UCL Qatar
كلية لندن الجامعية قطر


Master's students complete internships at renowned international museums

28 May 2013


The inaugural cohort of museum studies, conservation and archaeology students at UCL Qatar have completed four week work placements at leading worldwide museums, art institutions and archaeological sites.

The UK destinations accepting the UCL Qatar Master’s degree students include London’s most famous museums – the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and Imperial War Museum, as well as the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology,  Orleans House Gallery and Barker Langham, a leading global cultural consultancy of cultural heritage projects in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Manchester Museum in Manchester, northwest UK, is also taking in UCL Qatar students.

In Europe, the International Design Museum in Munich, Germany has received graduate students from UCL Qatar too.

For those seeking first-hand experience of archaeological excavations and heritage conservation, the Ancient Merv archaeological excavation in Merv, Turkmenistan and Ock Pop Tok in Laos, South East Asia, are welcoming UCL Qatar’s first year intake.

And those students who have opted to conduct their placements in Qatar are taking advantage of the many opportunities available in the rapidly expanding cultural heritage sector. Local destinations include Msheireb Museums, Sports Museum, Culture House (Qatar Foundation), and the offices of Qatar Museums Authority.

Brett Kershaw, UCL Qatar’s Marketing and Student Recruitment Manager said: “The work placements are designed to enhance students’ practical skills, and they underline the scope and scale of the work in which our students can get involved. There is a valuable dynamic in travelling to work in some of the world’s top museums and galleries - a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

Graduates of the UCL Qatar programmes are being equipped with the knowledge and expertise to be future leaders in Qatar’s cultural heritage sector, as well as in Middle Eastern archaeology and heritage on a broader scale.

Nahil Al-Askari, a student from the  MA Museum and Gallery Practice degree programme has a placement at Manchester Museum in the UK. “The work placement part of the degree programme is extremely useful, as it gives us the chance to put in to practice all we have learnt in the course and gain further exposure to the diverse nature of working in a museum. It is particularly exciting to have the opportunity to do this placement in the UK and be exposed to new concepts and ideas. I look forward to applying this knowledge and experience to enhance the growth of Qatari heritage" she said.

Anna Lange, also on the MA Museum and Gallery Practice degree programme, opted to conduct her placement in Qatar. “I have chosen to conduct my work placement here in Doha, working with Msheireb Museums. I am particularly interested in the preservation of Qatari heritage and I am pleased that such opportunities exist locally for students like myself to gain this enriching experience.”