Institute of Archaeology


Programme Structure for MA Museum Studies

Degree Handbook


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.


(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


(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