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University of Glasgow: Museum Studies

Institution University of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Humanities
Web www.glasgow.ac.uk/
Study type Taught

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, the National Library of Scotland, and Historic Environment Scotland, alongside resources developed through the Smithsonian Institutional Partnership 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, while placements and group project-based learning activities offer opportunities for professional skills development.

We are the only Museum Studies programme in the UK accredited by CILIP, the Library and Information Association.

Opportunities for shorter postgraduate programmes focusing on key professional skills through PGDip and PGCert

We are the only Museum Studies programme in the UK accredited by CILIP, the Library and Information Association. Opportunities for shorter postgraduate programmes focusing on key professional skills through PGDip and PGCert  * 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. * Our 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, including Museums Galleries Scotland and the Smithsonian, 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. * The Museum Studies Teaching Team have been awarded a College Teaching Excellence Award

Students enrolled on the MSc will take:

  • 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

Students enrolled on the PGCert will take:

  • Museum Skills and Professional Practice
  • Managing and Using Collections
  • Either Exhibition Development, Work Placement or Museum Learning and Engagement

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)

or

  • MUSEUM STUDIES WORK PLACEMENT

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 ENGAGEMENT
  • 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

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 include front of house, learning and engagement, digital engagement, to collections management, curation, marketing and management.

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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. 

Rankings

The University:

  • is ranked 73rd in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2022
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2022
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …
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