MA in Museum Studies
University College Cork, Ireland
About This Program
This Museum Studies Master of Arts degree represents the first museum training course offered by any third-level institution in the Republic of Ireland. There is considerable activity in the sector, with some 460 museums and heritage centres registered by the Irish Museums Associations. The diversity of museums at a national, regional/county and local level creates a demand for training and viable employment prospects.
The aim of this one-year taught masters degree is to provide a broad academic and professional training in all aspects of museum design, management and education, while encouraging students to reflect critically on the relevance of these institutions in the contemporary world.
This MA is designed for those who wish to enter the museum or heritage centre profession In Ireland or abroad, or who wish to pursue PhD research in museology and related fields. The course provides a balance of theory and practice for students from a range of academic backgrounds, with emphasis on graduates of archaeology and history, and other closely cognate humanities and social science disciplines.
The MA programme is made up of taught courses, supervised work placements in museums, the production of a temporary museum exhibition and a research dissertation
Lectures take place every Monday (apart from Bank holidays) over six months from October to March, with an average of six class hours each teaching day. You will attend additional computer lab practicals, and a number of one-day excursions organized on different dates.
The Department of Archaeology will arrange all work placements for students. Placements are unpaid and you will be bearing the costs of participation in terms of travel and accommodation expenses. The amount will vary depending on the location of the museum concerned.
The taught modules are examined through continuous assessment, using a combination of class tests, presentations, essays and projects. The work placements are assessed by a Placement Report Portfolio, while the dissertation requires the submission of a 20,000 word written dissertation
This MA course will enable you to develop knowledge and understanding of the history, theory and practice of museums, and will prepare you for future employment in this sector.
This proposal supports a recognised profession within and outside of Ireland, one that has a strategic role in State policy on cultural heritage and tourism.
By the end of the programme, you will have acquired:
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A 90-credit programme made up of taught modules (25 credits), two work placements (20 credits), museum exhibition (10 credits) and a research dissertation (35 credits)
Five taught modules ( 5 credits each):
Students will undertake two museum placements (10 credits each) of four weeks duration each, where they will learn aspects of museum management, planning, design and practice, as well as the opportunity to work on a particular project such as an exhibition. Work placements commence towards end of Semester II (March) and continue until June. The Department of Archaeology will arrange all placements for the students.
Students will prepare a temporary museum exhibition on an agreed theme for a public audience. This includes the necessary background research and cataloguing of primary materials, the design and mounting of the displays, the preparation of an exhibition catalogue and a public launch and visitor survey. The work for this exhibition and its public launch is done in early summer.
Students will write a 20,000-word research dissertation on an approved topic of their choice relevant to the museum sector. These can be standard studies based on primary source research or may be practice-based, involving, for example, an exhibition, policy development, visitor experience study, digital media application etc, or may combine both approaches. The main period for dissertation work is July–September. Students who are currently working in museums or who have recent museum experience are eligible to apply for an exemption from one of the work placement modules.
Course Code : CKD09
College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Duration : One Year
Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9
All fees listed below are in Euros (€).
Tuition Fee - International Fees
Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)
The above figures represent what UCC expects will be your reasonable international fees. Other fees may not have been included (e.g. living expenses).
As expenses are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by UCC. Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.
When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, i.e., one nine-month period from September to May inclusive, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socialising, health, books and materials.
Intake Dates :
The next intake date is September 11, 2017.
IVC however, will be accepting application only until FEBRUARY 28, 2017. This 7-month preparation period includes:
Places on this programme are offered in rounds, according to the following schedule
Date a completed application is received
Date an offer will be made
January 16, 2017
January 30, 2017
March 1, 2017
March 15, 2017
Make sure you apply early! We allow two months to coordinate with the university, arrange accommodation and insurance. The next five months is reserved for the visa application process.
Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of University College Cork. As an international student, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
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Your English certificate must be up to date which means it should be less than two years old.
You are required to complete a full application for the program AND satisfy all other entry criteria as required by the program team and provide such evidence as required by the university, including, but not limited to:
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