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MA / PGCert / PGDip Museum and Heritage Development

Nottingham Trent University

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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Clifton Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Museum and Heritage Development is an innovative professional practice-based course exploring new approaches to the successful and sustainable development of museums and heritage sites and the development of the workforce.

The course combines professional and academic practice and the need to learn core skills with the opportunity to experiment with new creative practices; from collections management to filmmaking, from institutional planning and audience development to exhibitions and curating live public events. By developing a rich portfolio of professional practice and experience during the course, we help students to develop the confidence and courage to see themselves as the future of the field, to begin to establish themselves within the sector, and to prepare them for the workplace. Students will also achieve PgCert and PgDip exit awards during this course.

What you'll study

Special features

The course responds to how museum and heritage practice is changing and the demands and expectations this places on the workforce and its development. We are helping students to develop key personal qualities required of the museums and heritage workforce of today and tomorrow, combining core skills training with imaginative creative practice and risk-taking, all within a supportive environment. The course is therefore highly collaborative and delivered with museum and heritage organisations and professionals.


Students are assessed through a range of projects appropriate to individual modules. The diversity of our approach to assessment is reflective of the increasing diversity of professional practice within the museums and heritage sector, and is undertaken within the spirit of creativity, risk-taking and core skills development. Student work ranges from reports and many other forms of publication, to creative writing, photography, film, exhibitions and live events. Academic essays provide an intellectual context for practice undertaken.

Careers and employability

The course, your placements and live projects will give you experience and skills that are highly valued by museums and the wider heritage industry employers. As well as museum curators, educators, and visitor service managers in museums and the heritage field, this course also provides the opportunity to work with and join a heritage consultancy company.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 15,850per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Nottingham Trent University

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    Nottingham Trent University, 50 Shakespeare Street, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 4FQ, England

With students and staff from over 160 countries, cultural diversity is a key part of the university's identity.
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