Museum Practice & Management - Online

Ulster University - Belfast

Museum Practice & Management - Online

Museums are vital cultural destinations, where we go to get a deeper understanding of place, communities, and how we connect with each other. They are places of discovery and learning, with potential for challenge and cultural activism. Key aspects of this programme include:

• Understanding the context in which museums operate
• The learning and communication role of the museum
• Planning and development for the museum
• Caring for and developing our collections

The programme shares best practice and expertise in various aspects of museum studies, cultural management, exhibition practice, and care of collections. The modules draw upon the expectations of the museum standards programmes in the UK and Ireland and present these within an international context. Lectures include discussion points on key issues concerning the museum profession globally, enabling you to engage with your peers and your tutor. The course team are either senior academics in Ulster University or senior staff in the museum.

Work placement / study abroad
On request, we work with students and local museums or heritage properties to arrange work placements.

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Subjects taught

Year one
• Museums and Culture
• Management and Strategy for the Museum

Year two
• Communication and Learning in the Museum
• Collections Care and Management

Year three
• MA Research Project

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions
To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

Entry Requirements
Postgraduate Diploma: You should normally hold a degree in a relevant discipline.

MA: You should preferably hold a good honours degree in a relevant discipline.

Exceptionally, candidates who do not satisfy these requirements may, by virtue of relevant experience or learning, be admitted. Students who satisfactorily complete the Postgraduate Diploma at the required level will automatically be considered for progress to the MA. An interview may form part of the application process.

Application dates

Your Application
Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").


This course is taught online so you can study where you want, when you want.

Enrolment dates

Start Dates: September 2024 and January 2025

Post Course Info

Career options
The majority of the students on this programme are working the museum or related sectors, recent examples being libraries, archives, education or community arts/ heritage. Those working in the sector want to learn more about museum practice and theory. Others are keen to enter the sector and the programme provides invaluable learning about the work of museums, the challenges they face, and professional requirements. All students gain a lot from discussion with their peers and tutors. In addition, the Course Director can advise you on finding a work placement in a museum.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters at UK Level 7,Postgraduate Diploma at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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