Museum Cultures (Postgraduate Certificate)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2018


Central London


Fully Approved


One term full-time or two terms part-time


Two to three evenings a week full-time or one to two evenings a week part-time, October to June

Museums have been of enormous importance in shaping empires, nations and cities, and their collections are connected to wider histories of conflict and social change. To study museums is to study the development and fierce contestation of our collective cultural imagination and memory.

Museum studies is a dynamic and expanding field. If you want an insight into contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then this is the course for you.

You begin with a core course that introduces interdisciplinary perspectives on the study of museums and a research skills module where you work collaboratively with your classmates. You then take an option module in an area of specialist interest.

As well as regular museum and gallery visits, we offer an exciting study trip every spring.

The Postgraduate Certificate is ideal if you are interested in studying museum cultures at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't want to commit to a full MA.

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Course structure

The Postgraduate Certificate comprises a core module, a research skills module and one option module.

Full-time students take the core module, the research skills module and an option module in the autumn.

Part-time students take the core module and the research skills module in the autumn term and an option module in the spring term.

The core module introduces you to contemporary debates within museum cultures. The research module is a group exercise wherein the class decides upon and collectively researches a topic, under the supervision of their tutor. Option modules offer you the opportunity to follow specific interests and areas of research.

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