Description

The MA Museum Cultures offers you the opportunity to study this expanding and dynamic field in close proximity to world-distinguished museums and galleries. If you are contemplating a career in the museum and gallery sector and want to understand contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then this is the course for you. Museums have been of enormous importance in shaping empires, nations and cities, and their collections are connected to wider histories of conflict and social change. To study museums is to study the development and fierce contestation of our collective cultural imagination and memory.

Our MA gives you the chance to develop a range of key skills, from critical thinking and writing to practical experience through a supervised work placement in a museum, gallery or archive. Previous work placements have been offered at the Tate, British Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and Horniman Museum. Past students have helped design and run schools programmes, documented collections that were previously uncatalogued, conducted visitor research and assisted curators in producing exhibitions. As well as regular gallery and museum visits, we also offer an exciting study trip abroad every spring.

Study Details:

MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Module Details:

COMPULSORY MODULE

  • MA Museum Cultures – Approaches, Issues, Skills

INDICATIVE OPTION MODULES

  • Art Museums in a Global Age
  • Curating as Critical Practice
  • Curating Difficult Histories: Museums, Exhibitions, Art Activism
  • Exhibiting the Body
  • Museums, Memory and National Identity

RESEARCH PROJECT/WORK PLACEMENT OPTION MODULES

  • Museum Cultures independent research project
  • Museum Cultures Work Placement

MA MUSEUM CULTURES DISSERTATION

  • MA Museum Cultures Dissertation

Student Destinations

Our students develop the ability to think critically and creatively, and to articulate their ideas persuasively. Intellectual rigor, visual sensitivity and informed debate are fundamental to museum studies, as well as being transferable skills relevant to a range of careers. Graduates can pursue jobs in arts management, conservation and policy; in education, marketing and publishing; in the museums and heritage sectors; and in research and academia.

Fees

Part-time home/EU students: £4175 pa Full-time home/EU students: £8350 pa Part-time international students: £7600 pa Full-time international students: £15200 pa

Entry Requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).

For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the one-year, part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme and do not need to provide an admissions exercise.

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