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Contact details

Mr Brett Kershaw

Email: b.kershaw@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +974 4457 8688

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

QAR97,350 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

QAR97,350 (FT)

Departmental funding and scholarship opportunities are available. All successful candidates are eligible for consideration.

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

More information

Prospectus Entry

UCL Qatar

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

Not Applicable
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Museum and Gallery Practice MA

There is a pressing need for qualified professionals with expertise in museums and gallery practice in the Gulf region and beyond. This MA at UCL Qatar focuses on the development of practical skills in collections care and management, interpretive methods and emerging digital technologies.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This MA programme introduces the principles of cultural heritage, emphasising its significance and relevance in the Gulf region and beyond. Key areas of cultural heritage are taught such as collections management, museum, gallery and site management, exhibition development, education and emerging digital technologies. Students will develop critical thinking skills and core skills such as documentation, preventative conservation and interpretation.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL Qatar represents a unique three-way partnership between UCL, Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority.

The programme has particular focus on the Arab and Islamic worlds, allowing students a unique opportunity to learn, study and practise in the Gulf region.

The opening of the UCL Qatar campus builds upon UCL's renowned strengths in museum studies and further establishes Qatar as the centre of excellence for cultural heritage studies in the Gulf.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Five core modules (75 credits), two option modules (30 credits), placement (15 credits) and dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage
  • Principles in Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Collections Care and Management
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage
  • Heritage Interpretation Placement: 20-day placement assessed by a 3,000-word project portfolio


  • Choose two of the following:
  • Education, Outreach and Community Engagement
  • Digital Heritage
  • Object-based Learning


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and structured reading. Students undertake a 20-day project placement. Assessment is through essays, presentations, portfolios, placement portfolio/report and dissertation.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, a GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0 (US system), or another overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Degree class requirement could be waived for candidates with other exceptional qualifications, such as professional experience in related fields.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

Please apply online; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The closing date for applications is 31 May. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of the relevant deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is suitable for students with a first degree in Archaeology, Anthropology, History, Fine Arts, Design, or any other discipline who wish to gain the skills necessary to pursue further critical research or develop a career as a heritage professional in the Gulf region or beyond.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Museum and Gallery Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Museum and Gallery Practice at UCL Qatar
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree


Graduates of this programme will gain an in-depth historical and theoretical background in museums and cultural heritage as well as experience in a range of relevant technical skills. They will be trained in all aspects of museums work, including collections management, education and community outreach, emerging digital technologies, exhibition design and interpretation. Graduates will be familiar with regional and global cultural heritage practices.

The first cohort of students on the Museums and Gallery Practice MA are due to graduate in 2013, therefore no information on graduate destinations is currently available.

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

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