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MA Innovation and Leadership in Museum Practice

Course Description

Course Overview

Birmingham School of Art works together with Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) to deliver this unique course. BMT holds a world-class collection of art, history and science and attracts over a million visitors each year. A year-long placement is embedded into your course, giving you an amazing opportunity to learn at England’s largest museum trust, across nine award-wining museums and heritage sites, including six unique listed buildings and one scheduled ancient monument. You will also have access to world-class collections as a resource for learning and research.
The course will create industry-ready professionals by providing you with educational excellence combined with practical experience, a combination becoming more and more essential for entry to a career pathway in the cultural heritage sector.

Course Content

You'll learn about the importance that innovation plays in 21st century museum operations as the course will introduce you to the three vital strands of contemporary museum practice:

-Innovative Collections Management
-Innovative Learning and Programming
-Leadership and Heritage Site Management

You'll work and learn in a museum environment alongside leading museum professionals and apply research to real-life situations with the public. You will have the opportunity to explore the three core strands from which you will select a particular route for further development.


There is a strong demand for graduates in this sector with theoretical knowledge well informed by practice-based learning, which can be a main barrier to employment in museums. This course will provide an in-depth experience, engaging in practice with live projects within a museum environment, generating real public impact. Modules have been developed to address this need.

Visit the MA Innovation and Leadership in Museum Practice page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art or Art and Design, or other Arts-based Degree course, related subject (2:2 minimum qualification) or equivalent prior experience. Indicatively (but not exclusively) candidates interested in these courses in this programme will include artists, writers, performers, historians, critics, theorists, curators, project managers, cultural producers, activists, educators, health workers and community arts workers. We also welcome applications from those mature applicants who may not satisfy the normal entry requirements.

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