Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University

Museum and Heritage Development

Our Museum and Heritage Development course is a progressive, interdisciplinary course which combines the academic questioning of museums and heritage as ideas, organisations and experiences. This innovative practice-based course which has been designed alongside Museum Development East Midlands, East Midlands Museums Service, Nottingham City Museum and Galleries, Museum of the Mercian Regiment, The Canalside Heritage Centre, The Galleries of Justice Museum, the National Videogame Arcade and and the international heritage consultants Barker Langham. This course combines academic and professional practices to ensure that you are equipped with the right skills which are needed to enter today's museum and heritage workforce. The course is taught by our teaching staff who are experts in the field of History and Heritage studies and have extensive industry experience which will support your learning. You'll develop skills in areas such as critical debate and creative practice in order to design more creative, socially - relevant and sustainable practices, for use within museums and other heritage organisations. Throughout this course you'll work on live projects, as this will become the core component of your academic and professional development. You'll learn from guest keynote speakers, visiting professors, field visits and professional mentors from organisations across the region. The course has been designed to motivate and support you to re-think and re-imagine museums and heritage through critical engagement, reflection, experimentation and creative practice. This in turn will help you to develop the confidence and courage to become a scholar-practitioner leading the field. You'll be assessed through a variety of creative forms including exhibitions, presentations and a professional portfolio. If you choose to take the MA path you'll have the opportunity to undertake a written thesis or piece of practice-based research. NTU has a long track record in facilitating relevant work placements across the heritage sector which are successful both for students and placement hosts, as some students have managed to gain employment with their hosts. You may get to work with Barker Langham, a leading international museum and heritage consultancy, each academic year culminates with a Degree Show; an exhibition in Nottingham based on the ideas and work students have developed during the taught components of the course. This course will provide you with an opportunity to work with and join a heritage consultancy company. Many of our recent graduates have gone on to work for many museums and authorities including the National Trust, East Midlands Museums Service and the Heritage Lottery Fund. You'll gain valuable skills such as critical reasoning and intellectual independence. The majority of the assessment includes creative, practice-based work such as photography, film, exhibitions, programmes and events, live projects, presentations, a professional portfolio, essays, reports and a thesis reflecting the professional expertise within the field. To be considered for this course you'll need a UK honours degree ( Minimum 2:2) degree or an equivalent qualification. Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

Course modules

You'll study six modules during this course and undertake a research project. Purpose, Planning and Development: This module explores the purpose of contemporary museums and related heritage organisations and the increasingly diverse and progressive roles they seek to perform • Materiality and Memory: You'll explore the expanded field of materiality, memory and experience through an international and interdisciplinary engagement with different ways of knowing and related practices of collecting, recording, making, showing, sharing and telling • Working in Museums and Heritage: Through this module you'll examine the contemporary museum and heritage workforce from different sectors and provides a practical introduction to key entry-level skills and competencies in audience development and collections development • Museum and Heritage Futures: This module explores the future of museums and heritage and their development. It provides a critical and creative platform where students are able to imagine possible museum and heritage futures that may challenge convention and accepted ways of thinking and doing •Interpretation 1: Fieldwork: This module introduces students to different ways of researching and understanding people, places and experience, objects and collections • Interpretation 2: Civil Engagement: This module explores the possibility of these institutions as agents of civil engagement within local and global contexts • Research Project: The Research Project is the culmination of the MA, providing students with the opportunity to craft their own research project through critical-theoretical and/or practice-based work.

Assessment methods

Continuous assessment include: essays, individual and group projects, reports, presentations, an exhibition and portfolio, and a thesis reflecting the professional expertise in the field; there are no written examinations.

Sponsorship information

Arts and Humanities Research Council awards may also be available; some University bursaries are available and are based on academic quality and impact.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 7,500 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 1 Years
MA Full-time September 2017 GBP 12,900 per Year 1 (International) 1 Years
MA Part-time September 2017 GBP 3,750 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 2 Years
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (England) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 9 Months
Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip Full-time September 2017 GBP 5,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 9 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 6 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 6 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (England) 6 Months
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Full-time September 2017 GBP 2,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 6 Months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Clifton Campus NG11 8NS East Midlands

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