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Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies, Ph.D.

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
University rank #141 (QS) ,
This programme enables you to carry out an original piece of research in museum, gallery and heritage studies. As a research student you will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers and academics at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, fully supported by world expert supervisors.

About

MPhil and PhD students in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies are based in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching at Newcastle.

ICCHS is internationally renowned for its research, securing significant support (around £3m since 2008) from a variety of funders, such as the UK Research Councils and the European Commission. We have a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Our academic supervisors have significant experience and expertise in interdisciplinary research and practice in the UK and abroad. Through our emphasis on empirical research and having a grounding in professional practice, our research alumni have been successful in securing careers in academia, governmental organisations, and the cultural and creative industry sectors worldwide.

Our research students pursue a variety of topics that explore both historical and contemporary issues with local, national and international dimensions. They have also consistently achieved high submission and completion rates in their chosen programme of study. Recent student research topics in ICCHS include:

  • attitudes towards human remains
  • constructions and uses of Welsh identity in American museums
  • the social roles and regulation of art museum education in China and Taiwan
  • the management and interpretation of archaeological sites in Turkey
  • meaning making around historic photographic collections on Flickr
Key research themes

Our key research themes are:

Cultural politics and policy

  • factors that determine how cultural policy is constructed, institutionally, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • how management strategies affect heritage resources
  • the impact of large-scale constitutional change upon cultural policy
  • intended and unintended consequences of implementing international conventions, charters and instruments
  • contribution of research to cultural policy construction
  • the intersection of political movements and agendas with heritage
  • definitions and attributed values of heritage
  • Identity, community and place
  • construction and representation of identities, places and communities through heritage
  • how heritage is used by, and for, communities
  • relationships between notions of place and identities, communities, and heritages locally regionally, nationally and internationally
  • principles of community museology and ecomuseology practice in different contexts
  • relationships between heritage tourism and identities, communities and places
  • identities produced through the consumption of heritage
  • relationship between identity construction and wellbeing

Media and representation

  • how media works in heritage organisations and how organisations work as media
  • factors shaping the production, morphology and consumption of media and media representations in heritage organisations
  • representations made possible through institutional technologies specific to heritage organisations and how they are analysed to understand culture, society and knowledge
  • study and design of digital heritage applications and digital cultural engagement

Accreditation

Reputation and Quality

Newcastle University is a Russell Group University and we ranked 18th out of 121 in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014 and third in the North East and Yorkshire.

Newcastle is ranked:

  • to 5th in the UK for employability (amongst comparator universities (Higher Education Statistics Agency))
  • in the UK’s top 12 for research power in science and engineering
  • ranked 8th for Medical research power

We have a world-class reputation for research excellence and are spearheading three major societal challenges that have a significant impact on global society. These themes are: Ageing and Health, Sustainability, and Social Renewal.

The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) commended our management of academic standards and quality of learning by giving us a 'judgement of confidence' – the highest rating available.

In 2013, we were awarded five QS Stars.

Newcastle University is the first UK university to establish a fully owned international branch campus for medicine at its NUMed Campus in Malaysia.

At Newcastle, we are committed to world-class academic excellence, as part of our vision to be a civic university.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: There is no application closing date for this course, but specific deadlines for funding apply.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Blended
    • Time flexibility
      Fully structured
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Online group works/assignments

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Attitudes towards human remains
  • Constructions and uses of Welsh identity in American museums
  • The social roles and regulation of art museum education in China and Taiwan
  • The management and interpretation of archaeological sites in Turkey
  • Meaning making around historic photographic collections on Flickr

Lecturers

We are happy to supervise MPhil and PhD students in any of the areas outlined above. You will normally be supervised by two of the following staff members: Mr G Corsane, Professor P Davis, Dr A Galani, Dr M Giesen, Dr R Mason, Dr A Mazel, Mr A Newman, Professor P Stone, Dr C Whitehead.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

  • A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent. We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16500 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    4350 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4350 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
EU
  • Full time: £4,350
  • Part time: £2,175
International
  • Full time: £16,500

Living costs for Newcastle upon Tyne

  • 560 - 1000 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

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