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University of Leeds: Curating Science and Technology

Institution University of Leeds
Department School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


This Masters course will enable you to develop an independent academic and curatorial practice at the intersection of art, museum studies, and social studies of science, technology and communication.

You will engage with current debates in art and museum practice, alongside studies of science and technology, to encourage new understandings of art and science for the 21st century.

You will undertake a range of active learning activities from developing displays, programmes and events to developing digital content and designing your own research projects.

The course has been developed by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies in close collaboration with the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, allowing you to study compulsory and optional modules from both Schools.

You’ll be supported by an interdisciplinary team of academic staff from both Schools, the involvement of professionals at our partner institutions including the activities of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and you’ll have access to resources in the University's Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, providing opportunities for research and for developing professional skills valued in the museum and cultural sector.

You will become a member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and enjoy networking events and links to alumni, to conferences, seminars and reading groups.

Course tutors include researchers with a background in history of science, science communication and museums and heritage, including collections, curatorial, education and engagement work:

  • Dr Liz Stainforth (Programme Director)

  • Dr Jamie Stark

  • Dr Jonathan Topham

Curating Science and Technology is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate. You will study fewer modules and not complete a dissertation.

Specialist facilities

Housed within a single central campus location, the School offers a modern and well-equipped learning environment with several studio and exhibition spaces.

Project Space is the School’s multi-purpose space designed for the development of curatorial practice and visiting exhibitions.

The Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections - valuable assets for your independent research.

In addition to the wide range of museums and galleries in the city and beyond, the University campus features:

  • The Stanley & Audrey Burton Gallery

  • Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery

  • Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine

  • Marks & Spencer Company Archive

  • International Textile Collection

  • Public art trail

  • stage@leeds performance venue


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