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

Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies

Distance Learning | University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Awarded by
University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
05 Apr 2021 (Mon)
18 months
Course Fee
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Deadline on 08 Mar 2021 (Mon)
2910 7645
2520 5481
Please note that the annual Hong Kong Study Week around January taught by the University of Leicester teaching staff will be delivered primarily online accompanying with possible face-to-face elements under the COVID-19 circumstance. Students concerned will be notified with details of arrangement in due course.

The programme targets at 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.
Download module desrciption here.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Application Code 1880-PE017A Apply Online Now
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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; AND
  2. 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 to complete an assessment, such as an essay, so as to demonstrate your readiness for postgraduate study. Clear guidance will be provided on the assessment criteria.   They may also be required to attend an interview.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • £15,520

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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 PG Admission Team (Culture, Arts and Design)
Room 602B, 6/F, United Centre, 
95 Queensway, Admiralty, 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. Reference letters*;
  6. Copy of ID card;
  7. Copies of English proficiency evidence (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent);
  8. A recent colour photo;
  9. A crossed cheque of HKD200 as application fee (payable to ‘HKU SPACE’) 
    (only for applicants who do not submit an application online).

^Your personal statement should focus on the following areas:
- Your reasons for applying for the course
- How your knowledge and experience links to the course content
- How the course relates to your longer-term plans

*If you have been in full-time or part-time education within the past five years, at least one referee should be your academic tutor; if not, you may give two employment references.

Payment Method
1. Cash or EPS

Cash or EPS are accepted at any HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres.

2. Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can also be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please write the programme title(s)  and the applicant’s name on the back of the cheque. You may either:

  • in person by submitting the payment, completed form(s), and required supporting documents to any of our enrolment centres; or
  • by mailing the above documents to any of our enrolment centres, specifying “Course Application” on the envelope. 
3. VISA/MasterCard

Course applicants, who are holders of HKU SPACE Mastercard, can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses of HK$2,000 and over. For enquiries, please contact our enrolment centres.

4. Online payment

Online payment for short courses (first come, first served) and selected award-bearing programmes is available using PPS, VISA or Mastercard. Please refer to the Online Services page on the School website.


  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or Mastercard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or online PPS will be reimbursed by a cheque; fees paid by credit card will be reimbursed to credit card account used for payment.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme teams for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses are not transferrable. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on each approved transfer.
  5. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment, receipt, or personal information sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please submit a completed form, a sufficiently stamped and self-addressed envelope, and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’ to any of our enrolment centres. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.