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.
The MA Museum Cultures at Birkbeck, University of London 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.
Careers and Employability
The 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.
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- MA Museum Cultures - Approaches, Issues, Skills
- 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
- Museum Cultures independent research project
- Museum Cultures Work Placement
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- 12 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Art History Museum Studies View 78 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).
- 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.
- A written exercise or sample undergraduate essay is required and applicants may be interviewed.
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International15200 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 15200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA8350 GBP/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 8350 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.