University of Leicester

School of Museum Studies

Learning and Visitor Studies in Museums and Galleries



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA / MSc / Postgraduate Diploma

Format: Online

Program Description:

This pioneering and innovative distance learning course aims to provide you with the necessary high-quality skills and knowledge to engage critically and creatively with the theory and practice of museum learning and visitor studies. The course has been developed in partnership with the Research Centre for Museums and Galleries (RCMG) in the School of Museum Studies. The course draws on the research and expertise of all the staff at the School of Museum Studies, as well as the cutting-edge research of RCMG. The course enables you to develop and build skills that are essential in a fast-changing sector. In particular, it will help you develop advocacy and leadership skills in this area of work, helping you to argue for the value of learning from culture. By the time you complete this course, you should be able to recognise and use inclusive professional practices, discuss the historical, philosophical, policy-related and professional issues that contextualise learning in museums, and explain a number of theories of relevance to learning from culture. Additionally, the course aims to develop your knowledge and expertise in managing the production of a range of resources to encourage learning, and gain a critical understanding of a variety of methods for evaluation and research. You will also be able to discuss museum visitor patterns and relate these to community-based activities and partnerships. The course puts you at the centre of the learning experience. It offers multiple opportunities to reflect on your personal and professional development, and uses this as the basis for developing others. A Master of Science (MSc) can be awarded in preference to a Master of Arts (MA) where the dissertation concerns a science collection or museum, or where the nature of the investigation can be termed ‘scientific’.


University of Leicester

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

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