• Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Tuition
  • Duration
    3 Years


Nurture your social, cultural, historical and philosophical understanding of museum education. Our Museum Education MSc is ideal if you already work in museums and galleries, education, cultural heritage and other related sectors. Its also perfect for those seeking to enter this fascinating field.

The programme uses a virtual, interactive learning environment incorporating film, blogs, podcasts, forums and feeds. Engaging in a stimulating online community, you will participate in analysis, critique and discussion of current research, practices, provision and policies.

Our MSc gives you the unique opportunity to access experts, academics, peers and museum collections located across the globe, so you can compare practices, pedagogies and policies to expand your existing knowledge of museum education. 

You will gain valuable hands-on experience during a placement in a setting relevant to your interests and expertise. Our extensive network of museum experts will help you to choose the perfect place for you to put your theoretical ideas and learning into practice. 

Along with the vast and varied expertise of academic staff at the University of Glasgow, the programme also draws on the expertise of Scottish and international museum-based specialists. The School of Education has strong links with The Hunterian Museum, National Museums Scotland and Glasgow Museums to enhance the visual and experiential elements of learning in and through museums.

In addition, the programme uses links with cultural and educational institutions in North America and Europe to expand online learning opportunities on a global basis.  

This is the only distance learning programme of its kind in the UK. You will benefit from high-quality, fully supported online learning on a flexible part-time basis that will fit in with your existing work and family commitments. 


  • Evaluate how museum education relates to local and global issues of education and schooling
  • Reflect on the role of object handling and experiential learning to deepen your understanding of learning in and through the museum
  • Reflect on the past, present and future role of museums to represent social and cultural diversity
  • Investigate ways in which museums can support principles of access and inclusion to meet the needs of learners
  • Successfully communicate a critical understanding of how museums provide an effective learning space for varied contexts and purposes
  • Critically evaluate and utilise the ways in which space and artefacts can be managed to maximise learning
  • Effectively employ creative and innovative pedagogies and approaches to provide opportunities that enrich learning experiences
  • Synthesise and apply specialised knowledge and skills in relation to handling and utilising objects to enhance and develop teaching and learning in a variety of settings
  • Skilfully utilise technology in a variety of forms to access research data and practices in order to extend own knowledge, understanding and skills


Whether you already work in the field of education, museums and cultural heritage, or have an interest in museum education, this programme will equip you with the required knowledge and skills to pursue a career in museum education, as well as associated contexts.

The programme aims to extend and strengthen confidence in your knowledge and skills in terms of learning in and through the museum. 


Core teaching in years 1 and 2 is followed by a Dissertation in year 3 where you will have the opportunity to identify an area of interest and to create a research project that allows in-depth critical explanation of your selected theme.

In year 2 you are required to undertake a placement in a setting relevant to your interest and area of expertise. Your placement will provide an opportunity for you to put theory into practice and to develop links with museum education bodies. 

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

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  • EDUC5932Theory into Practice (Placement Online)20 Credits

    This is your opportunity to gain first-hand placement experience in an educational or cultural environment related to museums. You will be able to extend your knowledge and practice professional skills in a variety of professional level contexts, such as schools, museums and heritage centres, community and art facilities. This will give you a better understanding of learning in and through the museum, and how it can contribute to effective learning, practical experience and employability skills.

  • EDUC5933Education Dissertation60 Credits

    You’ll complete a guided enquiry project focusing on a specific aspect of education of professional/personal relevance. If you’re on a named pathway, you will undertake a Dissertation study relevant to that pathway.

  • EDUC5935Research Application20 Credits

    During this course, you’ll extend your knowledge and understanding of the research process in educational enquiry and apply this knowledge and understanding to your proposed Dissertation studies. You will construct a viable Dissertation proposal with particular attention to the enquiry methodology, methods and instruments and ethical considerations of your proposed Dissertation studies.

  • EDUC5929Access and Inclusion20 Credits

    Consideration and analysis of museum teaching and learning programmes and curricula design that respond to equality legislation for diverse groups and individuals in local and international contexts. This course aims to extend knowledge of theoretical and practical issues which underpin inclusive practices in relation to learning in and through the museum. Participant and audience diversity will be examined in light of current and emerging policy and practices locally, nationally and globally.

Admissions Requirements

To be accepted to this programme, you must have:

  1. 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification in any subject
  2. If English is not your first language, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. This is an IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no sub-test less than 6. If you do not have an IELTS test certificate, equivalent scores in other recognised qualifications may be accepted

To apply to this programme:

You must apply online. As part of your online application, you need to submit the following:

  • 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)

Please check you meet the entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

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.

You will be expected to complete an online orientation course before the programme begins in September.

Key Dates UK/EU

Application Deadline
Start Date
15 Sep 2020
15 Sep 2020

Tuition & Fees

  • Home/EU: £11,000*
  • International: £11,000*

*Total cost, incremental payment schedule available. Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only.

How much does the programme cost?
Part time fees 1,222 per 20 credits

Can I get help to fund my studies?
You may be eligible for help with the cost of the programme.

What it's like to study online

100% online for complete flexibility
Our part-time online programmes are ideal if you're working full-time or have family commitments.
Connect to campus from anywhere
All you need for our online programmes is a device with internet access.
Gain a global perspective
As an online student, you'll be part of an international community of academics and learners.
Learn from the experts
Our world-class teaching and research staff will help you realise your potential.
Interact with everyone
Community building and collaborative learning is a key focus of our online programmes.
Access a multitude of resources
Study using a range of materials, including recorded lectures, live seminars, videos, interactive quizzes, journal articles and ebooks.
Regular Assessments
During each course you will be assessed in a variety of ways which could include essays, discussions, blogs, online presentations, interactive quizzes, assignments or group work.

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