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Programme Structure for MA Museum Studies

Degree co-ordinator: Theano Moussouri 

This MA provides a broad academic and professional training in all aspects of museum work, and encourages students to reflect on the concept of the museum and its associated practices. Grounded in museum practice and research, the programme looks at all types of museums.

Students are equipped with a range of skills that they can apply in any museum and develop critically aware perspectives on professional practice and research processes. The programme's main aim is to provide an in-depth understanding of approaches to the research, documentation, communication, public engagement, interpretation, presentation and preservation of curated materials in museums, while responding to their audiences and communities. 

Degree Handbook

Modules

This degree programme comprises three 15 credit core modules, one 30 credit core module, two 15 credits option modules, a dissertation and placement, each of which is described in greater detail below. Teaching for this degree is primarily by lectures, seminars, practical workshops and museum visits.

Core Modules

All students are required to take the following:

Option Modules

Students also choose two further 15 credit modules from the following list (other modules may also be available):

Please note not all modules are available every year.

Dissertation

(60 credits) - Students are required to research and write a dissertation (10,000 words) on a museological topic. Students will be assigned a supervisor to guide the main stages of the work.

Examples of recent projects include:

  • The museum on display: exploring changing attitudes to museum architecture at the V&A
  • Memorial museums and the representation of genocide
  • Rethinking 'Zulu' material culture in the British Museum's collections
  • Digital technologies and museum communication
  • Artists-in-residence, artist-curators and the reinterpretation of museum collections
  • The National Mall in Washington DC and post-assimilationist US identity
  • Historical house museums: representing history, evoking memory
  • The art of museum diplomacy: the Singapore-France cultural collaboration in perspective

Placement

(15 credits) - Students are required to undertake a 20 days' work in a museum (or similar institution). This usually takes place one day per week during term-time, although other arrangements may be possible. Students write an assessed 2,500 word report at the end of the placement reflecting on their experience.

Recent placements have included: Brent Museum, the British Museum, Croydon Museum, Event Communications, the Freud Museum, Hackney Museum, London Transport Museum, the Museum of London, RAF Museums, the Royal Academy, Royal Botanical Gardens, Royal Historical Palaces, St Paul's Cathedral, Tate Britain, UCL Museums & Collections.

Contact Charlotte Frearson London museum studies placement facilitator