Taught course

Curating Science

Institution
University of Leeds · School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A 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 are not looking for extensive periods working in the sector but we do want students to be able to critically reflect on the experience they do have in their personal statement and at interview.

Months of entry

September

Course content

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.

You will become a member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and enjoy the opportunities that membership offers, from networking events and links to alumni, to conferences, seminars and reading groups.

Course tutors include researchers with a background in history of science, science communication and museums and heritage, including collections, curatorial, education and engagement work:

Curating Science is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma or a Postgraduate Certificate. You will study fewer modules and not complete a dissertation.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

This pre-sessional course is designed with a progression route to your degree programme and you’ll learn academic English in the context of your subject area. To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

If you need to study for longer than 10 weeks, read more about our postgraduate pre-sessional English course.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Name
Taught Postgraduate Team
Email
finpg@leeds.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)113 343 5274