Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Museum Cultures

The programme offers you the opportunity to study this expanding and dynamic field in close proximity to world-distinguished museums and galleries. If you are contemplating a career in the museum and gallery sector and want to understand contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then this is the course for you. Museums have been of enormous importance in shaping empires, nations and cities, and their collections are connected to wider histories of conflict and social change. To study museums is to study the development and fierce contestation of our collective cultural imagination and memory. The programme gives you the chance to develop a range of key skills, from critical thinking and writing to practical experience through a supervised work placement in a museum, gallery or archive. Previous work placements have been offered at the Tate, British Museum, Whitechapel Gallery and Horniman Museum. Past students have helped design and run schools programmes, documented collections that were previously uncatalogued, conducted visitor research and assisted curators in producing exhibitions. As well as regular gallery and museum visits, we also offer an exciting study trip abroad every spring.

Entry requirements

MA: Good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the one-year, part-time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme and do not need to provide an admissions exercise. A written exercise or sample undergraduate essay is required and applicants may be interviewed. Master of Research - MRes: Good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). Applicants are required to submit a 1000-word research proposal and may be interviewed. Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). A written exercise or sample undergraduate essay is required and applicants may be interviewed.

Course modules

For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck's online prospectus.

Assessment methods

Master of Research - MRes: Compulsory and option modules are assessed through a 5000-word essay; you also write a dissertation of 30,000 words, due in September of the final year. MA: Compulsory and option modules are assessed through a 5000-word essay. Dissertation of 15,000 words due in September of the final year. Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Compulsory and option modules are assessed through a 5000-word essay.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 10,150 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time October 2019 5,600 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 7,600 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Part-time October 2019 4,175 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 5,075 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time October 2019 2,800 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (England) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (EU) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Scotland) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 15,200 per Whole course (International) 1 Years
Master of Research - MRes Full-time October 2019 8,350 per Whole course (Wales) 1 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus WC1E 7HX London

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of History of Art and Screen Media
Telephone number: 
02076316110