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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 Third Sub Session Credit Points 60 credits (30 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Jennifer Walklate

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

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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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

Project Report/Dissertation

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 100
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Learning Outcomes
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Formative Assessment

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Course Learning Outcomes

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