This well-established programme at Ulster University is delivered through the School of Arts and Humanities and is taught on the Belfast campus.
It has many links with the museum and heritage profession in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and students have the advantage of meeting with practitioners through lectures and visits. Graduates have been successful in securing positions in the museum and heritage sectors in the UK, Ireland and internationally - we frequently invite past students as guest speakers, sharing their knowledge and expertise of career development.
The degree programme has been designed for individuals seeking further career development in the heritage and museum sectors, as well for graduates of Art and Design, Art History, Geography, History, Archaeology, Sociology and allied disciplines, who wish to develop their research interests in these fields. There is a track record of graduates achieving funding for further research.
Key areas of investigation in this MA include:
Policy concerns relating to heritage, museum and cultural sectors in UK and Ireland;
Analysis of the social, economic and cultural contexts of museums and heritage;
Exploration of issues in relation to collections care; exhibitions; learning and management in the heritage sectors; and,
Consideration of national issues in the international context.
Modules have been designed to reflect innovative and current research in these areas and will equip both graduates and those already working in the heritage sectors with the appropriate skills for further academic and professional development.
Teaching and learning assessment
This course is delivered by academics in the fields of museum and heritage studies and the arts. We invite practitioners as guest lecturers on the programme. All assessment is by coursework.
Work placement / study abroad
We will support you in finding a work placement, which you complete alongside your studies. In the past students have had placements at National Museums Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Museums Council, local museums, Linen Hall Library, PRONI and the National Trust. There is also the opportunity to use your volunteering to inform assignments and as a basis of your dissertation research.