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Course summary

This Masters offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a versatile museum professional. The programme draws on staff research and expertise in museums, archives, libraries, galleries and digital cultural heritage. Co-taught with cultural heritage professionals, including staff from The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow Museums, and the National Library of Scotland, the programme combines interdisciplinary academic and practitioner input. Glasgow’s national, civic and university museum collections provide students with privileged access to rich and diverse resources of international standing. A series of visits provides complementary experience of varied museum institutions and collections. WHY THIS PROGRAMME

  • Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing. The University’s own Hunterian Museum is the oldest public museum in Scotland and has extensive holdings covering fine art, geology, anatomy and the history of medicine.
  • You’ll be able to choose from a range of courses involving staff from The Hunterian, Glasgow Museums and the National Library of Scotland, giving you a strong insight into professional and practical issues in the museum and cultural sector.
  • The facilities at Kelvin Hall provide opportunities for developing professional skills including collection management, object-handling, interpretation and public engagement.
  • Our partnerships with local and international museums and heritage organisations provide great opportunities to gain practical experience, including work placements.
  • Shared teaching with our sister programme MSc Information Management and Preservation provides students with a broad overview of the cultural heritage sector.
  • We are the only Museum Studies programme in the UK accredited by CILIP, the Library and Information Association.
  • Four core courses
  • Two optional courses
Students enrolled on the MSc are also required to undertake an independent research project:
  • Dissertation or applied dissertation in collaboration with a cultural heritage partner
Semester 1: September to December Core Courses INTRODUCTION TO MUSEOLOGY MUSEUM SKILLS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE MANAGING AND USING COLLECTIONS Semester 2: January to March Core Course EXHIBITION DEVELOPMENT (THE HUNTERIAN) MUSEUM STUDIES WORK PLACEMENT In 2022, it is anticipated that work placements will follow a blended model, with a combination of remote and onsite activities Optional Courses - choose two from the following (not all courses run every year): 2D DIGITISATION: THEORY & PRACTICE (PGT) CURATING LIVELY PRACTICES CURATING THE SCIENCES DIGITAL CULTURAL HERITAGE MUSEUM LEARNING AND INTERPRETATION POWER AND POLITICS IN THE POST/COLONIAL MUSEUM Other level 5 course from those available within the College of Arts Dissertation MUSEUM STUDIES DISSERTATION or MUSEUM STUDIES APPLIED DISSERTATION

How to apply

International applicants

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

Fees and funding

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Museum Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert at University of Glasgow - UCAS