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Museum and Heritage Development MA / PGDip

Nottingham Trent University    School of Arts and Humanities

Full time & Part time January, September PGDip, MA One year full-time / two years part-time 31 January 2023

About the course

Museum and Heritage Development is a progressive, interdisciplinary course that combines the academic interrogation of museums and heritage as ideas, organisations and experiences with creative, practice-based approaches to their ongoing development in the 21st Century.

This course is designed and delivered through collaboration with the museum and heritage sector and in partnership with a number of institutions, sites and agencies reflecting the diversity of the sector, including: Museum Development East Midlands, East Midlands Museums Service, Nottingham City Museums and Galleries, Museum of the Mercian Regiment, The Canalside Heritage Centre, National Justice Museum, the National Videogame Arcade, and Barker Langham.

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Entry Requirements

A UK honours (minimum 2.2) degree or equivalent, in any subject area.

Recent practical experience with a professionally run museum or heritage organisation is desirable, but not essential.

Applications from candidates with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered on an individual basis if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience.

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Student Profile(s)

Ashley Bassett

“One of the things that first appealed to me about NTU was how helpful the international team was when I was applying. As an international student you have many questions and it was important that I went to a University that would help make the transition as easy as possible. I applied to a number of universities and very few of them provided the support that NTU did.

“The United States doesn’t have many options when it comes to studying museums, so being able to come to an area with so much history and learn from professionals in the field was a great opportunity.

“The Museum and Heritage Development programme at NTU appealed to me because it provides relevant practical experiences alongside the taught portion of the course. So many jobs, even entry level ones, want candidates that have a certain amount of professional experience. I liked that I would be able to graduate with a degree and CV enhancing experience.

“The academic staff have been so supportive and helpful. They are always willing to take the extra time to ensure that you understand a concept or are on the right track for a project. As a mature student I really appreciate that they also recognize that students have other priorities in life and are willing to work with you.

“I have been able to get involved with some great live projects which have included: setting up an exhibit at the Galleries of Justice where my own work was displayed; collections care at the Mercian Regiment Museum and being involved with a display for Light Night at Nottingham Castle. They have also provided me with a number of networking opportunities and as a result I have made some invaluable contacts.

“I feel like I’ve accomplished so much at NTU. I’ve had so many opportunities and have been able to experience such a diverse range of events. I feel confident that I will be successful in my first job in the field because of what I’ve learned at NTU.

“I would definitely recommend the Museum and Heritage Development course to anyone who wants to make museums their career. The staff are great and the course provides well-rounded training for the museum profession. I had a number of options when I was choosing where to go for my postgraduate degree and I am so glad I chose NTU!”

Sophie Scott

Tell us why you chose to study at NTU. "I completed my history undergraduate degree at Nottingham Trent University in 2015. After spending a year out building up my CV, I knew that I wanted to return to education to develop my skills. I chose NTU because of my experiences in third year, this is when I really flourished, and I developed a good rapport with my tutors. Their passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm played a pivotal part in my decision to return."

What were the key features that attracted you to your course and the University in general? "I was drawn to the fact that it was very hands-on and practice-based. I wanted a course that would help me to build relationships in the sector, and from my research, I could see that the MA at NTU would do just that."

Is there anything that stood out on your course, that wasn’t offered anywhere else you applied? "I was drawn to the experimental nature of the course and did not want anything that was too theoretically heavy. From the literature that was provided online, and the preliminary course info emailed over by the tutors, I could see that the course was extremely interdisciplinary and would enable me to grow in areas that I had little experience of, for example collections care and audience development."

Did you go on any kind of work placement? If so, what did you do? How was this placement arranged? Did it affect your career plans? "I provided essential curatorial and research support to the Canalside Heritage Centre (CHC), which extended past a 4-week placement. I worked closely with trustees to source images and text, and helped to conceptualise the centre’s ‘Curated Content’ display that appeared when the CHC opened at the end of June 2017.

"The work I did on placement and after proved to the trustees and managers how passionate I was about developing the Centre. In November I was told that a post had become available, I applied and a couple of months later I started as the new Community Engagement and Education Officer at the Canalside Heritage Centre."

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