UCL Qatar

Introduction

UCL Qatar represents a unique three-way partnership between UCL, Qatar Foundation and Qatar Museums Authority, positioning Qatar as the centre of excellence in museum practice in the region and furthering the understanding of Arab and Islamic archaeology. The arrival of UCL further establishes Qatar as an international centre of excellence in research in archaeology, conservation, cultural heritage and museology.

The UCL Qatar campus builds upon UCL’s renowned strengths in conservation, museum studies and archaeology, with world-class scholars, scientists and teachers from UCL’s Institute of Archaeology relocating to Doha. Two-year Master of Arts degree programmes in Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World, and in Conservation and Museum Studies, will commence in August 2012. UCL Qatar has also begun providing a number of specialist training courses for Qatar Museums Authority staff and mid-career professionals.

We are situated at Hamad bin Khalifa University, located on the western outskirts of Doha. The expansive site houses branch campuses for seven international universities: Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Texas A&M University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Weill Cornell Medical College, each specialising in different subject areas. In addition, UCL staff and students will have a presence at Qatari museums, archaeological sites and conservation facilities. This distributed approach to UCL Qatar will ensure that its activities take place in the parts of Qatar's developing cultural resources where they can best serve the needs of heritage professionals, researchers and students.

Student numbers are expected to grow steadily up to 2015, at which point 150 students will be undertaking our degree programmes. UCL staff will also contribute to teaching at Qatar University and at the US university campuses at Hamad bin Khalifa University, and large numbers of school children will benefit from cultural heritage teaching as part of planned outreach programmes. From the outset, UCL Qatar will conduct research of relevance to the Gulf and to the Arab world more broadly. To this end, UCL is locating to Qatar four existing research projects of great significance to the Gulf region.

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MA in Library and Information Studies

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Qatar Doha + 1 more

UCL’s Department of Information Studies in London is the UK’s premier faculty for the teaching of Library and Information Studies. This MA at UCL Qatar is academically identical to the equivalent programme offered in London, with additional focus on Qatar and the regional context in which students will operate as professionals. [+]

Library and Information Studies MA AVAILABILITY Full-time 1 year Part-time 2 years OVERVIEW The MA in Library and Information Studies at UCL Qatar has become the first degree programme of its kind in the region to be formally accredited by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. UCL Qatar’s Library and Information Studies MA is identical to the programme offered at UCL’s Department of Information Studies in London – the UK’s premier facility for the teaching of library and information studies. Our programme comprises an additional focus on Qatar and the regional context in which students will operate as professionals, through case studies and work placement opportunities. Students are given a thorough grounding in the key theoretical and practical skills required to work as a leading library or information professional and will develop a broad skill-set with particular focus on library and information management, collection building, cataloguing and classification. COURSE STRUCTURE This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Students take six compulsory modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Compulsory Modules Knowledge Organisation and Access Collection Management Information Sources and Retrieval Introduction to Management Principles of Computing and Information Technology Professional Awareness Dissertation Optional Modules Subject to availability and demand, options may include: Interdisciplinary Methods for the Study of Cultural Heritage Introduction to Archives and Preservation Library Systems and Data Management Islamic Manuscripts Digital Resourses in the Humanities The Book in the World Information Literacy Services to Children and Young People Dissertation All students undertake an independent research project culminating in a dissertation of 10-12,000 words. Internships The professional practice element of the MA Library and Information Studies programme provides placement opportunities for each student on the course. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For admission to this MA, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with at least Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another international qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates are normally expected to have gained at least one year of relevant work experience within a library or information services position. A graduate traineeship or internship is preferred, but other kinds of work, for example as a library or information assistant, may also be considered. Casual work in a library, such as shelving, is not usually regarded as appropriate. Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. The acceptable qualifications for admission to this programme include IELTS (6.5 overall including a minimum of at least 6.0 in each of the four subtests). WHY CHOOSE UCL QATAR Students at UCL Qatar benefit from truly exceptional facilities including advanced and highly equipped teaching spaces. UCL Qatar is rapidly building an extensive publications collection focussing on cultural heritage, librarianship and information studies. Dedicated IT and library professionals are on hand to support students, in addition to academic and teaching staff. Students have the opportunity to network with leading library professionals from Qatar and the region and will undertake a placement in a local or international library. Qatar is investing heavily in its libraries infrastructure and capacity building. This is an exceptionally exciting period for students and professionals who are looking to develop their career in the region. TUITION FEE For 2016 entry, the Library and Information Studies MA has a tuition fee of QAR 99,900. SCHOLARSHIPS A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit and financial need. APPLY ONLINE Applications can be submitted online at http://www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar/study/degree-programmes/apply-now [-]

MA in Museum and Gallery Practice

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 Qatar Doha + 1 more

The Museum and Gallery Practice MA at UCL Qatar aims at educating museum and gallery professionals in collections curation and interpretation, following a practice based holistic approach to museum collections and cultural heritage preservation. [+]

Museum and Gallery Practice MA AVAILABILITY Full-time 1 year Part-time 2 years OVERVIEW 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. The programme introduces the theories and practices of museology, emphasising their significance and relevance in the Gulf region and beyond. Key areas of musuem studies to be taught include collections management, museum, gallery and site management, exhibition development, contemporary art debates, visual studies, education and emerging digital technologies. Students will develop critical thinking skills and core skills such as documentation and interpretation. Students also have the option to undertake a placement at a museum, gallery or cultural heritage organisation in Qatar, the region or internationally. Where they will gain a unique insight into the developing local and international museum sector. COURSE STRUCTURE This MA has a total value of 180 credits. Students take five compulsory modules (total 90 credits), two optional modules (total 30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits). Compulsory Modules Exhibition Project Principles of Museum and Gallery Practice Museums Policies and Practices Interdisciplinary Methods for Heritage Research Dissertation Optional Modules Subject to availability and demand, options may include: Materials vs Culture The Digital Museum Debates in Contemporary Art Curation Collections Care and Management Preventative Conservation Community Archaeology Museum Theory and Practice: Identities, Politics and Power Placement I (one month) Placement II (two months) The Book and Society Dissertation All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS For admission to this MA, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with Upper Second Class Honours (UK system), a GPA of 3.3 on the 4.0 scale (US system) or another qualification of an equivalent standard. Candidates whose first language is not English are normally required to sit an English language examination. The acceptable qualifications for admission to this programme include IELTS (7.0 overall). There are no subject pre-requisites for entry, however candidates are expected to demonstrate strong motivation for the subject to which they have applied, via the personal statement section of the application form. Candidates should have a passion and curiosity for museums or galleries and for cultural heritage in general. They should also be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of what the course entails. Relevant work experience, for example in a museum or the cultural heritage sector, will also be considered. FULL-TIME OR PART-TIME STUDY This MA can be studied as a full-time one year programme, or part-time over the course of two years. The part-time option is particularly suited to existing professionals who intend to maintain employment whilst pursuing further studies. Part-time candidates take three compulsory modules and one optional module in Year One, and three compulsory modules and one optional module in Year Two. The dissertation is submitted at the end of Year Two. WHY CHOOSE UCL QATAR? Museums are booming 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 and professional 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. SCHOLARSHIPS A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. All offer holders are eligible to apply for funding and will be sent a scholarship application form and further instructions during the admissions process. APPLY ONLINE Applications can be submitted online here http://www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar/study/degree-programmes/apply-now [-]

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2nd Floor, Georgetown Building, Hamad bin Khalifa University.

Doha, 23689 QA