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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Conditions Postgraduate Diploma: You should normally hold a degree in a relevant discipline. However, applications from those without a degree may be considered through accreditation of prior learning or experience. MA: You should preferably hold a good honours degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline. Exceptionally, candidates who do not satisfy these requirements but who, by virtue of considerable relevant experience at an appropriate level, can demonstrate their ability to and benefit from the course, may be admitted. Students who satisfactorily complete the Postgraduate Diploma at the required level will automatically be considered for progress to the MA. An interview may form part of the application process.
  • Academic Title
    Postgraduate Diploma/MA Museum Practice and Management
  • Course description
    The PGDip/MA Museum Practice and Management is delivered to part-time students by the University of Ulster through the School of History and International Affairs. This course has been created in collaboration with the Heritage Council and is designed to develop skills necessary for the Standards and Accreditation Scheme. The degree programme has been designed for individuals seeking to develop their knowledge and understanding of museum practice and management or for those seeking further career development in the museum sector.

    The course content comprises an evaluation of key issues in the contemporary museum sector covering policies and values, and museums as centres of communication and learning. It includes a comprehensive analysis of collections care, and management and strategy in museums.

    Modules are offered in:

    • Museums and Culture: Policies and Values
    • Communication and Learning in the Museum
    • Management and Strategy for the Museum
    • Collection Care and Management

    Modules have been designed to reflect innovative and current research in these areas and will equip both graduates and those already working in the museum sector with the appropriate skills for further academic and professional development.

    The University of Ulster has extensive expertise and experience in delivering courses to the cultural and heritage sectors. As part of this programme, you will benefit from:

    • Modules that draw on national and international examples of best practice
    • Contact with professionals who have a wealth of experience in the museum sector
    • Tutors with proven research acumen and distinguished publishing profile
    • Access to the University of Ulster's well-established and renowned online distance learning facility, Campus One
    • A programme designed to develop the understanding necessary for the standards and accreditation scheme in Ireland and the UK
    • Discussions with colleagues across the museum sector.

    Duration and Mode of Attendance

    This course is available to part-time students currently employed in the museum sector or who have a desire to develop their knowledge and skills in the sector with the intention of furthering their career in the sector. No on-site attendance is required as all tuition is provided online through Campus One.

    The Postgraduate Diploma, awarded on completion of four modules, is two years (four semesters) in duration,

    On successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students may elect continue to MA level. This requires the completion of a research project which takes a further year.

    Candidates have the additional option of taking only two modules for the award for PGCert.

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