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Professor Andrew Reynolds

Email: a.reynolds@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 1522

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,500 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£16,500 (FT)

UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Archaeology

Key facts

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60% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Museum Studies MA

This MA provides a broad academic and professional training in all aspects of museum work, and encourages students to reflect on the concept of the museum and its associated practices. The programme looks at all types of museum, from art galleries to science museums, without concentrating on any particular kind.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Students 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, interpretation, presentation and preservation of curated materials in museums.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, and provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study in related fields such as Museum Studies, Heritage Studies and Conservation.

Its outstanding archaeological library is complemented by University College London's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

London's many museums and galleries are a wonderful source of discussion and material for this degree, but in particular UCL's own important museums and collections are drawn upon for teaching, including those of the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, the Art Museum, and the Grant Museum of Zoology.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year; Part-time 2 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (75 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), work placement (15 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • The Museum: Critical Perspectives
  • Managing Museums
  • Collections Management and Care
  • Museum Communication

Options

  • Antiquities and the Law
  • Archaeology and Education
  • Exhibition Project
  • Collections Curatorship
  • Conservation in Practice: Preventive Conservation
  • Cultural Heritage and Development
  • Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation
  • Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project on a museological topic which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, practical workshops, museum visits and guest speakers. Students are required to undertake a work placement for a total of 20 days. Assessment is through coursework assignments, projects, essays, field reports, portfolio and the dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of a high 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).

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

Due to the high demand for places on this programme, candidates are advised to submit their admissions application by the end of December for September start the following year. The final deadline for submitting complete applications, including references, is 20 January. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is intended primarily for those who wish to enter the museum profession in the UK or abroad or else pursue PhD studies on museological topics. It provides a balance of practice and theory for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and cultures.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Museum Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Museum Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

Some graduates go on to PhD studies while others pursue careers in organisations associated with the museum and/or heritage sector.

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • Textile Museum of Canada: Communications Co-ordinator
  • British Museum: Museum Assistant
  • Royal Academy of Arts: Photographic Assistant
  • Victoria and Albert Museum: Intern
  • London Transport Museum: Community Curator
  • Museum of Order of St John: Museum Administrator
  • National Museum of Science and Industry: Historic Loans Project Officer
  • The Royal Artillery Museum: Museum Director
  • Museum of London: Curator
  • Wiltshire County Council: Museums Officer
  • Kingston Museum: Heritage Assistant

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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