Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Museum Cultures

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.

Course modules

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.

Assessment methods

Core and option modules are assessed through a 5000-word essay. Dissertation of 15,000 words due in September of the final year.

Sponsorship information

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.

Qualifications

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 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