Students at University College London (UCL) are equipped with a range of skills that they can apply in any museum and develop critically aware perspectives on professional practice and research processes.
The programme's main aim is to provide an in-depth understanding of approaches to the research, documentation, communication, public engagement, interpretation, presentation and preservation of curated materials in museums, while responding to their audiences and communities.
Some recent graduates of the Museum Studies programme have gone on to complete a PhD while others have pursued a career in professional organisations associated with the museum and/or heritage sector. 90% of UK graduates from this degree take up employment in the museum sector within six months.
The MA in Museum Studies facilitates the development of both practical skills relevant to a professional career in the museum and galleries sector and a solid understanding of, and critical engagement with, theoretical issues involved in contemporary museum practice.
Core practical skills include collections care procedures, packing and storing objects, documentation, collections-based research, exhibition production, and display evaluation.
A museum-based placement and optional modules can be chosen to enable students to focus on specific additional areas of theory and practice. Transferable skills include independent research, writing and communication skills, interpersonal skills, use of IT, time management and group working.
- Collections Management and Care
- Managing Museums
- Museum Communication and Audience Engagement
- The Museum: Critical Perspectives
- Antiquities and the Law
- Archaeological Data Science
- Collections Curatorship
- Cultural Memory
- Curating Science & Technology (by arrangement with the Department of Science and Techonology Studies).
- Exhibition Project
- 12 months
- 24 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
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- A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
- Applicants should also have gained experience of working in museums or related organisations (this experience is often gained in a voluntary capacity).
International26600 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 26600 GBP per year during 12 months.
National12900 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 12900 GBP per year during 12 months.
- UK: £6,450
- International: £13,300
Living costs for London
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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