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Museum and Gallery Practice - MA

Course Description

This MA at UCL Qatar equips students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to assume a career as a leading museum professional within Qatar, the wider Gulf region or further afield. Through practical placements, students will gain a unique insight into the developing local and international museum sector.

Degree information

This programme introduces the theories and practices of museology, emphasising their significance and relevance in the Gulf region and beyond. Key areas of museum studies are taught, such as collections management, museum, gallery and site management, exhibition development, contemporary art debates, visual studies, education and emerging digital technologies.

This MA has a total value of 180 credits.

Students take five core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules
-Exhibition Project
-Interdisciplinary Methods for Heritage Research
-Museums Policies and Practices
-Principles of Museum and Gallery Practice

Optional modules
-Museum Theory and Practice: Identities, Politics and Power
-Museum Learning, Outreach and Public Engagement
-Debates in Contemporary Art Curation
-The Digital Museum
-Placement I
-Placement II
-The Book in the World

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical sessions, and structured reading. Students undertake a 20-day professional placement. Assessment is through essays, presentations, portfolios, reports, oral examination and the dissertation.


Graduates of this programme will gain an in-depth historical and theoretical background in museums and cultural heritage as well as experience in a range of relevant technical skills. They will be trained in all aspects of museums work, including collections management, education and community outreach, emerging digital technologies, exhibition design and interpretation. Graduates will be familiar with regional and global cultural heritage practices.

There is an increasing need for qualified professionals with expertise in museums in the Gulf. We expect graduates to go on to assume leading roles within museums and galleries in Qatar and elsewhere in the region and internationally, including in management, collection building, curation and outreach.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Museums are flourishing in Qatar and the region, and this programme provides unmatched opportunities to network with leading local museums and heritage professionals.

UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the world's most prestigious institutions. International students benefit from the unique cultural experience of studying in Qatar, where the diverse range of cultural backgrounds ensures that unique perspectives are brought to classroom discussions.

The programme suits students with a genuine interest and curiosity about museums and heritage in the Arab and Islamic world.

Visit the Museum and Gallery Practice - MA page on the University College London website for more details!

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Louisa Brandt

"The increased importance of a country’s cultural heritage and museum sector is a global phenomenon but nowhere is the trend as evident as in Qatar. I decided to apply to UCL Qatar because I am interested in the fast museum developments in the Arabian Gulf countries and the use of cultural heritage in creating an internal sense of community, international diplomacy and state branding. The locally tailored Museum and Gallery Practice program at UCL Qatar has truly deepened my understanding of current heritage issues and trends from an international perspective, but with a strong Arabic and Islamic focus."


Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university, a GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0 (US system), or another overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Degree class requirement could be waived for candidates with other exceptional qualifications, such as substantial professional experience in related fields.

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