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Last modified: 22 May 2019 17:07

Course Overview

As a practice-based alternative to a dissertation, students take part in a 20 day placement in a museum or gallery followed by writing an 8,000 word Museum Studies Project. Some students opt for a four-week placement in the early summer, while others choose to make a regular arrangement to volunteer in a local museum during term-time. Placements are offered in a range of museums in Scotland, but students can also identify other possibilities themselves.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Neil Curtis

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course builds on the skills and knowledge acquired in taught courses in the MLitt Museums Studies programme. In completing their project, students will be expected successfully complete a minimum 20 day placement in a relevant museum or art gallery (to be approved in advance by the course co-ordinator) and identify a topic for study during their placement. The written project will demonstrate that they can conduct advanced library research, prepare literature reviews situating their project in its wider academic and professional context and write and edit large pieces of work. In addition, they will be required to assess the ethical issues involved in original research and working with the public. All students will receive staff supervision in identifying a suitable topic and in completing a project.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

8,000 word project (100%), following a successful approved placement of at least 20 days in a museum or art gallery.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.



Course Learning Outcomes


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