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University of Glasgow: Education in Museums and Heritage

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Humanities
Study type Taught


This is a uniquely innovative and multidisciplinary programme that equips the next generation of museum and heritage professionals with the ability to engage with the various contexts (cultural, economic, political) that they will encounter and which are needed for the 21st Century. The programme includes placements, language learning and a minimum of three mobility periods in Europe.

  • This unique programme will provide students with exposure to cutting edge teaching, research and practice across Europe and across the globe. It will engage with and contribute to current debates about the aesthetics and critical themes of contemporary Museum, Heritage and Education Studies practices and the multiple types of skills needed to engage with and understand them.

  • Multiple mobility periods allow for a truly international learning experience providing students with the opportunity to experience diverse educational systems and training in European regions.

  • Consortium partners include the University of Glasgow, the University of Tartu, Radboud University and the University of Malta.

  • Innovative summer school offerings will be held annually and provided by our key associate partners, the Smithsonian Institute in the US, the European Museum Academy (at various museums around Europe) and the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico.

  • Guest lectures and seminars are offered by scholars and policy practitioners who are leading experts in their field.

  • Students will have access to a variety of second language training.

  • Students will have access to placements.

The programme is taught over 24 months and includes at least three mobility periods and has been designed so that students can benefit from the specific expertise of each of the partners.

In semester 1 students gain an overview of Museum Education in Glasgow. In semester 2 at the University of Tartu which include placement options.

Between semesters 2 and 3, students will have the option to attend a summer school with the European Museum Academy, the Smithsonian and/or Universidad Iberoamericana. The courses that are studied during the summer school are non-credit bearing but students will be able to undertake internships as part of the summer mobility period.

In semester 3 students have the choice of two thematic Study Tracks between the University of Malta or Radboud University in the Netherlands. There are also placement options at Malta and field trips at Radboud.

The fourth and final semester destination, when the dissertation is being written, will be chosen by the student depending on where they wish to be based for research/ supervision purposes.

Teaching will be via lectures and small group seminars utilising a wealth of theoretical and methodological approaches drawn from the humanities and social sciences. Assignments and coursework include individual and group presentations, structured debates, simulation exercises and role play, reflective logs, fieldwork and study trips. Language courses in all major European languages are available with each mobility partner over the two years of the programme.

Year 1: Semester 1 (60 SCQF)

University of Glasgow – Museum Education

  • Access and inclusion
  • MHES critical enquiry
  • Museums, education and curriculum development
  • The museum as a source for learning

Year 1: Semester 2 (60 SCQF)

University of Tartu - Intangible Cultural Heritage

  • Heritage and cultural policies
  • Methods of data collection and analysis (archives, social memory)
  • Vernacular expressions and analytic categories

Summer Mobility at the European Museum Academy or Smithsonian Institution,with the option to extend to Universidad Iberoamericana.

Year 2: Semester 3 (60 SCQF)

University of Malta - Museum and Heritage Education

  • Contested Heritage: Conflict, mediation, culture and community
  • Education and community museums
  • Museum education and cultural policies
  • Representation, access and difference

Year 2: Semester 3 (60 SCQF)

Radboud University - Arts and Culture

  • Art history
  • Creative industries
  • Tourism and culture

Year 2: Semester 4 (60 SCQF)

  • Research dissertation

Graduates will be equipped with the academic knowledge, research skills, and practical employability skills through this jointly developed and delivered programme. Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles within the cultural heritage sector; these include museums and galleries as well as historic houses, heritage sites and consultancy. Roles range from front of house, education and outreach to collections management, curation, marketing and management.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


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  • ranked joint 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
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