Museum and Gallery Practice MA

This MA at UCL Qatar equips students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to assume a career as a leading heritage professional within Qatar, the wider Gulf region or further afield. Through practical placements, students will gain a unique insight into the developing local heritage sector.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: QAR98,825
  • Overseas Full-time: QAR98,825

Application date

  • All applicants: 31 May 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

This 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?

Cultural heritage is boming in Qatar, and this programme provides unmatched opportunities to network with leading local museums and heritage professionals. At UCL Qatar students benefit from exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation and research laboratories in the region.

UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the world's most restigious institutions. Students benefit from the unique cultural experience of studying in Qatar, where the diverse range of cultural backgrounds ensures that unique perspectives are brought to classroom discussions.

The programme suits students with a genuine interest and curiosity about heritage in the Arab and Islamic world.

This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Students take six core modules (15 credits each), two optional modules (15 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Interdisciplinary Methods for Heritage Research
  • Principles in Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Collections Care and Management
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage
  • Interpreting Heritage (Exhibition Project)
  • Placement (four weeks)


  • Curating Contemporary Art
  • Education, Outreach and Community Engagement
  • Digital Heritage
  • Object-based Learning
  • Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage


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:


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

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

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.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

How to apply

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 application deadlines.

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014.

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.


This is a new programme with the first cohort of students graduating in 2013. Graduates are expected to be in high demand locally as there is an increasing need for qualified professionals with expertise in museums and galleries in Qatar. We expect graduates to go on to assume leading roles within museums and galleries in Qatar and elsewhere in the region, including in management, collection building, curation and outreach.

Next steps


Mr Brett Kershaw

T: + 974 4457 8688


UCL Qatar

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