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Student Enrolment

Student Enrolment

We are now accepting online applications to our Archaeology, Conservation and Museum Studies Master's programmes for entry on 30 August 2015. Our application deadline is 1 May 2015. Please follow the 'Apply Now' link below to submit an application.

The application process for our Library Studies and Diploma programmes is currently closed and will open in early 2015.

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Short Courses

UCL Qatar offers short courses aimed at professionals working in the field of cultural heritage, who are looking to expand their knowledge, learn about new developments in their field, or understand other disciplines in their chosen field. Lecturers for the courses come from a wide range of international institutions around the world, including UCL.

Below is a list of Short Courses scheduled to be delivered by UCL Qatar during the period January - June 2015. Please continue to check the website regularly for updates as new programmes become available.

To request an application form for any of the courses below, or for further information, please contact the Short Courses Team

Download the Short Courses Programme Spring 2015 Booklet

Intermediate Audience Development

Lecturer: Jo Hargreaves, Director, Morris Hargreaves McIntyre

Duration: 5 days

When: 11 – 15 January 2015, 09.00am – 02.30pm

Location: Room 1A11, UCL Qatar, Georgetown Building, Education City

Number of Participants: 16 – 20

This four day training programme is designed to introduce participants to the principles and practice of developing audiences for museums and galleries in a participative and engaging way. As well as presentations on audience development approaches, the course will include inspiring case-studies from around the world, guest speakers and practice in a museum-setting. Throughout the course participants will be encouraged to apply their learning to case-studies selected from their own organisations.

Commerce and Cultural Brand Management

Lecturer: Bibi Baloyra

Duration: 5 days

When: 1 – 5 February 2015, 09.00am – 12.00pm

Location: Seminar Room, Education Wing, Museum of Islamic Art

Number of Participants: 30

Beyond The Logo: What is a cultural brand in the context of a museum? How does commerce ensure a museum’s sustainability?

This 5-day programme will examine the role of commerce in public art institutions and cultural brand management. By examining Annual Reports, students will be able to discern an institution’s commercial strategy and the return on that investment. Commercial strategies will also be examined for cultural brand alignment.

Assessment of various local/regional cultural commercial propositions at museums and cultural tourist attractions will be evaluated for authenticity and effectiveness. Change scenarios will be proposed and evaluated for viability across execution.

No prior financial qualifications or experience required for this course, which is structured to enhance big-picture thinking about museums as a staff member as well as a visitor.

Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs in Museums, Libraries and Archives

Lecturer: Anne Harding

Duration: 5 days

When: 15 – 19 February 2015, 09.00am – 12.00pm

Location: Seminar Room, Education Wing, Museum of Islamic Art

Number of Participants: 20

This practical course will explore the needs of children and young people with learning difficulties and identify strategies for increasing the value and relevance of museums, libraries, archives and other cultural and heritage organisations to them.

Expected learning outcomes

- increased understanding of learning difficulties and their implications,

- practical methods for supporting learning and overcoming barriers,

- strategies for developing SEN children’s engagement with cultural and heritage settings and offers,

- new ideas for inclusive activities and promotions,

- examples of good practice,

- more confidence when helping children and young people with learning problems.


Day 1 - Learning difficulties and their implications

Day 2 - Effective provision to aid learning

Day 3 - Activities and promotions part 1

Day 4 - Activities and promotions part 2

Day 5 - Planning

Introduction to Textiles

Lecturer: Im Sung

Duration: 5 days

When: 15 – 19 February 2015, 09.00am – 12.00pm

Location: Room 2A39, UCL Qatar, Georgetown University Building, Education City

Number of Participants: 12

Caring for textiles demands an understanding of how and why they deteriorate. This 5 day course will discuss structure of textiles, possible causes of damage, correct handling, and appropriate storage methods. This practical knowledge will help to look after and minimise serious reversible damages of precious textiles in both private and museum collections and preserve them for future generations.

At the end of this course you will have:

- a basic knowledge of the structure of textiles and the range of different types of textiles,

- an understanding of how textile materials degrade,

- practical knowledge of how to handle and store textile objects- dos and don’ts,

- a basic knowledge on the range of materials for safe storage of textile objects.

*Please bring one of your favourite textiles to discuss problems and suggestions for its care.

Publication of Academic Papers

Duration: 5 days

When: 1 – 5 March 2015, 09.00am – 12.00pm

Location: UCL Qatar, Georgetown University Building, Education City

Number of Participants: 12

This course focuses on the preparation for publishing an article in a scholarly journal.

Participants will learn to:

- understand the significance of having their work published in academic journals,

- describe a variety of scholarly journals and articles,

- recognise the main steps in the process of planning/writing an academic article,

- list the essential tools and resources needed to write/publish a scholarly article,

- develop a realistic set of goals and priorities in an individual publication plan.  

The course is aimed at individuals beginning their academic career and research, with no prior experience of academic publication.

Participants should have access to QNL or UCL (or other institutionally-supported) online academic resources as some research will need to be conducted by each student. 

Scholarly Communication and Digital Repositories

Lecturer: Abby Clobridge, Clobridge Consulting

Duration: 5 days

When: 1 – 5 March 2015, 09.00am – 12.00pm

Location: UCL Qatar, Georgetown University Building, Education City

Number of Participants: 12

In recent years, Open Access has been steadily gaining steam as a viable option for disseminating knowledge. This course will provide a hands-on introduction to Open Access and other types of open knowledge within the context of cultural heritage institutions – libraries, archives, and museums. By open knowledge, we are referring to content that is free to access and re-use, disseminated via the internet in standards-compliant repositories and using structured metadata. While our focus will be on Open Access to research, we will briefly introduce other types of open content such as open data.

The course will include hands-on activities and exercises designed to give participants a feel for the types of issues professionals who work with open knowledge face on a daily basis. Participants will work in teams to plan and build small digital collections and will gain first-hand experience working with commonly-used Open Access tools, systems, and workflows.

Topics covered will include:

- current and emerging issues in scholarly communication and publishing,

- overview of current and emerging issues in open knowledge: linked data, open data and data management, library publishing efforts, Open Educational Resources (OERs), open textbooks,

- standards-compliant repositories,

- working with Dublin Core metadata and controlled vocabularies,

- Creative Commons and open licenses,

- Open Access publishing,

- altmetrics,

- working with researchers to support Open Access,

- examples of Open Access initiatives in the Gulf Region.

Learning Objectives

Through this course, participants will:

- Learn about major issues, trends, and initiatives in the field of Open Access and scholarly communication

- Understand the two routes for achieving Open Access (repositories and journals) and the steps involved in each route

- Engage in strategic planning for development of an Open Access or other type of Open Knowledge program

- Gain hands-on experience with most steps in a typical Open Access workflow such as depositing content and applying metadata to content

- Gain hands-on experience working with widely-used Open Access tools: the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), SHERPA RoMEO and Juliet databases, ROARMap

- Become familiar with tools and issues related to supporting researchers, scientists, and authors who are interested in disseminating their scholarship via Open Access

- Consider how Open Access and other new forms of digital scholarship are changing the role of librarians

- Be familiar with the standard set of services offered by many libraries around the world to support Open Access

Please note: the focus of the session will be on providing open access to research outputs (articles and, to a lesser extent, data) and born-digital information products. While most of the knowledge shared during the session will be applicable to museum curators and archivists, the emphasis will be on Open Access to scholarship. We will not cover museum curation systems; digitizing techniques; or art, museum, and archival metadata standards.

Special and alternative forms of tourism with an emphasis on cultural tourism

Lecturer: Argyris Karapitsanis, Teaching Fellow, UCL Qatar

Duration: 5 days

When: 1 – 5 March 2015, 09.00am to 12.00pm

Location: QM Tower 2, 2nd Floor, Auditorium

Number of Participants: up to 20

Aim of this course, is to present to the participants the basic definitions of tourism and the tourism industry as a whole, focusing to the special and alternatives forms of tourism and more specifically to cultural tourism.

The course will be comprised of 3 parts:

- In the 1st part, we will begin the lectures, by presenting the definitions and meanings of tourism, the basic elements of the tourism industry - tourists and touristic businesses, categories of tourism as well as the effect that tourism may have as an industry and activity to society and economy as a whole.

- In the 2nd part, we will examine closely the special and alternative forms of tourism. We will begin our discussion with the difference between these two categories and how they are presented and operate in economy and society. Main priority and goal of this part of the course, is to examine with the participants an analysis of the characteristics of the special and alternative tourism market and to investigate the businesses that are part of this very vibrant and diverse touristic sector. Some examples of forms of tourism that may be discussed are:

  • Professional / City Tourism
  • Agricultural Tourism
  • Eco Tourism
  • Sea Tourism
  • Backpacker Tourism
  • Sport Tourism
  • Cultural Tourism

- The 3rd part of this course, will be devoted to a closer examination of Cultural Tourism. We will examine the identity of cultural tourism, types of tourists that usually follow this type pf tourism activity, characteristics and effects on society and economy. Focus will be given on implementation of cultural tourism in Qatar’s region and the opportunities that Doha presents as a city, towards this special form of tourism.

There are no perquisites for this course. This course can be taken by anyone working or studying the tourism sector, working or studying the cultural – museum sector, as well as anyone with a specific interest on tourism and how tourism and culture can me combined so as to promote traveling and the flow of knowledge.

An Introduction to Art Therapy

Lecturer: Dalal Al Sindi, The Art Therapy Centre

Duration: 5 days

When: 15 – 19 March 2015, 11.30am – 02.30pm

Location: Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Qatar Museums, Tower 2

Number of Participants: 15

This short course is aimed at individuals that have an interest in the profession of Art Therapy and those who are considering applying for accredited training. This 5-day short course will include art therapy theories and case studies with different client groups, as well as practical experiential activities using art-materials. A short essay and test will be assigned to students to reflect on their experience and grasp of Art Therapy towards the end of the course.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Lecturer: David Pinnegar

Duration: 3 days

When: 13 – 15 April 2015, 09.00am – 02.30pm

Location: UCL Qatar, Georgetown University Building, Education City

Number of Participants: 15

This three day course covers the following areas;

  • What is IPM?
  • Why do we need it in museums and collections? The justification for staff time and effort to prevent damage and problems.
  • What are the pests? The main beetle and moth pests and other agents, such as rodents.
  • What do they need and what damage do they cause? The importance of food, temperature and relative humidity.
  • How can we prevent pest damage? Assessing and monitoring pests, environmental control and good housekeeping.
  • Options for pest control. Physical and chemical methods advantages and disadvantages.
  • Planning an IPM programme. Agreeing an IPM policy and setting IPM guidelines. Setting risk zones. Co-operation and co-ordination. Reviewing procedures.
  • Practical on recognising the common pests and pest damage.
  • Assessing for pest presence, inspection, trapping and monitoring
  • Practical group survey of a museum and or store
  • Review of findings and conclusions.
  • Options for pest control. Physical and chemical methods advantages and disadvantages.
  • Sources of information.

Preparing a Disaster Plan

Lecturer: Rohit Jigyasu, Ritsumeikan University

Duration: 5 days

When: 17 – 23 April 2015, 09.00am – 02.30pm

Location: To be confirmed

Number of Participants: 20

This five day training programme is designed to teach participants to identify and assess disaster risks to their museum building and collections due to various natural and human induced hazards such as fire, storm, theft, vandalism etc. Accordingly, participants will learn to undertake practical measures for mitigation, emergency preparedness, response and recovery.

The course will include a field exercise in a museum. During the short course, the participants will also prepare an outline of disaster risk management plans for their own museums.

The course is aimed at museum curators, conservators, administrators or security staff.

3D Mount - Making for Museums

Lecturer: Kevin Smith, Director Plowden and Smith

Duration: 5 days

When: 3 – 7 May 2015, 09.00am – 02.30pm

Location: Museum of Islamic Art

Number of Participants: 15

This five day course will include;

- why objects are mounted,

- understanding the object and how it should be supported,

- choosing the best mount design,

- materials and methods,

- working with designers, curators and conservators,

- the production of a number of mounts.

This course will have a large proportion of practical work. Attendees must be familiar with hand tools and workshop machinery. The practical work can be dusty and dirty, attendees should wear appropriate clothing.

Attendees can bring some personal objects to mount (books, plates, cups or other small objects).

An Introduction to preventive conservation for museum collections and preparation of risk plans: Location - Sharjah, UAE

Lecturer: Rohit Jigyasu & Theocharis Katrakazis & Stephanie Black

Duration: 5 days

When: 26 – 30 April 2015, 09.00am – 02.00pm

Location: ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

Number of Participants: 20

Deadline for applying: 26 March 2015

This short course aims to introduce participants to implement principles of preventive conservation in museum practices with theoretical, methodological and practical aspects of organised and systematic approaches. The contents will cover the process of preventive conservation for collections both in storage and exhibition areas. Special attention will be focus on emergency situations in museums.

The course is aimed at museum curators, conservators, administrators or security staff.

Taking Oral History: Location - Sharjah, UAE

Lecturer: Rib Davis

Duration: 5 days

When: 24 – 28 May 2015

Venue: ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

Number of Participants: 20

Deadline for applying: 23 April 2015

The course will begin with an examination of oral history as evidence and culture. It will look at how and why personal narratives of the past are constructed. Then demonstration interviews will be shown, that all participants will have the opportunity to interview each other, followed by analysis of those short interviews, through which techniques will be learned. By the end of the course participants should be in a position to embark with confidence upon work in the field of oral history.

The course is aimed at anthropologists, sociologists and educators.

Integrating Documentation in Heritage Management: Introduction the Use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS): Location - Sharjah, UAE

Lecturer: Gaetano Palumbo

Duration: 5 days

When: 7 – 11 June 2015, 09.00am – 02.00pm

Location: ICCROM-ATHAR Regional Conservation Centre in Sharjah, UAE

Number of Participants: 20

Deadline for applying: 09 April 2015

This short course aims at introducing principles, design and management of records in data base systems (GIS) and methods to process architectural records and related information. It will discuss the use of GIS systems in cultural heritage and archaeological sites.

The course is aimed at archaeologists, architects or surveyors.