Museum Studies PhD

Apply for a PhD in Museum Studies
How to Apply
1.

Make sure we offer PhD supervision in the area in which you want to work - search our staff research interests

2.

Download and save the research proposal form. Complete all sections of the form telling us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing. When you are ready to apply for your place you will need to upload the form to the Research Proposal section of your online application form.

3.

Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements:

  • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
  • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
  • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation

You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

4. Submit your online application

The School of Museum Studies is a world-leading hub for research, teaching, thinking, debate and practice. Founded in 1966 it has played an influential role in the reinvention of museological and heritage theory and practice.

Our Research Degrees

The School of Museum Studies offers supervision for the degree of:

This degree is offered via two routes a standard PhD and a practice-centred PhD.

Supervision and Research Areas

We offer PhD and MPhil supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

  • Educational and Communicative Character of Museums
  • History of Museums, Objects, and Collections
  • Museum Spaces and Technologies
  • Scientific Analyses of Objects and Collections
  • Cultural Policy and Politics
  • Cultural Analyses of Museums, Objects, and Collections

Find a supervisor in your research area

Entry Requirements and Fees

Applicants must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelors) degree with at least first class or upper second class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.

See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements

Tuition fees vary according to the applicant's fee status (UK, EU, or international) and the mode of study (full-time or distance learning).

See current course fees

Studentships and Funding

Funded PhD studentships and other funding opportunities are advertised as they become available.

See current studentships and funding

PhD Description

PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3.0-3.5 years (full-time) or 6.0-6.5 years (part-time/distance learning).

A fourth year (full-time) or seventh year (part-time/distance learning) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

PhDs Explained - Description and Requirements

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