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MA in Museum Studies or Heritage & Interpretation-where will it lead/is it worth it? watch

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm not sure if I have posted this in the right place (I am new to TSR) but basically I was looking at doing a part-time distance learning MA at University of Leicester either in Museum Studies (my favourite sounding course) or Heritage and Interpretation (also at Leicester but my second choice of course).

    I best provide some context...

    I recently graduated with First Class Honours in Education Studies and History and really like the idea of working in heritage/museums/heritage education. I currently work full-time in a historical place in a welcome team type role and also office work there.

    I love this job but am thinking about how I can progress in the future and I would really like to get into the education side of things in places like this (without doing a PGCE if possible).

    So I am in the process of arranging some education-based volunteering in a near-by museum on some of my days off but I also feel like I would like to study more for enjoyment but that I would also like it to benefit me in a job and want to do it distance learning part-time to fit around work and everything.

    So I have been looking at courses and narrowed it down an MA in Museum Studies or an MA in Heritage and Interpretation. I am leaning more towards the Museum Studies one but my current place of work is an historical visitor attraction but it is not a museum, so would this course still be useful? Is it worth the money (approx £9,000)? How managable is a part-time distance learning MA (is 15 hours a week enough study)? What kinds of jobs will it open up if any? Is the Heritage Interpretation course a better option?

    Also should I apply to more than one place with a similar course? How likely is it that I would be accepted for the Leicester one? Which other reputable universities offer similar part-time distance learning courses that you would say are good?

    If anyone has any advice or experience of courses or similar I would love to know and also the value of them and job prospects or fields I could go into both in and out of museum and cultural settings...

    Thank you
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    15-20h per week for a part time online course is a good amount of time and yes you can apply to more than one course. If you meet the entry requirements you should be fine. In terms of whether it's worth it, that's something that only you can decide. Do you need this additional qualification or is just experience enough? What will help you to progress. Please don't assume that an additional qualification will just get you where you want to be. Check first because as you say it is a bit of money to spend on something that you may not necessarily need.

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