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Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies

Distance Learning | University of Leicester, UK
Awarded by
University of Leicester, UK
Course Code
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Start Date
04 Oct 2017 (Wed)
18 months
Course Fee
£16,485 per programme

This programme aims to provide a distinct and high quality course for graduates who want to develop a career in the museum and galleries sector,based on leading museum studies research and practice.

What is the course about?

  • Based on leading museum studies research and practice;
  • Designed by experts in the field, who have been involved in expanding the academic discipline of museum studies over many years;
  • Covers the major theoretical, methodological and professional themes at the forefront of contemporary museum studies.
  • Distance learning mode of delivery enables you to creatively and thoughtfully apply the knowledge gained from the course within specific professional contexts.
  • Explore the contested purposes of museums in society, as well as the nature of the objects, collections, and communities that have underpinned their development, and shape their ethical challenges as well as their future possibilities.
  • Consider the way museums communicate, the way they are staffed and marketed, the way exhibitions and learning programmes are developed and designed, the way visitors experience and shape museums, etc.
  • Develop critical skills in preventive conservation and the care of collections.

Who is the course for?

  • Will give you the entry qualification for a career in museums and galleries.
  • Will provide you with the opportunity to develop new knowledge and skills and advance your career.
  • The Masters programme will also give you the underpinning knowledge to register for a higher degree in museum studies.
  • The distance learning course offers the same subject coverage and leads to the same qualification as the campus-based course.
  • You will also be guided through the course by individuals who are working within the museum and gallery sector in Hong Kong and in the UK, helping you strengthen your links with the profession internationally.
  • By registering on the programme with the University of Hong Kong you will have the opportunity to attend an annual week of face to face teaching at the University of  Hong Kong.

How will I be assessed?

Each 16 week module demands between 1 and 2 assignments and deadlines are spread out to allow time to focus on completing these.  Some modules will ask you to complete long and short essays, while others will involve project work, reports, reviews, briefs, evaluations, and project or programme design. As many of our distance learners are already working in the sector, you are not expected to complete a work placement as part of your course. However, as a student with us, you will be able to tap into the huge range of professional contacts we have developed over many years, and if you feel you need to, you can explore with us the possibilities for filling any gaps in your experience.

The programme is offered in part-time, distant learning mode with face to face elements. Leicester teachers will come to HK around January / February each year.

Module Code

Module Title




Locating Museums: Communities and Contexts




Managing Resources in the Museum




Engaging Visitors and Audiences




Planning Project and Designing Interpretive Exhibition



Summer School

Each year in July the School of Museum Studies hosts a Summer School for all of its distance learning students (from all 4 of our distance learning programmes). The Summer School lasts for one week and takes place at the School of Museum Studies in Leicester. The week comprises lectures, seminars, groups work, study visits as well as study skills workshops. It offers an excellent opportunity for students to meet staff here at the School, get to know the University and use its facilities and, of course, network with one another too. The School also organises a social programme for all attendees. Attending Summer School is free-of-charge, but students are responsible for their own travel, accommodation and food costs for the week.

Distance learning online chats with The University of Leicester:

Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance

This is an exempted course under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance. It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead.

  • Lecturers from the University of Leicester

Candidates shall have:

  1. i) A first or second class honours degree from a recognized university; or
    ii) Demonstrate an engagement with or commitment to museums, galleries or heritage organisations.
    iii) Candidates without a degree must provide evidence of relevant experience in the museum, gallery or heritage sector or appropriate transferable skills.


  2. i) English proficiency:  overall score of 6.5 in IELTS or a score of 90 for the TOEFL IBT test, undertaken within the last two years; or
     ii) HKAL (C grade or above) and HKDSE (level 4 or above) are also acceptable evidence of English.

In recognition of the diverse employment needs of the culture sector, the admissions committee recognises and credits a range of prior qualifications and experiences.

Prospective candidates will either have gained a first class or second class degree, which can be in any subject area, or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills and aptitudes through the possession of a professional or vocational qualification and/or the accrual of relevant work experiences. Relevant experience can come from a wide spectrum of work or voluntary environments but clear evidence of this experience must be provided.

All candidates should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation.

Candidates without a degree will be asked complete an assessment, such as an essay, so as to demonstrate your readiness for postgraduate study. Clear guidance will be provided on assessment criteria. Candidates may also be required to attend an interview.

Application Fee

HK$200 payable to HKU SPACE

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : £16,485 per programme

Application Form application via the University of Leicester online system

Enrolment Method

We provide online application and payment service for students to make enrolment via the Internet. Enrolment will be confirmed once students have made the payment online by using either PPS or credit card.

For first-come, first-served courses:
  1. Complete the online application form
    Click the "Apply Now" button on the top right hand corner of the course webpage to make online application. Follow the instructions to fill-in the online application form.
  2. Make Online Payment
    Pay the course fees by either using

    PPS via Internet - You will need a PPS account and a PPS Internet password. For information on how to open a PPS account and how to set up a PPS Internet password, please visit

    Credit Card Online Payment - Course fees can be paid by VISA or MasterCard via a secure online payment gateway for all first-come, first-served courses.

For award-bearing programmes:

Selected award-bearing programmes also provide online enrolment and payment service for its students.

If your programme accepts online enrolment and payment, a re-enrolment icon will be shown on the course webpage. Click the icon and follow the instructions to perform online enrolment and payment. You will receive relevant information from the programme team nearer the time of enrolment.

You may click here directly to access the online enrolment and payment service.

Please note the followings:

  1. Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrolment will be confirmed once you have made the payment online. You will receive a payment confirmation after payment has been made successfully. You are advised to keep your payment confirmation for future enquiries.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except as statutorily provided or under very exceptional circumstances.
  3. To make an application online, you will need a computer with connection to the Internet and a web browser with JavaScript enabled. Internet Explorer 5.01 or above is recommended as the web browser.


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Payment Method

Upon successful admission, students can make payment via the University of Leicester online system, or, send bank draft, payable to "the University of Leicester" via HKU SPACE, 11/F, Island East Campus, 494  King's Road, North Point, H.K. (Attn: Ms Emily Chin)