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Museum Cultures Postgraduate Diploma

Key information
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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology Cultural Studies

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Cultures offers you the opportunity to study this expanding and dynamic field in close proximity to world-distinguished museums and galleries. If you are contemplating a career in the museum and gallery sector and if you want to understand contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then this is the course for you. 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.

Our programme gives you the chance to develop a range of key skills, from critical thinking and writing to practical experience through a supervised work placement in a museum, gallery or archive. Previous work placements have been offered at the Tate, the British Museum, the Whitechapel Gallery and the Horniman Museum. Past students have helped design and run schools programmes, documented collections that were previously uncatalogued, conducted visitor research and assisted curators in producing exhibitions. As well as regular gallery and museum visits, we also offer an exciting study trip abroad every spring.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Our students develop the ability to think critically and creatively, and to articulate their ideas persuasively. Intellectual rigor, visual sensitivity and informed debate are fundamental to museum studies, as well as being transferable skills relevant to a range of careers. Graduates can pursue jobs in arts management, conservation and policy; in education, marketing and publishing; in the museums and heritage sectors; and in research and academia.

Different course options

Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT-20

Modules

The core course provides a broad introduction to the current debates and theoretical approaches within contemporary museum studies. Research-led and jointly taught by academics from the School of Arts, the School of Social Science, History and Philosophy, and the School of Law, this multidisciplinary module demonstrates how cultural history, art history, anthropology, queer and gender studies, archival research, discourse analysis and policy studies can all inform our understanding of museums. Classes examine numerous aspects of museums including their architecture, collections, display techniques, exhibitions, labelling, events, digital resources, legal resources and audiences.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£5,760

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,480

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). A written exercise or sample undergraduate essay is required and applicants may be interviewed.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more