MA - Master of Arts
Curating Science will enable you to develop an independent academic and curatorial practice at the intersection of art, museum studies, and social studies of science and communication.
You will engage with current debates in art and museum practice, alongside studies of science, to encourage new understandings of art and science for the 21st century. You will undertake a range of active learning activities from developing displays, programmes and events to developing digital content and designing your own research projects. Read about exhibitions and activities curated by our students.
This course has been developed by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies in close collaboration with the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science, allowing you to study compulsory and optional modules from both Schools.
You will be supported by an interdisciplinary team of academic staff from both Schools, the involvement of professionals at our partner institutions and the activities of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage.
You will have also access to unique resources held by the University's Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. The Museum’s rich collections provide exciting opportunities for research, and for developing professional skills valued in the museum world and the cultural sector.
You can specialise in your own areas of interest, through optional modules that explore contemporary curatorial strategies, technologies and media, cultural memory, histories of medicine, audiences, participation and engagement. You will have the option of undertaking a negotiated placement with a museum or heritage organisation.
Through a combination of theory and practice, our graduates are able to develop professional careers in the museums and heritage sector whilst retaining a critical and reflexive eye on their own practice and that of the institutions in which they work.
It will equip you with a good understanding of the issues and approaches to science communication and curation, interpretation and engagement, as well as practical work experience – a combination which is very valuable to employers.
You may consider returning to the School to complete a research degree. Former research students from the School are now forging academic careers in the UK, Canada and the USA.
Students need to have bachelor degree with a 2:1 (Hons) in a relevant subject. Professional experience will also be considered. We expect students to have some experience of volunteering or working in a relevant field. We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications.