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Master of Science in Museum Studies

Distance Learning | University of Leicester, UK
Awarded by
University of Leicester, UK
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
11 Apr 2018 (Wed)
24 months
Course Fee
£19,580 per programme
How to Apply
Deadline on 01 Mar 2018 (Thu)
3762 0055
2214 1847

These 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 and the way vistors experience and shape musems.
  • 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 the programme withe 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 it you feel you need to, you can explore with us the possiblities 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 Projects and Designing Interpretive Exhibitions




Dissertation on science in museums, science museums and collections or utilize a scientific methodology for the investigation of museum.



 *Dissertation (of 15,000 words for MA/MSc students)

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 facilites and, of course, network with one another too.  The School also orgianises a social programme for all attendees.  Attending Summer School is free-of-charge, but students are responsible for their own travel, accomodation and food costs for the week.

Distance learning online chats with The University of Leicester:

  • Lecturers from 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.

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.

  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.

Candidates without a degree must provide evidence of relevant experience in the museum, gallery or heritage sector or appropriate transferable skills.

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' (non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • Course Fee : £19,580 per programme
  • per programme

Application Form Application form for the University of Leicester online system

Enrolment Method

Please submit your application with all the following documents through one of our enrolment counters in person or send by post to the following address:

11/F, Island East Campus
494 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong
(Attn: Mr Rayven Chan)

  1. hard copy of the completed application form (download by clicking ‘application form for the University of Leicester online system’)
  2. copies of academic certificates and transcripts stated in the application form;
  3. a written personal statement (1,000 words maximum; explain your interest in museum studies, applicants may describe any relevant research experience, for example, as part of a previous degree (if any); applicants may write on a separate sheet if space is not enough on page 7 of the application form);
  4. CV;
  5. 2 reference letters from 2 different referees (either professional or academic);
  6. copy of ID card;
  7. copies of English proficiency evidence (overall score of 6.5 in IELTS or a score of 90 for the TOEFL IBT test, undertaken within the last two years; or HKAL (C grade or above) and HKDSE (level 4 or above) are also acceptable evidence of English.);
  8. a crossed cheque of HK$200 as application fee (payable to ‘HKU SPACE’); and
  9. a recent colour photo (in plain background) for producing the HKU SPACE Lifelong Learner Card (for applicants not holding a HKU SPACE Lifelong Learner Card)


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, Hong Kong (Attn: Mr Rayven Chan).

For students who are studying for the Master of Science in Museum Studies, payments can be made:

  • in full, prior to initial registration; or
  • in two equal installments, the first being due prior to initial registration and the second due on the anniversary of the initial registration; or
  • in six equal installments, three in the first year and three in the second year.