MA Museum Studies

Prepare yourself for entry into the museum profession, with this intensive course in which you will combine more conceptual modules with the practical experience of working in local museums. You will benefit from training in the history and theory of museums and collecting, museum politics and policies, gallery and museum education, exhibition design and implementation, and the care, management and interpretation of collections, ensuring you graduate ready for a successful career in your chosen field. With a relatively small number of students, this degree can be tailored to your personal interests.

Overview

Art History and World Art Studies runs one of the longest-established programmes in Museum Studies in the UK – and the only one based inside an art gallery, the Norman Foster-designed Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA). The course combines the cutting-edge research and curatorial experience of our academic staff with the professional resources and experience of the SCVA. It also draws on resources in London and in the region, notably the Norfolk Museums Service, and incorporates a number of museum visits and expert speakers. Students undertake a year-long work placement in tandem with their degree.

 

A maximum intake of 12 students per year means that the course is student-centred and offers intensive preparation for either a career in the museum profession or a higher research degree in museum studies. Students gain an understanding of the history and theory behind museums plus hands-on training in all aspects of museum work – conservation and curation; education and outreach; exhibition design and visitor services; and governance, legal frameworks, marketing and development. Employability is central to the programme, with exposure to a wide range of career options and contact with professionals from across the sector.

The MA is available full-time. Throughout the degree, students spend one to two days a week on a tailored, individual placement with a local museum; up to four students receive Museum Studies Internships for placements in the SCVA. The taught components of the course bring together in-depth historical and theoretical approaches to museums with practice-based modules addressing the public role of the museum, collections management and interpretation, with an emphasis on topical issues and responsive engagement.

Course Structure

The taught element of the master’s degree includes a compulsory module on the history and theory of museums in the autumn semester and practice-based training in the curation of collections in the spring. Students also undertake two interconnected autumn and spring modules on professional practice, which include museum visits with privileged access and regular lectures by leading professionals. These modules are taken together with the cohort of students on the MA in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies, offering a lively and supportive peer learning environment. Previous guest speakers have hailed from institutions as diverse as the British Museum, the Houses of Parliament, the National Trust and Tate Britain, as well as from private businesses serving the museum and heritage sector.

In addition to the taught modules, students on the Museum Studies degree complete two individual forms of assessment: a substantial management plan or project report based on their work placement (due in May), and a dissertation of 12,000 words (due in September). Working closely with a supervisor, students choose a dissertation topic that combines their academic and museological interests.

Please note that this course will not run in the 2016/7 academic year.  Applicants will be able to apply for entry to the 2017/8 academic year from October 2016.

You may wish to consider an alternative course for entry in September 2016.  The MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a strong museum studies component, with many alumni holding curatorial posts.  The MA in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies also provides a good alternative to the MA in in Museum Studies.  This programme includes modules on World Heritage, Country Houses, Interpretation and Participation, as well as a 1-month placement at a museum or heritage site.  Information about both of these courses can be found at: https://www.uea.ac.uk/art-history/postgraduate-taught-degrees. 

 

Course Modules

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject History, Art History, Archaeology, Anthropology, the Natural Sciences or other relevant subject
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent
  • Special Entry Requirements Preference will be given to people who have already gained some experience of working in museums

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in listening, writing and reading, and 7.0 in speaking)
  • PTE (Pearson): 70 (minimum 55 in listening, writing and reading, and 70 in speaking)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Interviews

Interviews are required for students applying to the MA in Museum Studies. If you are living overseas, these may be undertaken by telephone/Skype at a mutually convenient time.  Please note that applicants who have not yet met the English Language requirement will still be expected to conduct an interview in English.

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2016/17 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,150 (full time)
  • International Students: £14,500 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

Scholarships and Awards:

There are a variety of scholarships and studentships, which include Internships worth £10,000 towards fees and expenses, available to those applying for places on the MA in Museum Studies.

Click on the link below to see what is currently available.

Funding for Masters Degrees and Diplomas

How to Apply

Please note that this course will not run in the 2016/7 academic year.  Applicants will be able to apply for entry to the 2017/8 academic year from October 2016.

You may wish to consider an alternative course for entry in September 2016.  The MA in the Arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas has a strong museum studies component, with many alumni holding curatorial posts.  The MA in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies also provides a good alternative to the MA in in Museum Studies.  This programme includes modules on World Heritage, Country Houses, Interpretation and Participation, as well as a 1-month placement at a museum or heritage site.  Information about both of these courses can be found at: https://www.uea.ac.uk/art-history/postgraduate-taught-degrees. 

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

Applicants are usually interviewed for this course before an offer is made.  Campus interviews for applicants based in the UK usually take place from February onwards.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

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