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    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    History & Archaeology

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  • Course Duration

    12 Months Full Time, 24 Months Part Time

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  • Last Updated

    29 March 2019

Museum studies allows you to understand all there is to know about showcasing historic artefacts to a variety of different audiences. You are taught by a combination of practical application and focus on history, collections, practises and understanding of the social roles of museums.

MLitt in Museum Studies is ideally situated to take advantage of the University’s own internationally important collections and museums on site and to explore the challenges of showing historic collections. You are given the opportunity to gain practical experience of working in a museum alongside professionals and academic staff and you can study the entire museum experience from research and curation to understanding the business side of the heritage sector.

You are able to study collections from around the world within the university as Aberdeen holds collections within its own museums and galleries. Kings museum provides a constant range of collections and annual event 'Night at the Museum,' the Zoology museum provides all sorts of study materials to help with understanding of animals, and Kings College and MacRobert ArtSpace provides contemporary exhibitions. You can also look at items gifted to Aberdeen, and special collections in the library plus online virtual museums. Materials range from archive manuscripts, paintings, prints and archaeology. The University is 5th oldest in the UK and its beautiful campus and heritage allow you to become inspired in bringing collections to life for current audiences.

Within the city there is an art gallery showcasing major works from all periods and artists globally. There are regular UK wide touring exhibitions showing collections within the city. The region is well known for its castle train with historic artefacts from 'Grand Tours' and wide ranging collections of well known artisans from a wide variety of periods in history. The city itself offers you silver granite grandeur with some impressive architecture and a rich European and world historic trading past. If you want to go further afield Edinburgh and Glasgow provide many of the national museums of Scotland. They feature major global works of art, and special exhibitions year round.  Nearby you can visit National Trust for Scotland and Scottish Heritage properties and a ferry takes you direct from the city centre to Orkney and Shetland, both famed for their world heritage archaeological sites.

Optional courses from the programme allow you to study other related disciplines and gain knowledge within the museum and gallery sector such as understanding more about connoisseurship in art galleries and Art in Scotland, Northern artefacts, New World literature, researching for museum collections, and specific marketing or arts business courses. These are all fascinating and exciting areas with heritage areas.

Courses listed for the programme

Semester 1


  • Museum Practice
  • The Museum Idea


  • Research Skills in Anthropology
  • Marketing Management
  • Art and Business
  • Researching Museum Collections
  • Reviewing Museums
  • Supervised Reading

Semester 2

  • Curating an Exhibition
  • Developing A Theory of Practice: Learning and Museums


  • Managing People at Work
  • The Leadership Challenge
  • Approaching Archives
  • Northern Peoples and Cultures
  • Advanced Archaeological Approaches
  • Curating and Exhibition
  • Developing A Theory of Practice: Learning and Museums

Semester 3

  • Museum Studies

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Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Aberdeen provides you with history, museums, and the opportunity to apply your knowledge within the campus area.
  • You have a great range of optional courses you can choose from depending upon the direction you want to go in and your interests.
  • You are taught by experts in their relevant disciplines all related to the museum and gallery sector

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • Full Time or Part Time
  • 12 Months or 24 Months
  • September

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