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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2017/18)
- QAR 99,900 (FT) QAR 49,950 (PT)
- QAR 99,900 (FT) QAR 49,950 (PT)
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 available on request from the department.
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.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
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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, contemporary art debates, visual studies, education and emerging digital technologies.
This MA has a total value of 180 credits.
Students take five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Exhibition Project
- Interdisciplinary Methods for Heritage Research
- Museums Policies and Practices
- Principles of Museum and Gallery Practice
- Museum Theory and Practice: Identities, Politics and Power
- Museum Learning, Outreach and Public Engagement
- Debates in Contemporary Art Curation
- The Digital Museum
- Placement I
- Placement II
- The Book in the World
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.
UCL Qatar is keen to make education accessible to all, and we are pleased to offer a range of funding opportunities to successful candidates. Please visit UCL Qatar's website for more details on funding opportunities and application procedures.
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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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.
UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the world's most prestigious 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.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: UCL Qatar
80% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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 BrandtMuseum and Gallery Practice MA
"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 LopezArchaeology 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.
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.
- All applicants
- 28 July 2017
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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