This course enables you to carry out an original piece of research in museum, gallery and heritage studies. As a research student you will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers and academics at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, fully supported by world expert supervisors.
MPhil and PhD students in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies are based in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching at Newcastle.
ICCHS is internationally renowned for its research, securing significant support (around £3m since 2008) from a variety of funders, such as the UK Research Councils and the European Commission. We have a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.
Our academic supervisors have significant experience and expertise in interdisciplinary research and practice in the UK and abroad. Through our emphasis on empirical research and having a grounding in professional practice, our research alumni have been successful in securing careers in academia, governmental organisations, and the cultural and creative industry sectors worldwide.
Cultural politics and policy: factors that determine how cultural policy is constructed, institutionally, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; how management strategies affect heritage resources; the impact of large-scale constitutional change upon cultural policy; intended and unintended consequences of implementing international conventions, charters and instruments; contribution of research to cultural policy construction; the intersection of political movements and agendas with heritage; definitions and attributed values of heritage
Identity, community and place: construction and representation of identities, places and communities through heritage; how heritage is used by, and for, communities; relationships between notions of place and identities, communities, and heritages locally regionally, nationally and internationally; principles of community museology and ecomuseology practice in different contexts; relationships between heritage tourism and identities, communities and places; identities produced through the consumption of heritage; relationship between identity construction and wellbeing.
Media and representation: how media works in heritage organisations and how organisations work as media; factors shaping the production, morphology and consumption of media and media representations in heritage organisations; representations made possible through institutional technologies specific to heritage organisations and how they are analysed to understand culture, society and knowledge; study and design of digital heritage applications and digital cultural engagement.
Training and Skills
As a research student you will receive a tailored package of academic and administrative support to ensure you maximise your research and future career. The academic information is in the programme profile and you will be supported by our doctoral training centres, Faculty Training Programme and Research Student Support Team.
For further information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/museum-gallery-heritage-studies-mphil-phd/#training&skills
How to apply
For course application information see http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/museum-gallery-heritage-studies-mphil-phd/#howtoapply
A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent. If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in speaking).