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Taught in collaboration with museum professionals, this Masters in Museum Studies: Theory & Practice helps you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of today’s versatile museum professional. You’ll gain a unique professional perspective through a range of courses involving staff from various heritage organisations, including The Hunterian and Glasgow Museums. You’ll learn about the many and varied opportunities and challenges facing today’s museums, with an emphasis on visitor studies, interpretation and learning, operational issues and the role of information technology.

Why this programme

  • Glasgow’s civic and university collections are some of the richest and most diverse in Europe and are of international standing. The University’s own Hunterian Museum and Art gallery is the oldest public museum in Scotland and has extensive holdings covering fine art, geology, anatomy and the history of medicine.
  • You’ll be able to choose from a range of courses involving staff from The Hunterian and Glasgow Museums, giving you a strong insight into professional and practical issues in the museum and cultural sector . 
  • You will have the opportunity to work with collections from local museums, including the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery.
  • The new facilities at Kelvin Hall provide opportunities for developing professional skills including collection management, object-handling, interpretation and public engagement.
  • Our partnerships with local and international museums and heritage organisations provide great opportunities to gain practical experience, including work placements.

Programme structure

You’ll take:

  • Three core courses
  • Three optional courses

You’ll also produce a research-based assessment over the summer. This can be either a dissertation or a work placement-based research project, depending on what optional courses you choose.

Semester 1: September to December

  • Introduction to Museology 
  • Research & Professional Skills
  • Museum Interpretation and Learning 

Semester 2: January to March

  • Optional course
  • Optional course
  • Optional course

Summer: April to September

Dissertation or Research and Development Placement

Find out more about core and optional courses

Programme alteration or discontinuation

The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist in a variety of roles within the cultural heritage sector; these include museums and galleries as well as historic houses, heritage sites and consultancy. Roles range from front of house, education and outreach to collections management, curation, marketing and management.


Visit the Museum Studies: Theory & Practice (Msc) page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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