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Arts, Design & Culture Arts Management

Distance Learning | University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies

Awarded by
University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Course Code
Application Code
Study mode
Start Date
07 Oct 2024 (Mon)
Next intake(s)
2 intakes per year (Apr/Oct)
18 months
Course Fee
£16,380 (subject to review)
Deadline on 02 Sep 2024 (Mon)
2910 7604 / 2910 7607
2151 0720
How to Apply


This distance learning degree is for you if you are based in, or near, Hong Kong and you want to gain the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career in the museum and galleries profession.

This course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the major theoretical, methodological and professional themes at the forefront of contemporary museum studies. It will equip you with the practical and theoretical experience needed to become a creative and effective museum and gallery professional or to further advance your career in the sector.

The course is designed to be flexible, so you can choose when to study. It offers carefully designed teaching material and reading which offer flexibility and allow you to fit your study around other commitments. These materials are delivered through online resources in the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This includes recorded lectures, international case studies of museum practice, guided readings, group discussions and self-led activities to support your learning.

Course description

The Hong Kong course follows the same curriculum as the University of Leicester’s normal distance learning Museum Studies course, but you will benefit from a local Hong Kong based tutor and a Study Week designed especially for Hong Kong students each year led by academics from the School of Museum Studies.

Over the course you will explore areas such as:

  • The social role of museums and art galleries
  • Activist practice in museums and galleries
  • Collections care and management
  • Exhibitions strategies
  • Museum design
  • Museum ethics and interpretation 

How do assessments work?

You will have one assignment per module (2,500 word essay or equivalent). We aim for a range of assignment types, including essays, project work, reports, exhibition proposals and consultancy briefs, to ensure you get a range of skills required for museum careers.

Programme Details

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma, you will take four core modules, followed by four option modules, giving you the opportunity to delve into your particular interests and to develop your expertise in the field of your choice. 

The module runs consecutively, over 8 weeks, with 6 weeks of taught materials and 2 weeks to prepare and submit your assignment. There is a short break between modules.

There is one live seminar in each of the core modules, and these are recorded if you can’t attend.

Core modules

Option modules

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.

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.


Application Code 2250-PE017A -

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 recognise any qualification to which this course may lead.

Teacher Information

Lecturers from the University of Leicester


Application Fee

HK$200 (Non-refundable)

Course Fee
  • £16,380 (subject to review)

Entry Requirements

  • Either 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

You should be able to demonstrate a commitment to, or strong interest in, museums, galleries, or other kinds of heritage or cultural organisation.

If you do not have a degree, you 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. You may also be required to attend an interview.

English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language ability. You can demonstrate your English language ability in any one of these ways:

  • Minimum score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Level, valid for 2 years; OR
  • Level 4 or above in HKDSE English; OR
  • Grade C or above in HKAL Use of English; OR
  • Other equivalent English Language qualifications deemed acceptable by the University

If you do not meet the requirements in one of the ways listed above, you could take the online Leicester English Test (LET) which costs £40. You will be provided with details about the LET if you receive a conditional offer of a place on your chosen course.


Application Form Application form for University of Leicester

Enrolment Method

Please bring your application form with both the original supporting documents1 and photocopies of the qualifications stated in the application to one of our enrolment counters for verification.

  1. Application form;
  2. Certificates and complete transcripts of undergraduate and postgraduate studies (if applicable);
  3. A written personal statement (1,000 words maximum);2
  4. Latest CV;
  5. Two reference letters;3
  6. Hong Kong identity card;
  7. Proof of English proficiency evidence (IELTS 6.5 or equivalent);
  8. A recent colour photo;4
  9. A crossed cheque for application fee of HK$200 made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’)

Alternatively, you can send your application by post to:

HKU SPACE PG Admission Team (Culture, Arts and Design)
19/F, Island East Campus, 
494 King's Road, North Point, Hong Kong

Please do not send any original graduation certificates to HKU SPACE in any circumstances. Short-listed applicants invited for document verification will be notified by email.

If your supporting documents are not in English, we require officially translated versions as well as copies in the original language. 

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.

Digital photos must be at least 600 pixels wide and 750 pixels tall; at least 50KB and no more than 10MB. Printed photos must measure 45mm high by 35mm wide. 

Payment Method
1. Cash, EPS, WeChat Pay Or Alipay

Course fees can be paid by cash, EPS, WeChat Pay or Alipay 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 specify the programme title(s) for application and the applicant’s name.. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course or application fees in the form of a cheque, and any required supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres;
  • or mail the above documents to any of the HKU SPACE Enrolment Centres, specifying  “Course Application” on the envelope.  HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.
3. VISA/Mastercard

Applicants may also pay the course fee by VISA or Mastercard, including the “HKU SPACE Mastercard”, at any HKU SPACE enrolment centres. Holders of the HKU SPACE Mastercard can enjoy a 10-month interest-free instalment period for courses with a tuition fee worth a minimum of HK$2,000; however, the course applicant must also be the cardholder himself/herself. For enquiries, please contact our staff at any enrolment centres.

4. Online Payment

Online application / enrolment is offered for most open admission courses (course enrolled on first come, first served basis) and selected award-bearing programmes. Application fees and course fees of these programmes/courses can be settled by using "PPS by Internet" (not available via mobile phones), VISA or Mastercard. In addition to the aforesaid online payment channels, continuing students of award-bearing programmes, if their programmes offer online service, may also pay their course fees by Online WeChat Pay, Online Alipay and Faster Payment System (FPS). Please refer to Enrolment Methods - Online Enrolment  for details.


  • If the programme/course is starting within five working days, application by post is not recommended to avoid any delays. Applicants are advised to enrol in person at HKU SPACE Enrolement Centres and avoid making cheque payment under this circustance.
  • 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, WeChat Pay, Alipay, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder's credit card account.
  • 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 team for details.
  • Fees and places on courses cannot be transferrable from one applicant to another. 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.
  • Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be repsonsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  • For payment certification, 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.