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Fast track your career in the museum and heritage sector

Get the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and sector experience you need to work as a museum and heritage professional.

Choose from a flexible range of qualifications that can all be completed in a year.

Get connected

Join a programme that's an integral part of New Zealand’s museum and heritage sector. It’s been designed for and with the sector to give you the professional development you need for a career in GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) or in heritage management.

Taking advantage of Wellington's rich cultural resources, you’ll head out on numerous field trips and meet with experts from local organisations.

Studying in the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, you’ll learn from academics with strong local and international networks, along with highly qualified professionals drawn from the sector.

Placements build practical experience

Learn on the job. You'll get to do a placement in one of the dozens of organisations involved with the programme and if you're doing the MMHP you'll have the option of doing a longer internship. To get an idea of the opportunities available, read about some of the previous student placements.

You’ll get practical experience, make valuable contacts and learn from working professionals.

Flexible qualifications

Choose from a range of flexible qualifications and courses that balance taught classes and work experience, academic research and professional skills, theory and practice.

The qualifications are part of a tiered family, with each one counting towards the next step. This lets you choose the qualification that best suits your current situation and build on this later should you wish.

Qualification family structure

The Master of Museum and Heritage Practice is part of a tiered family of qualifications. These are staircased so that courses completed for each qualification can count towards the next step.

  • A Postgraduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Practice (PGCertMHP) can lead into:
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Practice (PGDipMHP), which can lead into:
  • A Master of Museum and Heritage Practice (MMHP).

Choose the qualification with the time commitment, course options and career benefits that suit you.

What you'll study

All qualifications

Students studying each of the three qualifications do the core courses:

  • an introductory course
  • a practicum (including a 200-hour placement).

PGDip and Master's

  • If you're doing either a PGDipMHP or MMHP, you'll choose an additional 60 points from approved courses.
  • The introductory course, practicum and approved courses are normally done in Trimesters one and two as full-year courses. They make up Part One of the MMHP.

Master's

For Part Two of the MMHP, you'll do either:

  • a research essay and a project, or
  • an internship (600-hour placement).

Part Two is usually completed after Part One.

Workload

If you are studying full-time you can expect a workload of 40–45 hours a week for much of the year. Part-time students doing two courses per trimester will need to do around 20–23 hours of work a week. Make sure you take this into account if you are working.

You can estimate your workload by adding up the number of points you'll be doing. One point is roughly equal to 10–12 hours work.

Duration

The MMHP can be completed in 12 months or three trimesters of full-time study, or in two to four years part-time study. The Diploma and Certificate can both be completed in a full year.

Community

Postgraduate study at Victoria will help you build valuable relationships with peers, university staff and future colleagues, and become part of a strong professional network.

You’ll be part of a small, friendly and supportive postgraduate programme and have access to the postgraduate room and printing facilities.

Kick off your study with a three-day wānanga. Experience a pōwhiri, stay on a marae and learn about tikanga Māori alongside members of the museum and heritage sector.

You'll have opportunities to attend and present to seminars, conferences, workshops and social functions.

The Postgraduate Students' Association can give you information on study at Victoria and provides a voice for you on campus.

Careers

Past students have been snapped up for a wide range of roles in the sector, including exhibition developer, collection manager, gallery manager, curator, researcher, registrar, interpreter and educator. They're working in museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, government and community and heritage organisations all around New Zealand. Other students have embarked on academic careers, building on their research work.

Find out more about museum and heritage careers

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