Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies - HKU SPACE: Arts Management, Western Art courses
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Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies

Distance Learning | University of Leicester, UK
Awarded by
University of Leicester, UK
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
02 Oct 2019 (Wed)
18 months
Course Fee
How to Apply
Deadline on 23 Aug 2019 (Fri)
3762 0055
2151 0720

The programme provides a structured study for those who want to develop a career in the museum and related sectors based on leading museum studies research and practice.


What is the programme about?

The programme aims to:

  • Provide a programme of study for those who want to develop a career in the museum and related sectors based on leading museum studies research and practice;
  • Provide an inclusive, supportive, and yet challenging, learning environment with access to a range of academic support systems;
  • Engage students in the critical development of museum studies as an academic discipline;
  • Foster within students a motivation and aptitude for intellectual enquiry, critical assessment, creative innovation and a commitment to lifelong learning;
  • Prepare students for further academic research in museum studies and related fields including history, natural sciences, education and communication;
  • Equip students with the professional knowledge, skills and values appropriate for the needs of a rapidly changing museums sector;
  • Produce employable graduates for the museum and heritage sector including museums, galleries, archives, libraries and living collections around the world; and
  • Provide opportunities to develop a variety of personal transferable skills relevant to the needs of a range of employers, and develop students’ abilities to identify, reflect upon and communicate these to a range of employers and professional colleagues within museums, galleries, heritage and wider sectors.

Programme Highlights

  • The distance learning programme offers the same subject coverage that leads to the same qualification as the campus-based programme.
  • You will also be guided through by individuals who are working within the museum and gallery sector in Hong Kong and in the UK, helping you to strengthen your links with the profession internationally.
  • By registering on the programme with HKU SPACE you will have the opportunity to attend an annual study week taught by the University of Leicester teaching staff.


Module Title

Core / Elective

The Museum and Change

Core module

Designing for Creative Lives

Core module

Objects and Collections: Care, Management, Curation

Core module

Engaging Audiences

Core module

Lifelong Learning

Elective module

Museums and the Natural Environment

Elective module


Elective module


Elective module

Museums and Contemporary Issues

Elective module


Elective module

Students taking PgDip in Museum Studies have to complete four core modules and any four of the elective modules.

Application Code 1750-PE017A -

  • 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 should have:


  1.     a first or second class honours degree from a recognized university;


a)  an overall score of 6.5 in IELTS or a score of 90 for the TOEFL IBT test, taken within the last two years; or

b)  HKALE Use of English at Grade C or above; or

c)  HKDSE Examination English Language at Level 4 or above.


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.   They may also be required to attend an interview.

Application Fee


Course Fee
  • £14,850

Application Form Application form for University of Leicester

Enrolment Method

Please submit your application with the following documents through one of our enrolment counters in person or sent by post to : HKU SPACE, 19/F, Island East Campus, 494 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong.


1)     Hard copy of the completed application forms;

2)     Copies of academic certificates and transcripts;

3)     A written personal statement (1,000 words maximum);

4)     CV;

5)     Two reference letters;

6)     Copy of ID card;

7)     Copies of English proficiency evidence (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent);

8)     A crossed cheque of HKD200 as application fee (payable to ‘HKU SPACE’);

9)     A recent colour photo.