Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Museums have been of enormous importance in shaping empires, nations and cities, and their collections are connected to wider histories of conflict and social change. To study museums is to study the development and fierce contestation of our collective cultural imagination and memory. Museum studies is a dynamic and expanding field. If you are interested in developing an in'depth understanding of contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then this is the course for you. You can opt to take a work placement in one of our prestigious partnership museums.

Course Modules

Students take a core module, a research skills module, 2 option modules, a work placement or an independent research project, and a dissertation. Full'time students take the core module and an option in the autumn, 1 option in the spring, a research project or work placement in the summer term, and work on their dissertation from January. Part'time students take a core module in the autumn term, an option module in the spring term, and either a research project or work placement in the summer term; in year 2, part'time students take a second option in autumn and begin work on their dissertation in January. Core module: MA museum cultures (approaches, issues, skills). Option modules: Archives: Contemporary policy and practice; curating as critical practice; ethnographic museums and collections; exhibiting the body; framing and narrating modern art in the museum; museum cultures independent research project; museum cultures work placement; museums and galleries in the digital age: 1970'2010; museums, memory and national identity; nostalgia in the museum landscape; romantic objects.

Course Additional Entry

Good honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). For students with a degree in a subject other than history of art, the 1'year, part'time Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture can be used as a conversion course. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate with merit will normally be guaranteed a place on this programme and do not need to provide an admissions exercise. A written exercise or sample undergraduate essay is required and applicants may be interviewed. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this programme is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub'tests.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £5,375  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MA (Postgraduate) £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
MA (Postgraduate) £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £5,375  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
MRes £11,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
Short Course
Full Time
PgCert £2,000  Whole course. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £1,975  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Part Time Evening
PgCert £3,825  Academic year. First year overseas fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £3,575  Academic year. First year home fees
1 year
Full Time
PgDip £7,650  Academic year. First year overseas fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £2,975  Academic year. First year home fees
2 years
Part Time Evening
PgDip £5,750  Academic year. First year overseas fees