Museum Studies

University College Cork

Museum Studies

This MA is designed for those who wish to enter the museum or heritage centre profession In Ireland or abroad, or who wish to pursue PhD research in museology and related fields. The course provides a balance of theory and practice for students from a range of academic backgrounds, with emphasis on graduates of archaeology and history, and other closely cognate humanities and social science disciplines.

Our programme is made up of taught courses, supervised work placements in museums, the production of a temporary museum exhibition, and a research dissertation.

Subjects taught

Part A
Semester I

AR6022 The Museum in the 21st century (5 Credits)
AR6028 Museum Curation (5 Credits)
AR6025 Museums and the Public (5 Credits)
Semester II

AR6023 The Museum Environment (5 Credits)
AR6032 Museum Administration (5 Credits)
AR6026 Work Placement 1 (10 credits)

Part B
AR6029 Work Placement 2 (10 credits)
AR6030 The Exhibition Experience (10 credits)
AR6027 Dissertation in Museum Studies (35 credits)

Entry requirements

Second Class Honours Grade II in a primary honours degree (NFQ, Level 8) from a recognized third-level institution, in one of the following disciplines: Archaeology, Anthropology, Folklore, History, Heritage Studies or Local Studies.

Applications will also be considered under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) from graduates in other disciplines who have a demonstrable interest and/or experience in museum work. All applicants will be interviewed.

Application dates

Closing Date
Rolling deadline. Open until all places have been filled. Early application is advised.


1 year full-time.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 9 September 2024

Post Course Info

Skills and Careers Information
This programme supports a recognised profession internationally, one that has a strategic role in state policy on cultural heritage and tourism. Our graduates acquire a systematic and critical understanding of museum practice and theory. On this programme you will have acquired direct experience of practices, procedures and policies in the contemporary museum, and will apply a critical awareness of current issues in the field (including professional ethics) to best professional practice. At an applied level you will also acquire an awareness of all that is involved in the design and management of modern museums.

Our graduates work in the museum and heritage sector in Ireland, Britain, Europe, Canada, US and the Middle East. They are employed in Museum Management, Education, Curation and Administration.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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