This is a uniquely innovative and multidisciplinary programme that equips the next generation of museum and heritage professionals with the ability to engage with the various contexts (cultural, economic, political) that they will encounter and which are needed for the 21st Century. The programme includes placements, language learning and a minimum of three mobility periods in Europe.
Why this programme
- This unique programme will provide students with exposure to cutting edge teaching, research and practice across Europe and across the globe. It will engage with and contribute to current debates about the aesthetics and critical themes of contemporary Museum, Heritage and Education Studies practices and the multiple types of skills needed to engage with and understand them.
- Multiple mobility periods allow for a truly international learning experience providing students with the opportunity to experience diverse educational systems and training in European regions.
- Consortium partners include the University of Glasgow, the University of Tartu, Radboud University and the University of Malta.
- Innovative summer school offerings will be held annually and provided by our key associate partners, the Smithsonian Institute in the US, the European Museum Academy (at various museums around Europe) and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.
- Guest lectures and seminars are offered by scholars and policy practitioners who are leading experts in their field.
- Students will have access to a variety of second language training.
- Students will have access to placements.
The programme is taught over 24 months and includes at least three mobility periods and has been designed so that students can benefit from the specific expertise of each of the partners.
In semester 1 students gain an overview of Museum Education in Glasgow. In semester 2 at the University of Tartu which include placement options.
Between semesters 2 and 3, students will have the option to attend a summer school with the European Museum Academy, the Smithsonian and/or Universidad Iberoamericana. The courses that are studied during the summer school are non-credit bearing but students will be able to undertake internships as part of the summer mobility period.
In semester 3 students have the choice of two thematic Study Tracks between the University of Malta or Radboud University in the Netherlands. There are also placement options at Malta and field trips at Radboud.
The fourth and final semester destination, when the dissertation is being written, will be chosen by the student depending on where they wish to be based for research/ supervision purposes.
Teaching will be via lectures and small group seminars utilising a wealth of theoretical and methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Assignments and coursework include individual and group presentations, structured debates, simulation exercises and role play, reflective logs, fieldwork and study trips. Language courses in all major European languages are available with each mobility partner over the two years of the programme.
Year 1: Semester 1 (60 SCQF)
University of Glasgow – Museum Education
- Access and inclusion
- MHES critical enquiry
- Museums, education and curriculum development
- The museum as a source for learning
Year 1: Semester 2 (60 SCQF)
University of Tartu - Intangible Cultural Heritage
- Heritage and cultural policies
- Methods of data collection and analysis (archives, social memory)
- Vernacular expressions and analytic categories
Summer Mobility at the European Museum Academy or Smithsonian Institution,
with the option to extend to Universidad Iberoamericana.
Year 2: Semester 3 (60 SCQF)
University of Malta - Museum and Heritage Education
- Contested Heritage: Conflict, mediation, culture and community
- Education and community museums
- Museum education and cultural policies
- Representation, access and difference
Year 2: Semester 3 (60 SCQF)
Radboud University - Arts and Culture
- Art history
- Creative industries
- Tourism and culture
Year 2: Semester 4 (60 SCQF)
- Research dissertation
Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.
Graduates will be equipped with the academic knowledge, research skills, and practical employability skills through this jointly developed and delivered programme. Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles within the cultural heritage sector; these include museums and galleries as well as historic houses, heritage sites and consultancy. Roles range from front of house, education and outreach to collections management, curation, marketing and management.
Fees & funding
Tuition fees for 2021-22
Fees for the 2 year programme:
- Full-time: £6833 per annum
- Full-time: £13833 per annum
The fees charged to EU students reflect the fee and funding regimes of the EU partners in the MHES consortium. This means that, for this programme, fees paid by EU students are the same as those paid by UK students.
The fees listed here cover tuition only. The University of Glasgow can only collect fees in Pound Sterling at the published GBP values. As the programme contains various mobility periods, students will need to cover their own airfares between each chosen partner.
- Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
- Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
- Registration/exam only fee: £170
Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only
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The University of Glasgow offer discounts to all successful Fundacion para el Futuro de Colombia (Colfuturo) scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
In response to the current unprecedented economic climate, the University is offering a 20% discount on all Postgraduate Research and full Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni, commencing study in Academic session 2020/21. This includes University of Glasgow graduates and those who have completed a Study Abroad programme or the Erasmus Programme at the University of Glasgow. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. This discount can be awarded alongside other University scholarships.
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The University of Glasgow offers a 25% discount to all successful CONICyT scholars who enrol at the University of Glasgow to complete a postgraduate programme.
The scholarships above are specific to this programme. For more funding opportunities search the scholarships database
2.1 Honours undergraduate degree or the equivalent (eg a Grade Point Average of 75%) in relevant arts, humanities or social science subject.
English language requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
- overall score 6.5
- no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
What do I do if...
my language qualifications are below the requirements?
The University's English for Academic Study Unit offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.
my language qualifications are not listed here?
Please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form
We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.
How to apply
To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.
Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.
As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:
- A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
- A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
- Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
- One reference letter on headed paper
- Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
- Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
- A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)
You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.
You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.
For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions
Guidance notes for using the online application
These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form.
If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.
- Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
- Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
- Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
- Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
- English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
- Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.
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