Museums Practice MSc

Overview
Learning
Assessment
Careers
Entry Requirements

Overview

Why study Museums Practice at Shrewsbury?

In studying Museums Practice you will have access to a wide range of resources, such as museum services and their collections across Shrewsbury and Shropshire. There are also strong links to a number of heritage organisations and their resources including English Heritage and the National Trust. With a focus on museums practice, we aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to operate within the broader heritage industry and institutional contexts, such as museums, but also with heritage and planning agencies, local authorities and international organisations, private enterprises and civic organisations.

Our course blends theory and practice, with opportunity to become involved in field studies, gaining ‘hands-on’ experience and to participate in research projects with real life outputs. Teaching methods draw on a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and field visits. You will also benefit from the contribution of practising museum and heritage professionals.

Learning

Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

What will I learn?

You will be provided with a wealth of knowledge relating to the competences needed to meet the multiple challenges of contemporary museum management. The Museums Practice course will equip you with the competencies to work with a wide variety of museum collections, in varying cultural contexts. The course will have the advantage of employing a practice-based case study with the new multi-million pound museum and art gallery development at the heart of Shrewsbury, as well as museum based visitor attractions throughout the county of Shropshire.

The programme modules include:

Research Skills in Heritage:
This provides a heritage-specific Masters-level research skills module, providing you with the necessary tools for Masters-level research in heritage and museums.

Collections Management:
This module provides an advanced-level introduction and assessment of current debate and practices within the museum collections management to equip you for Masters-level research.

Interpretation Practice:
Drawing on current research in museum studies and museology, this module explores interpretation practice concepts in the contemporary cultural, socio-economic and political climate of the British Isles.

Research Project:
This is a flexible module involving staff supervision of student-led learning in the design and execution of a research project. The project will involve data acquisition, analysis of museology concepts, and practice focusing on museums and museum collections. This may involve a placement at a museum. Students on the course have worked on designing interpretation for historic churches in South Wales, education materials at Shrewsbury's internationally important Flaxmill and the 'Chester Unlocked' project to widen access to museum collections.

Dissertation:
An essential and important aspect of the course is the dissertation. It serves to provide detailed research into your chosen area of research interest. It will involve research into museum practice and museology.

Assessment

Assessments include:

  • written coursework (such as essays, reviews, reports – including group work)
  • oral presentations (both individual and group work).

These assessments are designed to measure the key skills which you should acquire at Master's-level study, such as:

  • communication
  • working with others
  • problem solving.

Careers

One of the things that make a Museums Practice at Shrewsbury different is the strong practical element. Each module is designed with a practice-based element at its core, which gives our students skills they can take to the museum job market.

However, although the focus is on providing the skills necessary to work in museums, graduates of this course receive an intellectual training which is both creative and methodical. They learn and are assessed in things that employers value, such as:

  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • communication skills
  • written skills.

Consequently, careers in a broad range of occupations, including:

  • business
  • administration
  • management
  • law
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • the arts
  • teaching
  • librarianship and archives may also be followed.

Entry Requirements

Extra Information
  • Possession of a good, second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification is required.
     
  • Equivalence will be reviewed by an interview panel and prior experience in the museum and heritage sectors will be taken into account alongside academic qualifications. The interview panel also reserves the right to ask potential candidates to submit a piece of written work for consideration, if appropriate.
     
  • Decisions concerning the allocation of credit, either for admission or advanced standing, will be the responsibility of a Credit Allocation Panel. Credit value will be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning completed within the previous five years, and through which an applicant can demonstrate prior achievement of learning outcomes related to one or more of the course modules.  
     
  • A student seeking advanced standing must apply before enrolment.

Course content enquiries

Dr James Pardoe

Director of Design, Heritage and the Built Environment

  • Email: j.pardoe@chester.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44(0)1244 512153