis.

How to apply

Applications can be processed at any time of the year, and entrance onto the programme can be made in September, January or April.

To apply online please use the 'Apply Online' button above right.

If you have general enquiries or questions about the course please contact:
Christine Cheesman - Admissions Secretary
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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