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University of Leeds: Curating Science

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 and communication.

You will engage with current debates in art and museum practice, alongside studies of science, 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.

Our Curating Science 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 will be supported by an interdisciplinary team of academic staff from both Schools, the involvement of professionals at our partner institutions and the activities of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.

You will have also access to unique resources held by the University's Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The Museum’s rich collections provide exciting opportunities for research, and for developing professional skills valued in the museum world and the cultural sector.

You can specialise in your own areas of interest, through optional modules that explore contemporary curatorial strategies, technologies and media, cultural memory, histories of medicine, audiences, participation and engagement. You will have the option of undertaking a negotiated placement with a museum or heritage organisation.

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


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