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.
Museum studies is a dynamic and expanding field. If you want an insight into contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then this is the course for you.
You begin with a core course that introduces interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of museums and a research skills module where you work collaboratively with your classmates. You then take an option module in an area of specialist interest.
- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education World University Subject Rankings. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF), Art and Design at Birkbeck achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.
- The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Funds are also available to support research expenses for your coursework on this MA.
- The Department of History of Art has an international reputation for its innovative approaches to the history of art, visual culture and museum studies, and attracts a rich programme of visiting scholars and practitioners. It is home to the History and Theory of Photography Research Centre, the Architecture Space and Society Centre, the Centre for Museum Cultures and the Vasari Research Centre. You will also have access to the Centre for Film and Visual Media which is based in the Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies.
- The Department hosts a range of events including: information eveningsfor prospective students; the annual Murray Lecture where speakers have included Penelope Curtis, director of Tate Britain, and Neil McGregor, director of the British Museum; and exhibitions and displays at the Peltz Gallery, the School of Arts' purpose-built exhibition space. You are also welcome to attend other seminars and events across the School of Arts and at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities.
Careers and Employability
Graduates can pursue careers in museums/galleries/auction houses, the creative arts, media and education. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or arts administrator. This degree may also be useful in becoming a researcher or advertising account executive.
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Art History Museum Studies View 77 other Masters in Museum Studies in United Kingdom
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- A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience).
- A written exercise or sample undergraduate essay is required and applicants may be interviewed.
- We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
- On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.
- You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.
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International5075 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 5075 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2800 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2800 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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