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Museums Practice (Shrewsbury) MSc

Museums Practice (Shrewsbury) MSc

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Full time | University Centre Shrewsbury | 1 year | OCT

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology

Course type


Course Summary

Museums are about discovering and investigating societies through the physical objects they have left behind: how people lived, but also how the causes and effects of social, political, cultural and economic events and developments can be traced through collections found in museums.

Course overview

Museums are an integral part of the present, and a resource for the future. By studying how museums function, you will be working in an exciting and expanding, as well as an increasingly complex, subject area.

Why study this course with us?

In studying Museums Practice, you will have access to a wide range of resources, such as museum services and their collections across Shrewsbury and Shropshire. We have strong links to heritage organisations and their resources, including English Heritage and the National Trust. We aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to operate within the broader heritage industry, such as in museums, but also with heritage and planning agencies, local authorities and international organisations, private enterprises and civic organisations.

Our course blends theory and practice, with opportunity to gain ‘hands-on’ experience and to participate in research projects.


Each student researches and writes a 16,000-word dissertation. The topic and title is negotiated between the student and the supervising tutor; tutor approval of the topic and title is an essential requirement. The research dissertation is based upon guided but largely independent research and upon substantial use of a range of primary source materials. For the MSc Museums Practice, the dissertation will involve research into museums practice, museological heritage and cultural management. For the MSc Sustainable Heritage Practice, the research dissertation will involve research into the cognate fields of sustainability, heritage and their practical application.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification. Prior experience in the museum and heritage sectors can be taken into account alongside academic qualifications. Consideration will be given to those who hold a lower classification who can demonstrate they are capable of performing at the level required to complete the course successfully.

University information

From a teaching college established in 1839, to becoming the University of Chester in 2005, over 180 years of academic growth has allowed the University to offer an extensive selection of postgraduate courses and research options across a number of specialist sites. This includes five sites in and around Chester, a campus in Warrington, a University Centre in Shrewsbury, and a new health and nursing education facility, Marriss House, in...more