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What will I learn?

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.

Which department am I in?

Heritage and Geography

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,500.00 (US$ 21,334) per year
Fee for PgDip £10,335, PgCert £5,170

This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Clifton Campus

Nottingham Trent University,

Clifton Lane,


NG11 8NS, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students who hold a Bachelors degree from a recognised institution with a grade point average of 3.2 (2.1) and 2.8 (2.2) are considered for entry to masters degree. IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.

For international students

Students will need: a UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree or equivalent and recent practical experience with a professionally run heritage site or organisation. Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience. Students should have an IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. TOEFL iBT - Overall score of 81 with at least 10 Reading, 9 Listening, 17 Speaking, 19 Writing.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London

About Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University is one of the UK’s most popular universities with a reputation for excellent teaching and world-leading research.

  • Dedicated international student support
  • Employability focused with work experience opportunities
  • 2019 Guardian University of the Year