This renowned Museum Studies course is based on leading museum studies research and practice. It has been designed by experts in the field, who have been involved in expanding the academic discipline of museum studies over many years. The course covers the major theoretical, methodological and professional themes at the forefront of contemporary museum studies. The distance learning mode of delivery enables you to creatively and thoughtfully apply the knowledge gained from the course within specific professional contexts.
The subjects covered on the course are incredibly wide ranging, reflecting a very broad but increasingly specialised museums and galleries sector. We explore the contested purposes of museums in society, as well as the nature of the objects, collections, and communities that have underpinned their development, and shape their ethical challenges as well as their future possibilities. Throughout the course, we approach museums and galleries critically and seek to broaden our horizons on what the museum might become. At the same time, the course is focused on the development of the skills and values necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing sector. We consider the way museums communicate, the way they are staffed and marketed, the way exhibitions and learning programmes are developed and designed, the way visitors experience and shape museums, and the way we manage resources, information, and collections. The course also develops critical skills in preventive conservation and the care of collections.
You will be introduced to both cutting-edge research in museum studies and examples of best practice in the profession. Within each module of study, the examples and activities will allow you to relate the ideas and skills discussed to your own area of specialism. We actively encourage you to draw on your own professional or academic interests at each stage of the course, and share your knowledge and ideas with others.
- Museum Communities and Contexts
- Managing Resources in the Museum
- Museum Communication and Audiences
- Museum Projects: the Case of Exhibition and Interpretive Planning