Birkbeck, University of London
This programme offers you the opportunity to study this expanding and dynamic field at close proximity to the most world-distinguished museums and galleries. If you are contemplating a career in the museum and gallery sector and if you are interested in developing an in-depth understanding of contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then this is the course for you. Our MA gives you the chance to develop a range of key skills, from critical thinking and writing to practical experience through a work placement in a museum, gallery or archive. 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 MA comprises a core module, a research skills module, 2 option modules, a work placement or an independent research project, and a dissertation. Full-time students take the core module and an option in the autumn, 1 option in the spring, a research project or work placement in the summer term, and work on their dissertation from January. Part-time students take a core module in the autumn term, an option module in the spring term, and either a research project or work placement in the summer term. In Year 2, part-time students take a second option in autumn and begin work on their dissertation in January. The core module introduces you to contemporary debates within museum cultures. The research module is a group exercise wherein the class decides upon and collectively researches a topic, under the supervision of their tutor. Option modules offer you the opportunity to follow specific interests and areas of research. Core module: MA Museum Cultures - Approaches, Issues, Skills. Indicative option modules: Creating a Public. Museums and their audiences; Curating as Critical Practice; Exhibiting the Body; Framing and Narrating Modern Art in the Museum; Histories in Transition: Visual Culture, History and Memory in South Africa and Beyond; Museum Environments; Museums, Memory and National Identity; Nostalgia and the Heritage Industry; Public Histories in Practice. Research project/work placement option modules: Museum Cultures independent research project; Museum Cultures Work Placement. MA Museum Cultures dissertation: MA Museum Cultures Dissertation.
Core and option modules are assessed through a 5000-word essay. Dissertation of 15,000 words due in September of the final year.
The government's new postgraduate loan scheme allows you to borrow up to £10,000 to cover the cost of your tuition fees, living costs or other study expenses - and you don't have to start repaying until 2019. Funds are available to support research expenses for your coursework on this MA. The School of Arts offers a number of bursaries for postgraduate students. Part-time students who are experiencing financial need may apply for assistance from the Birkbeck Alumni Fund Postgraduate Opportunity Bursary.
|Qualification||Study mode||Start month||Fee||Course duration|
|MA||Full-time||October 2018||GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|MA||Full-time||October 2018||GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2018||GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|MA||Part-time||October 2018||GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip||Full-time||October 2018||GBP 9,925 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip||Full-time||October 2018||GBP 5,450 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip||Part-time||October 2018||GBP 7,425 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip||Part-time||October 2018||GBP 4,075 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Part-time||October 2018||GBP 4,950 per Year 1 (International)||2 Years|
|Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert||Part-time||October 2018||GBP 2,725 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||2 Years|
|Master of Research - MRes||Full-time||October 2018||GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International)||1 Years|
|Master of Research - MRes||Full-time||October 2018||GBP 8,175 per Year 1 (Home/EU)||1 Years|
|Campus name||Town||Postcode||Region||Main campus||Campus||Partner|
|Bloomsbury Campus||WC1E 7HX||London|
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