The Master’s in Museum Studies is a unique, one-and-half year professional programme that focuses on the museological field, and includes an intensive, 6-month internship.
A solid basis for working in a museum
- The Master's programme Museum Studies prepares you for a position in the wider field of museum professions. You will gain first-hand experience in the sector during your studies when you complete an intensive internship at a Dutch or foreign museum.
- The museological world is constantly on the move. Important historical events are followed by major societal shifts. Museums reflect this by means of exhibitions, changes in acquisition policy and architectural innovation. At the same time, internationalisation and globalisation require constant repositioning. The UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies emphasises the public face of the museum: where the visitors enter and where the collections tell their stories.
- Museums arrange their collections to reflect the story they wish to tell. This concept is based on scientific research into exhibits but is also linked to ideology and political, religious and economic power. The question of which stories are being told by which objects are constantly subject to change. Museum Studies investigates the dynamics and raisons d'être of heritage museums, such as those focusing on antiquities, archaeology, ethnology, and history and art museums. This is always done from a solid cultural-history basis and in an international context.
- Whether you would like to organise exhibitions, devise educational projects, manage museums, create policy, conduct scientific research or write reviews: it all starts with a solid basis of knowledge, creative thinking and a critical attitude. Alumni of the UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies are currently working as exhibition organisers, curators, educational employees, policy officers, project managers, researchers and directors.
Museum Studies is an accredited degree programme of Heritage Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).
Structure of the Master's programme
The Museum Studies programme has a workload of 90 ECTS:
- 30 ECTS: Core courses
- 12 ECTS: Electives
- 30 ECTS: Internship
- 18 ECTS: Master's thesis
During your Master's programme, you will go on a number of trips, including an extended trip to dynamic locations in the museum world abroad. Last year’s destinations were Istanbul, London, New York, Paris, Jerusalem and Berlin.
The Master's programme in Museum Studies will prepare you for an academic position in the wider field of museum professions: as a staff member in the curatorial- or in the educational department of a museum, or as an independent exhibition organiser. Students are also encouraged to publish scholarly work and apply for a PhD position. As an alumnus, you will not only possess solid theoretical knowledge but will also have gained professional experience. Alumni created a great network with regular meetings.
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Last updated October 15, 2018