Master of Arts in Museum Studies - HKU SPACE: Arts Management, Western Art courses
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Master of Arts 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
03 Oct 2022 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
2 intakes per year (Apr/Oct)
24 months
Course Fee
£17,450 (subject to review)
How to Apply
Deadline on 31 Aug 2022 (Wed)
2910 7645

This 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 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 Master's 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 HKU SPACE you will have the opportunity to attend an annual week of face to face teaching by Leicester professional staff.

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.

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 MA/MSc in Museum Studies have to complete four core modules and any four of the elective modules.

Plus your Research project 

Download module description here.

If your Research project concerns a science collection or museum, or if the nature of your investigation is 'scientific', you can receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree instead of a Master of Arts (MA) degree.

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 2050-PE019A -

  • 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; 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; OR
    d) Leicester English Test (LET) passed.

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. You may also be required to attend an interview.

Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • £17,450 (subject to review)

Application Form Application Form (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 (Museum Studies)
Room 602B, 6/F, United Centre, 
95 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong.

  1. Application Form; (Online Application is also acceptable)
  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.