Taught course

Museum Studies: Theory and Practice

University of Glasgow · School of Humanities

Entry requirements

A 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification (for example, GPA 3.0 or above) in a relevant subject unless otherwise specified.

Months of entry


Course content

Taught in collaboration with museum professionals, this Masters in Museum Studies: Theory & Practice helps you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of today’s versatile museum professional. You’ll gain a unique professional perspective through a range of courses involving staff from various heritage organisations, including The Hunterian and Glasgow Museums. You’ll learn about the many and varied opportunities and challenges facing today’s museums, with an emphasis on visitor studies, interpretation and learning, operational issues and the role of information technology.

Why this programme?

  • 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 and Art gallery 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 and Glasgow Museums, giving you a strong insight into professional and practical issues in the museum and cultural sector .
  • You will have the opportunity to work with collections from local museums, including the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.
  • The new 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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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