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Museum studies, or museology, provides a holistic view of museum work, in a social, cultural and political context. Museum studies present developments within the field of management, marketing and education and offer basic concepts regarding the development of governmental policies concerning cultural resource management. The museum studies discipline covers theories and concepts from art, history, ethnic studies, archaeology and anthropology.

Degrees in museum studies cover: museum communication, preservation and conservation of heritage materials, museum exhibition content development, museum and gallery marketing, and more.

Generally offered at the master's and doctorate level, museum studies aim to provide theoretical and practical skills required to operate a museum. Seen as a part of the information and library science area, museum studies will equip students with an analytical and complex understanding of culture and social developments. A museology specialist has a solid cultural background that allows making connections between works of art and history, or between technological objects and scientific advancements. Students will also develop an aesthetic eye, as well as critical thinking skills.

Career prospects for museum studies graduates cover jobs like: museum registrar, archivist, curator, museum technician, museum director, exhibit coordinator, cultural heritage information professional, museum librarian.

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