Ph.D. On Campus

Museology (Professional Doctorate)

The University of Manchester

36 months
19500 GBP/year
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This Museology (Professional Doctorate) programme at The University of Manchester is specifically designed for people working in museums and galleries who want to undertake advanced research which builds on their professional knowledge and practice. 


The structure of the Professional Doctorate is devised to enable you to develop your career while simultaneously studying for a doctoral qualification.

A Museology (Professional Doctorate) takes explicit account of the professional practice-base of the candidate and integrate this as a central knowledge base for an advanced research project. 

The Professional Doctorate supports the development of reflective practice that can respond to and influence the complex unpredictable and shifting social and cultural contexts within which museums and their staff operate. 

The programme at The University of Manchester introduces students to a range of dynamic and challenging concepts and methods with which to reflect critically and constructively on their professional practice.

The structure of the programme is designed to support people who are embarking on advanced research for the first time and/or who are combining doctoral study with a career. Students join together in a learning environment to investigate the principles of reflective practice, practice-based research and enquiry based learning. 

This pedagogical approach enables students' professional context to become their primary research resource. Students will receive individual supervision from an academic supervisor with a specialism related to their field of research as well as opportunities to develop reflective enquiry into practice via group-based learning exercises with other practitioners at two residential courses per year.

Career opportunities

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help support you with your goals for the future.

Programme Structure

The key milestones are represented by the assessment for each stage of the process. These are:

  • Year 1: literature review and research essay (12,000 words in total)
  • Year 2: conference paper and publishable article (6-8000 words)
  • Year 3: research proposal and portfolio of reflective practice (10,000 words in total)
  • Year 4-6: individual targets appropriate to the completion of the thesis research
  • Year 6: thesis of 50,000 words OR practical outcome accompanied by a 20-50,000 word dissertation.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 72 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Academic entry qualification overview
  • Successful completion of a Masters course with an overall classification of Merit or higher, or its overseas equivalent, with an element of research training, is a prerequisite for entry to a PhD. A research proposal must be included with the formal application materials.
  • English language

Tuition Fee

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    19500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19500 GBP per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Manchester

645 - 1197 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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