University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen

Museum Studies

Museums have become an important field of study, with a wide range of research focusing on their history, collections, practices and social roles. This course makes much use of the University's own internationally important collections and museums to explore these issues and to give practical experience of working in a museum, working closely with professional as well as academic staff.

Entry requirements

Candidates must normally possess a degree of 2.1 or above, or equivalent, in an appropriate discipline. Students who do not meet the normal entry requirement but who have appropriate professional experience may also be considered. Applicants who have been educated in the medium of English are still required to meet the English language requirements (certain countries may be exempted from this requirement). This programme requires that applicants meet the 'postgraduate standard' level of English proficiency. Applicants who are in doubt about their proficiency in English should contact the British Council office or its equivalent in their country. For applicants whose 1st language is not English, it is important that their proficiency in English is good in order for them to study successfully at the University.

Course modules

In the 1st half-session a core course 'The Museum Idea' focuses on the history and theory of collecting and museums, with the 2nd half-session core course 'Curating an Exhibition' includes a wide range of practical experiences as students play the key role in creating the King's Museum's summer exhibition. Alongside these core courses, students will be able to choose 2 courses from a range of electives drawn from disciplines such as anthropology, archaeology, business studies, history of art, history, law and literature. During the summer those students with a research interest are able to complete a dissertation, while those with a more vocational interest produce a project based on a 20 day placement in a museum. Students who wish to graduate with the MLitt in Museum Studies will follow these taught courses with the 'Museum Studies Dissertation' or 'Museum Studies Project'. The dissertation offers students with a research interest in museums the opportunity to write a 12,000-word dissertation with appropriate supervisory support. As an alternative, a minimum 20 day placement in a relevant museum or art gallery (to be approved in advance by the course co-ordinator) can lead to the writing of a 8,000-word 'Museum Studies Project' based on a topic studied during their placement. Placements will be offered at a range of museums in Scotland, but students can also identify other alternatives subject to the approval of the programme co-ordinator.

Assessment methods

Core courses are assessed by continuous assessment, including essays, presentations and an independent assessment of the group exhibition. Elective courses are generally also assessed by continuous assessment, but some may include examinations.

Sponsorship information

There are various sources of funding to support you during your period of study. We have a number of scholarships and bursaries available to our students, and external sources of funding available.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (EU) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MLitt Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,500 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MLitt Part-time September 2016 - 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
King's Campus Aberdeen AB24 3FX Scotland

Key information

School of Social Sciences
Telephone number: 
01224 272762