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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 museum professional within Qatar, the wider Gulf region or further afield. Through practical placements, students will gain a unique insight into the developing local and international museum sector.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)


Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 5 July 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website. Fees for this programme are payable in Quatari Riyals and are available on request from the department.

Location: Doha, Qatar (UCL Qatar)

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 substantial professional experience in related fields.

English language requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Special: If you will be taking IELTS (Academic) you will be required to achieve an overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests. Alternatively you may take any other test listed on our English language requirements page and pass it at the Good level.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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About this degree

This programme introduces the theories and practices of museology, emphasising their significance and relevance in the Gulf region and beyond. Key areas of museum studies are taught, such as collections management, museum, gallery and site management, exhibition development, visual studies, education and emerging digital technologies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Students take four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Exhibition Project
  • Museum Learning
  • Principles in Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Collections Care and Management
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students choose three from the following:

  • Materials vs. Culture
  • Museum Learning, Outreach and Public Engagement
  • Collections Care and Management
  • The Digital Museum
  • Placement I
  • Placement II


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 professional placement. Assessment is through essays, presentations, portfolios, reports, oral examination and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Museum and Gallery Practice MA


UCL Qatar is keen to make education accessible to all, and we are pleased to offer a range of funding opportunities to successful candidates. For more details on funding opportunities and application procedures, please visit UCL Qatar's website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


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.


There is an increasing need for qualified professionals with expertise in museums in the Gulf. We expect graduates to go on to assume leading roles within museums and galleries in Qatar and elsewhere in the region and internationally, including in management, collection building, curation and outreach.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Museums are flourishing in Qatar and the region, and this programme provides unmatched opportunities to network with leading local museums and heritage professionals.

Education City, Doha, houses branch campuses of some of the world's most prestigious educational institutions. International 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 museums and heritage in the Arab and Islamic world.

Department: UCL Qatar

Student / staff numbers › 16 staff › 70 taught students › 11 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.

What our students and staff say

Staff view

"At UCL Qatar I am perfectly positioned to develop my interest in Islamic archaeology as a field of scientific enquiry within the wider scope of archaeology. It also offers me the chance to look at my subject from a completely different perspective, that is, as an archaeological job in an Islamic environment and yet with a powerful international projection (Qatar). UCL Qatar has a prominent position in Qatar that allows me to contact and develop projects with many researchers and professionals working here (in the Qatar Museums Authority, in the Museum of Islamic Art, etc.). Of course, the global brand of UCL is extremely valuable when making contacts abroad. "

Dr Jose Lopez

Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA, Museum and Gallery Practice MA
Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology

Application and next steps


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.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
5 July 2018

For more information see our Applications page.

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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

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