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University of Glasgow: Museum Education
|Institution||University of Glasgow View institution profile|
|Department||School of Humanities|
This programme will provide you with opportunities to develop a critical awareness of the historical, social, political, ethical and philosophical context of educating in and through the museum. It draws on the vast experience of academic staff, renowned for world class, research-led teaching and will offer a unique link to the world leading collections available within the Hunterian Museum and other world famous Glasgow museums.
* The programme will offer opportunity for a blend of experiential and online learning. A variety of locations, varying from customised tutorial rooms and arts studios to state of the art object rooms and teaching labs, providing world-class infrastructure to support high quality teaching and learning.
* The city of Glasgow has a rich cultural base and you will be encouraged to engage with the rich source of museum learning that world class museums such as the Hunterian, Kelvingrove, Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA) The Burrell Collection, People’s Palace, Riverside Museum and St. Mungo Museum of Religious Arts have to offer.
* In Summer 2016, Kelvin Hall will launch as a centre of cultural excellence, having accessible storage to thousands of objects of historical, social and cultural significance from the collections of the Hunterian, Glasgow museums and the National Library of Scotland. You will have access to these objects and will extend your knowledge and understanding of the value and importance of using such objects for educational purposes.
* You will also undertake a placement in a site of your choosing. You will engage with staff in order to learn from their expertise and experience and you will share your own knowledge and skills, so that a synthesis of knowledge and practices are nurtured to the benefit of all.
* You will have the exciting opportunity to take part in various field trips to museums around Scotland.
The programme comprises a blend of online and experiential learning opportunities. In addition to practical tutorials, you will engage with the online environment in order to share your ideas and experiences with other students.
The programme will encompass fieldwork in a variety of museum education related settings and you will also have the opportunity to participate in field trips to a variety of museums, renowned for their varied and world-leading collections.
Core teaching is followed by a dissertation where you will have the opportunity to identify an area of interest and to create a research project that allows in-depth critical explanation of your selected theme.
### Core courses
* ACCESS AND INCLUSION
* CONTEMPORARY RESEARCH THEORY AND METHODS IN SOCIAL AND PEDAGOGICAL CONTEXTS
* MUSEUMS, EDUCATION AND CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
* THE MUSEUM AS A SOURCE FOR LEARNING
This is a unique opportunity for teachers to secure a Masters qualification that will not only enhance their career prospects but that will extend, strengthen and instil confidence in their knowledge and skills in terms of learning in and through the museum. For those wishing to enter the field of museum education, or who already work in the sector, the programme offers students the opportunity to develop both practical skills and to apply theoretical knowledge through the placement.
This distance learning programme will provide you with exciting opportunities to develop critical knowledge and skills associated with learning in and through museums and galleries. Building on your academic, professional and personal experiences and qualifications, it will deepen your social, cultural, historical and philosophical understanding of museum education.
* This fully online programme is ideal for those who work in museums and galleries, education, cultural heritage and other related sectors, as well as for those who wish to enter this field. The only distance learning programme of its kind in the UK, it offers high quality, fully supported online distance learning on a flexible part-time basis.
* The programme utilises a virtual, interactive learning environment incorporating film, blogs, podcasts, forums and feeds. Engaging in a stimulating online community, you will participate in analysis, critique and discussion of current research, practices, provision and policies.
* Engaging in the programme and its online forums gives you the unique opportunity to access experts, academics, peers and museum collections located around the world, comparing practices, pedagogies and policies in order to expand and extend your knowledge of museum education.
* The programme includes a placement in a setting relevant to your expertise and interests. Benefiting from the extensive programme network of museum experts, you will be supported to secure a suitable setting where you will have the opportunity to put theoretical ideas and learning into practice.
* In addition to the vast and varied expertise of academic staff at the University of Glasgow, the programme also draws on the expertise of Scottish and international museum-based specialists.
Core teaching in years 1 and 2 is followed by a dissertation in year 3 where you will have the opportunity to identify an area of interest and to create a research project that allows in-depth critical explanation of your selected theme. Teaching methods aim to visually and intellectually stimulate you in such a way as to recreate experiences associated with museum contexts and museum education. Films, podcasts, technologically generated images, online forums and other resources will be used to support learning. In year 2 you are required to undertake a placement in a setting relevant to your interest and area of expertise. Your placement will provide an opportunity for you to put theory into practice and to develop links with museum education bodies.
### Core courses
#### Year 1
* Modern educational thinking
* Museums, education and curriculum development
* The museum as a source for learning.
#### Year 2
* Access and inclusion
* Research application
* Theory into practice.
Whether you work in the field of education, museums or cultural heritage, have an interest in museum education, the programme will equip you with and the required knowledge and skills to pursue a career in museum education, as well as associated contexts. The programme aims to extend and strengthen confidence in your knowledge and skills in terms of learning in and through the museum.
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.
- ranked joint 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
- ranked joint 92nd in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2021
- 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 months after …
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