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

Modes and duration

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

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 May 2015
Fees note: Fee available on request from the department.

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: Good

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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Degree Information

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, contemporary art debates, visual studies, education and emerging digital technologies. Students will develop critical thinking skills and core skills such as documentation, preventative conservation and interpretation.

This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Students take five core modules (total 90 credits), two optional modules (total 30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

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


  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage
  • Museum Education
  • Debates in Contemporary Art Curation
  • Community Archaeology
  • 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 professional placement. Assessment is through essays, presentations, portfolios, reports, oral examiniation and the dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Museum and Gallery Practice MA


UCL Qatar offers a range of departmental full scholarships for academic excellence and financial need. Further details can be obtained from the department.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. 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.

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.


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 boming in Qatar and the region, 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. Interntional 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.

Student / staff ratios › 18 staff › 80 taught students › 8 research students

Department: UCL Qatar

Degree reviews

Student review

"The increased importance of a country’s cultural heritage and museum sector is a global phenomenon but nowhere is the trend as evident as in Qatar. I decided to apply to UCL Qatar because I am interested in the fast museum developments in the Arabian Gulf countries and the use of cultural heritage in creating an internal sense of community, international diplomacy and state branding. The locally tailored Museum and Gallery Practice program at UCL Qatar has truly deepened my understanding of current heritage issues and trends from an international perspective, but with a strong Arabic and Islamic focus."

Louisa Brandt

Subject: Museum and Gallery Practice MA
Staff review

"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 José C Carvajal Lopez

Subject: Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World MA, Museum and Gallery Practice MA

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.

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

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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