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Overview

You will engage with current debates in art and museum practice, alongside studies of science, to encourage new understandings of art and science for the 21st Century. Students are supported to develop innovative practices of participative engagement, through lectures, seminars and action learning and hands-on experience.

You will undertake a range of active learning activities from developing displays, programmes and events to developing digital content and designing your own research projects. You will be supported by an interdisciplinary academic staff team from museum and curatorial studies and the histories and philosophies of science, as well as professionals from our partner institutions.

Students can specialise in their own areas of interest, through choosing from an array of optional modules that explore contemporary curatorial strategies, technologies and media, cultural memory, histories of medicine, audiences, participation and engagement. You will have the option of undertaking a negotiated placement with a museum or heritage organisation.

Students become members of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and enjoy the opportunities that membership offers, from networking events and links to alumni, to conferences, seminars and reading groups.

Course content

The History and Theory of Modern Science Communication allows you to explore how science, technology and medicine have been communicated to a wider public in the past. You will identify how the processes and purposes of science communication has changed over the last two centuries and debate the consequences for science communication of the introduction of new media, ranging from the radio to the internet. The module addresses these questions by surveying the development of science communication since 1750, and by examining the changing theoretical perspectives that have underpinned these developments. You will learn to re-examine the processes of contemporary science communication in the light of a deeper understanding of this history.

In Interpretations, you will work on a interpretative intervention with one of the archives and collections on campus. This experience prepares you for the option of undertaking a negotiated work placement or optional modules exploring audiences, participation or engagement in semester 2.

In Critical Issues, you are supported to locate interpretive, conservation, curatorial or marketing practices in the context of current academic and professional debates. Through a number of tailored strands – covering contemporary art, heritage, and curating science and technology – you will develop your own mini-research project which prepares your dissertation.

Through our Advanced Research Skills modules, you are equipped to undertake assessments and ultimately develop your own research project. The modules build to a symposium in semester 2 where you can present initial research findings towards a dissertation on a research topic of interest.

In addition, students choose from a range of modules offered by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. These include the opportunity to complete a placement or consultancy project role.

Modules

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Research Skills 1
  • Advanced Research Skills 2
  • Interpretations
  • Critical Issues
  • History & Theory of Modern Science Communication
  • Curating Science individual project

Optional modules (selection of typical options shown below)

  • Jewish Museums and the Display of Cultural Difference
  • Intersecting Practices: Questioning the Intersection of Contemporary Art and Heritage
  • Art & Money: the modern and contemporary art markets
  • Encountering Things: Art and Entanglement in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Anthropology, Art and Representation
  • Humanity, Animality and Globality
  • Historical Skills and Practices
  • The Origin of Modern Medicine (Birth of the Clinic)
  • Audience Engagement and Impact

Learning and teaching

You will be taught by leading researchers and experienced practitioners in their fields, and you’ll benefit from a range of teaching and learning methods. They include lectures and seminars, gallery and museum visits, group learning sessions as well as hands-on experience of specific collections in library sessions.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods including essays, presentations, assignments and literature reviews among others, depending on the modules you choose.

Applying, fees and funding

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for this programme may be able to study our postgraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.

To find out more, read Language for Arts and Humanities (6 weeks) and Language for Social Science and Arts: Arts and Humanities (10 weeks).

How to apply

APPLY (FULL TIME) 

APPLY (PART TIME) 

Documents and information you need

  • Your degree certificate and transcripts, or a partial transcript if you are still studying
  • Two academic references
  • A personal statement
  • Evidence of your English language qualifications if English is not your first subject
  • You may also choose to submit a CV.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students.

Fees

  • UK/EU: £9,000 (total)
  • International: £19,000 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Part-time fees are normally calculated based on the number of credits you study in a year compared to the equivalent full-time course. For example, if you study half the course credits in a year, you will pay half the full-time course fees for that year.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more at Masters funding overview.

Career opportunities

Through a combination of theory and practice, the course will produce graduates who are able to develop professional careers in the museums and heritage sector whilst retaining a critical and reflexive eye on their own practice and that of the institutions in which they work.

It will equip you with a good understanding of the issues and approaches to science communication and curation, interpretation and engagement, as well as practical work experience ― a combination which is very valuable to employers.


Visit the Curating Science MA page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

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