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MA in Museum Studies

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

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Course Delivery

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

Careers

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.

Learning Outcomes

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:

  • A systematic and critical understanding of museum practice and theory;
  • Direct experience of practices, procedures and policies in the contemporary museum, and apply a critical awareness of current issues in the field (including professional ethics) to best professional practice;
  • An awareness of all that is involved in the design and management of modern museums.

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Course Outline

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)

PART A

Five taught modules ( 5 credits each):

Semester I

  • AR6022 The Museum in the 21st century
  • AR6028 Museum Curation
  • AR6025 Museums and the Public

Semester II

  • AR6023 The Museum Environment
  • MG6019 The Management and Marketing of Museums

PART B

  • AR6026 Work Placement 1 (10 credits)
  • AR6029 Work Placement 2 (10 credits)

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.

  • AR6030 The Exhibition Experience (10 credits)

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.

  • AR6027 Dissertation (35 credits)

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 Info

Course Code : CKD09

College : Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Duration : One Year

Qualifications Level : NFQ Level 9

Fees :

All fees listed below are in Euros (€).  

Registration Fee

50

Tuition Fee - International Fees

13,000

Medicover Standard (O'Driscoll O'Neil Insurance)

120

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:

  • Review by the department/school for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Seeking accommodation;
  • Processing of your student visa application.

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

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Entry Criteria

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:

  • Academic Achievement. 
    • You should possess a primary degree to second honours level from a recognized third-level institution, in one of the following disciplines: Archaeology, Anthropology, Folklore, History, Heritage Studies or Local Studies.  If you did not graduate from any of these courses, you must be able to demonstrate interest and/or experience in musuem work.
    • You will be interviewed by Department representatives to be considered for the program.

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  • English Language Proficiency.  If English is not your native language, you must provide proof of English language proficiency to a standard of any ONE of the following exams:
    • IELTS (Academic Test): Overall band score of 6.5 with no individual section less than 5.
    • TOEFL iBT: Overall score of 90. Minimum scores per section are as follows:  Listening and Writing 17; Speaking 21; Reading 19.
    • Cambridge Proficiency Exam: Grade C
    • Cambridge Advanced Exam: Grade B
    • Pearson PTE: Minimum score of 63 with no section score below 59.

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:

  • Academic transcripts
  • College diploma
  • Professional references
  • Professional registration details
  • Curriculum Vitae and
  • Identity documents.

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