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Museum and Artefact Studies

Durham University's unique MA in Museum and Artefact Studies will provide you with the high quality training relevant to a career in museums, the cultural heritage sector, and in the academic world. In particular, it is intended to equip you with a sound knowledge and critical understanding of current professional principles, good practice and contemporary debates relating to museum and artefact studies. It aims to help you develop a variety of skills: - Professional skills, relevant to the care, management and exhibition of collections in museums - Analytical skills, relevant to the study of a wide range of materials and artefacts, from different periods and cultures, and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives - Research skills, relevant to studies of museums and artefacts, including an awareness of current theoretical issues - Communication skills - oral, written and visual - relevant to work in the museum profession and to academic research. - It also aims to encourage you to take personal responsibility for your own learning, team-work and professional conduct.

Entry requirements

MA: Applicants should hold, or expect to be awarded, a 2:1 Honours degree or an international equivalent, such as a GPA of 3.3 or above and hold some museum work experience. Two satisfactory references are required

Course modules

The first route is intended for those who firmly intend to pursue a career in museums and galleries. It comprises six compulsory taught modules: Approaches to Museum and Artefact Studies, Museum Principles and Practice, Artefact Studies, Care of Collections, Museum Communication, Research Paper. Route 2 The second route through the MA provides you with a different choice of modules. It is intended for those with a strong interest in artefact studies, who may wish to pursue a career in the cultural heritage sector or undertake further postgraduate research in museum or artefact studies after completing the MA course, but who also wish to keep their options open. It comprises four compulsory modules (one of which is a dissertation) and a choice of a fifth module: Approaches to Museum and Artefact Studies, Museum Principles and Practice, Artefact Studies, Dissertation. And either Museum Communication Or Care of Collections Or A module from the MA in Archaeology (e.g. Prehistory; Roman Archaeology; Medieval Archaeology; Post-Medieval Archaeology; or the Archaeology of Egypt, the Near East and India (when available).

Assessment methods

You will have a 20-day Museum placement at Easter in a museum or archive. Research skills acquired earlier in the course are developed through the Dissertation research project or the Research Paper.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (England) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 18,300 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Full-time October 2019 8,500 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (England) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Channel Islands) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 10,100 per Year 1 (International) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 Years
MA Part-time October 2019 4,700 per Year 1 (EU) 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Durham University DH1 3LG North East

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