Museum and Gallery Practice MA
Full-time 1 year
Part-time 2 years
The Museum and Gallery Practice MA at UCL Qatar aims at educating museum and gallery professionals in collections curation and interpretation, following a practice based holistic approach to museum collections and cultural heritage preservation. Through its practical placements the programme offers a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the developing museums sector of Qatar and the wider region, helping students to cultivate all the necessary transferrable skills to assume a career as a leading professional within a museum, gallery or the heritage sector.
This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Students take six compulsory modules (15 credits each), two optional modules (15 credits each) and a dissertation (60 credits).
- Principals of Museum and Gallery Practice
- Collections Care and Management
- Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage
- Interdisciplinary Methods for Heritage Research
- Interpreting Heritage (Exhibition Project)
- Placement (four weeks)
- Curating Contemporary Art
- Digital Heritage
- Education, Outreach and Community Engagement
- Object-based Learning
- Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage
All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.
Students will undertake a four-week placement at a museum, gallery or cultural heritage organisation in Qatar, the region or internationally.
For admission to this MA, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.3 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another qualification of an equivalent standard.
Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. The acceptable qualifications for admission to this programme include IELTS (7.0 overall) and TOEFL IBT (100 overall).
There are no subject pre-requisites for entry, however candidates are expected to demonstrate strong motivation for the subject to which they have applied, via the personal statement section of the application form. Candidates should have a passion and curiosity for museums or galleries and for cultural heritage in general. They should also be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of what the course entails.
Relevant work experience, for example in a museum or the cultural heritage sector, will also be considered.
FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME STUDY
This MA can be studied as a full-time one year programme, or part-time over the course of two years. The part-time option is particularly suited to existing professionals who intend to maintain their employment whilst pursuing further studies.
Part-time candidates take three compulsory modules and one optional module in Year One, and three compulsory modules (including the placement) and one optional module in Year Two. The dissertation is submitted at the end of Year Two.
WHY CHOOSE UCL QATAR?
Cultural heritage is booming in Qatar, with many new museums to open in the coming years and unmatched opportunities to network with the leading museums and heritage professionals within Qatar. At UCL Qatar students benefit from exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation, materials science and archaeological research laboratories in the Gulf region. An ever expanding library collection is housed within the ultra-modern faculty building. UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the most prestigious North American institutions. Degrees are awarded from London, but international students benefit from the unique cultural experience of living in the Middle East, and Doha’s positioning as a crossroads between past and future.
Students on the programme come from a diverse range of nationalities and backgrounds, and have studied at Bachelor’s degree level subjects including Art, Art History, History, Archaeology and other humanities and social sciences disciplines.
A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Candidates who apply on-time and receive offers of admission are automatically considered for funding. They will be notified of the outcome in early-June 2013. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit.
Applications can be submitted online. Our annual intake is in late August, with applications due on or before 31 May each year.