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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology

Course type


Course Summary

This Masters offers you the opportunity to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required to become a versatile museum professional. The programme draws on staff research and expertise in museums, archives, libraries, galleries and digital cultural heritage. Co-taught with cultural heritage professionals, including staff from The Hunterian Museum, Glasgow Museums, and the National Library of Scotland, the programme combines interdisciplinary academic and practitioner input. Glasgow’s national, civic and university museum collections provide students with privileged access to rich and diverse resources of international standing. A series of visits provides complementary experience of varied museum institutions and collections.


  • Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing. The University’s own Hunterian Museum is the oldest public museum in Scotland and has extensive holdings covering fine art, geology, anatomy and the history of medicine.
  • You’ll be able to choose from a range of courses involving staff from The Hunterian, Glasgow Museums and the National Library of Scotland, giving you a strong insight into professional and practical issues in the museum and cultural sector.
  • The facilities at Kelvin Hall provide opportunities for developing professional skills including collection management, object-handling, interpretation and public engagement.
  • Our partnerships with local and international museums and heritage organisations provide great opportunities to gain practical experience, including work placements.
  • Shared teaching with our sister programme MSc Information Management and Preservation provides students with a broad overview of the cultural heritage sector.
  • We are the only Museum Studies programme in the UK accredited by CILIP, the Library and Information Association.


Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles within the cultural heritage sector; these include museums and galleries as well as historic houses, heritage sites and consultancy.

Roles range from front of house, education and outreach to collections management, curation, marketing and management.

Different course options

Full time | University of Glasgow | 1 year | 14-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This course will introduce the principles of working with collections, from the perspective of both cultural organisations and users. The course is delivered through blended learning via Moodle and is taught through a combination of online and face-to-face activities. Practical skills in collections management will be delivered via site visits and workshops with cultural heritage professionals, while technical topics such as legal requirements and introduction to databases will be delivered via online lectures, tutorials and workbooks, enabling students to learn at their own pace. Students will be supported to undertake these self-directed activities through drop-in lab sessions and online discussion groups with staff and peers. Assessment is through project-based learning, with an emphasis on developing students' skills in working with collections management systems.

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

Entry requirements for postgraduate taught programmes are a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

University information

The University of Glasgow is one of four ancient universities in Scotland, founded back in 1451. The university is part of the prestigious Russell Group, and is one of only two universities in the UK to be awarded a 5 Stars Plus by the QS University Rankings 2017. Alumni include seven Nobel Prize winners, Scotland’s First Minister and a Prime Minister, while Albert Einstein gave a lecture on the theory of relativity there back in 1933. The...more

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