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The MA in Museum and Gallery Practice is an immersive, hands-on programme providing students with the knowledge and professional skills required to become a future cultural leader locally in Qatar and internationally.

About this degree

The programme is unique in its focus on Qatar and the Arab world as well as more broadly on museums in non-western contexts. Key areas of museum theory and practice are taught, providing students with knowledge, understanding and skills in areas such as exhibition development, museum management as well as education and community engagement.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

Students take four core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Compulsory modules

  • Principles of Museum and Gallery Practice
  • Exhibition Project
  • Museum Learning and Community Engagement
  • Collections Care and Management
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Students choose three from the following:

  • Management of Museums and Galleries: Policies and Practice
  • Debates in Contemporary Art Curation
  • Materials vs. Culture
  • Digital Cultural Heritage
  • Placement
  • Cultural Heritage, Ethics and Law
  • Cultural Institutions Management
  • Sustainability and Museums
  • Museum and Heritage Institution Practices in the Arab World
  • Digital Resources in the Humanities


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and structured reading. Students can undertake a 20-day professional placement. Assessment is through essays, presentations, portfolios, reports, oral examination and the dissertation.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.


UCL Qatar is keen to make education accessible to all, and we are pleased to offer a range of funding opportunities to successful candidates. For more details on funding opportunities and application procedures, please visit UCL Qatar's website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates of this programme will gain an in-depth historical and theoretical background in museums and cultural heritage as well as experience in a range of relevant technical skills. They will be trained in all aspects of museums work, including collections management, education and community outreach, emerging digital technologies, exhibition design and interpretation. Graduates will be familiar with regional and global cultural heritage practices.


There is an increasing need for qualified professionals with expertise in museums in the Gulf. We expect graduates to go on to assume leading roles within museums and galleries in Qatar and elsewhere in the region and internationally, including in management, collection building, curation education and community engagment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This programme offers a unique balance of museum theory and practice. All students participate in the Exhibition Project core module to deliver a public exhibition to professional standards in a team environment. Students learn and apply fundamental principles of museum practice such as collections care, text writing, project management, exhibition design and evaluation.

Museums are flourishing in Qatar and the region and this programme provides unmatched opportunities to network with leading local museum and heritage professionals.

Students have an opportunity to take a 20-day professional placement locally in Qatar or internationally. This opportunity enables students to practically apply their academic knowledge, learn new methods and gain valuable work experience.

Department: UCL Qatar


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. Further information can be found at:

Who can apply?

Students enter this programme with a wide range of undergraduate qualifications or professional backgrounds, including; archaeology, architecture, anthropology, history, fine arts, design, photography, social science and humanties. This programme is suitable for candidates who want to gain the skills necessary to pursue further critical research or develop a career as a cultural professional in the Gulf region or beyond.

Application deadlines

27 June 2019

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Museum and Gallery Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Museum and Gallery Practice at UCL Qatar
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Visit the Museum and Gallery Practice MA page on the University College London website for more details!