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University of Glasgow, Full Time MSc Degrees in Information Services

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The programme provides you with an understanding of contemporary information and records management issues. It pays special attention to the management of digital records and electronic resources, and how to manage these alongside analogue resources. Read more
The programme provides you with an understanding of contemporary information and records management issues. It pays special attention to the management of digital records and electronic resources, and how to manage these alongside analogue resources.

Why this programme

-The programme is designed for those with a vocational interest in records management, archives and digital curation. It will prepare you to work in these fields, and give you a thorough grounding for continuing with research.
-You will complete a two-week work placement in an archive, records management or digital repository.
-As a graduate you will be eligible to be accredited by both the Archives & Records Association and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), providing valuable professional recognition in both the archive and library fields.

Programme structure

You will develop skills in the core competencies of archives, records, and information management, creating and managing digital records, digital curation and preservation issues, archival theory, user needs, and description,
cataloguing, and navigation.

The programme consists of six courses spread over two semesters. You will take courses in:
-Archives and records information management
-Records and evidence
-Description, cataloguing and navigation
-Management, curation and preservation of digital materials.

Optional courses include:
-2D digitisation
-Law for cultural heritage institutions
-Archives and records theory
-Records and the transition to the digital
-Palaeography
-Phenomenology.

To graduate with the MSc you will also need to complete a course in research methods and professional studies, and produce a dissertation.

Career prospects

As a graduate, you will be well placed for a career as an archivist, records manager or digital curator within a variety of public and private organisations.

Positions held by recent graduates include Assistant Archivist and Records Manager.

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The Masters in Museum Studies will help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of today’s versatile museum professional. Read more
The Masters in Museum Studies will help you develop the knowledge, understanding and skills required of today’s versatile museum professional. It has been designed in conjunction with employers to meet their needs for well-rounded museum professionals trained in the latest theoretical and practical approaches.

Why this programme

-Glasgow’s civic and university collections are the richest and most diverse outside of London and are of international standing.
-Taught alongside staff from the University's own museum and art gallery, The Hunterian, the degree programme provides a combination of academic and practitioner input.
-If you want to develop a career in the cultural heritage sector, this programme has been developed for you.
-Three versions of the degree allow you follow standard or specialist strands.
-There are great opportunities for you to take practice based courses or work placements at the museums and galleries that partner the programme.
-We welcome applicants from across the arts and sciences, current professionals or career changers, from the UK or abroad.

Programme structure

Three different strands of the MSc Museum Studies are offered. The Theory and Practice strand is our standard Museum Studies programme where the museum itself is the primary object of study.

Two specialist strands: Collecting and Provenance; and Artefact and Material Culture, enable you to combine courses in Museum Studies with specialist courses from Masters programmes provided by Archaeology and History of Art.

Each strand will give you a different mix of core and optional courses. All students take two 20 credit common core courses in Museology and Research and Professional Skills. You also take four 20 credit courses from your strand (a combination of strand core and optional courses) and one 60 credit research project.

Core and optional courses

Strands

Theory and Practice
-Museum Interpretation and Learning (Core)
-Museum Practice
-Heritage and Cultural Informatics
-Curating the Sciences
-American Material Culture
-Phenomenology
-2D Digitisation
-Approaching the Ancient World
-Work Placement
-Hunterian Exhibition Course
-International Trafficking in Cultural Objects

Collecting and Provenance (in conjunction with History of Art)
-Cultures of Collecting (Core)
-Object Biography
-Provenance
-Collecting and Display
-Restitution
-2D Digitisation
-Approaching the Ancient World
-Work Placement
-Hunterian Exhibition Course
-International Trafficking in Cultural Objects

Artefact and Material Culture (in conjunction with Archaeology)
-Material Culture in Context (Core)
-Process of Artefact Studies (Core)
-Critical Themes in the Display and Reception of Objects
-Science Based Analysis of Archaeological Material
-Early Medieval Artefacts
-Viking & Late Norse Artefacts
-2D Digitisation
-Approaching the Ancient World
-Work Placement
-Hunterian Exhibition Course
-International Trafficking in Cultural Objects

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.

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This Masters in Film Curation focuses on the history and future of the audience’s engagement with film of all kinds. It investigates the material qualities of audio-visual media and explores the history and contemporary practice of projection and exhibition, in cinemas, galleries, festivals and online. Read more
This Masters in Film Curation focuses on the history and future of the audience’s engagement with film of all kinds. It investigates the material qualities of audio-visual media and explores the history and contemporary practice of projection and exhibition, in cinemas, galleries, festivals and online. The programme includes a mandatory work placement with one of our external partners as well as opportunities for creative practice.

Why this programme

-The city of Glasgow is a unique hub of international cultural and creative activity offering unparalleled access to galleries, museums, cinemas, music venues and film festivals.
-Collaborators who will offer work placements and visiting speakers include the National Library of Scotland’s Moving Image Archive, Glasgow Film Theatre, Lux Scotland, the Gallery of Modern Art, as well as film festivals such as Africa in Motion and Document.
Students will have access to the Collections Study Centre at the Kelvin Hall offering state of the art facilities and study space in close proximity to the Moving Image Archive.
-The programme will draw on the world leading research and teaching of staff in film and television studies at Glasgow and includes expert contributions from a variety of external cultural organisations.

Programme structure

Students will take:
-2 core courses
-1 mandatory special project/work placement course
-2 optional academic courses
-Dissertation or creative project.

Teaching methods will include lectures and seminars, visiting speakers will offer workshops and seminars, there will be field trips organised to archives and festivals, and students will be assessed through a variety of methods including practice based activities, oral presentations as well as different written assignments.

Core and optional courses

Core courses:
-The Material of Film Curation
-The Practice of Film Curation
-Work placement/creative project

Optional courses - Students are expected to take 2 academic options offered by Film and Television Studies and the School of Culture and Creative Arts. They will be encouraged to take MLitt/MSc level options but may select one Honours option with the agreement of the programme convenor. Optional courses may include:
-Festivals
-Film Tourism
-Experimental Media
-Audio Visual Criticism
-Animation
-Film History
-Film Authorship

Career prospects

This programme is designed to provide students with a range of skills that will allow them to develop as creative and cultural entrepreneurs; as outreach officers in museums, archives or galleries; in film festivals, as programmers or curators; researchers for the film and television industries; as creative practitioners; or prepare them for future academic research.

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