Postgraduate

Museum Practice MPrac

Museum Practice MPrac

Full time: 24 months
Part time: 48 months

Profile

Our Museum Practice MPrac, the first in the UK and internationally, blends theory with work-based placements to extend and complement your Museum Studies MA. You will gain essential and relevant work experience in the museum sector, applying theoretical frameworks within a work-based context.

Video: An introduction to Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies

The Museum Practice MPrac offers a mixture of taught modules and two work-based placements, providing you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and understanding, and practical experience.

The first year of the MPrac is the Museum Studies MA, which must be completed successfully before undertaking the second year extended work-based placement

During this programme you will:

  • gain the skills and knowledge required to work in the museum sector
  • undertake an extended placement to further enhance your practical skills and knowledge
  • study in an environment responsive to the professional requirements and skills needs of the museum sector, both nationally and internationally
  • understand current developments in the museum sector and gain a critical awareness of problems and new insights, along with the key theoretical principles and conceptual approaches of museum studies

Through our close links with the sector, we welcome a large range of external speakers from all areas of the heritage, museum, and gallery world to lead sessions. This means that the course balances theory with practice and maintains the latest insights into the industry.

Watch our current students talking about their placements and two of our graduates explaining how their degrees led to jobs in the sector in our Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies video.

Video: Professor Peter Stone on why Newcastle is the place to study heritage

Staff

Staff

You will have input from professional and academic experts with substantial experience of working in the museum sectors in various countries. 

The course is based in the School of Arts and Cultures. It is also affiliated with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies. ICCHS has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Delivery

We are based at our city centre campus with work placements or work related-projects usually taking place off campus. Part time study consists of the same modules and options as in the full time course, but spread over a longer period. 

Placements

After completing your Museum Studies MA in year 1, you will supervised and mentored through a 36-week work placement in year 2. Placements can be in the UK or abroad, depending upon availability. We will set up the placement for you, based on the submission of a project agreed between you, your tutor and the placement host organisation. 

Previous cohorts of students have undertaken placements with:

Student profile

The study trips are included as part of the course and I go on a visit per module. I have found this to be a real bonus.

Salsabilla's student profile
Salsabilla

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Modules

A flexible mixture of taught modules and a possible work-based placement will provide you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.

Modules for 2017 entry

Year 1

Compulsory modules 

Optional modules

You will take one of the modules:

Followed by one of the modules given below:

*If you chose MCH8516 you cannot register for MCH8600

Year 2

You will undertake a supervised and monitored 36 week work-based placement in an institution, organisation or agency related to heritage practice. Placements can be in the UK or abroad, depending upon availability. We will set up the placement for you, based on the submission of a project agreed between you, your tutor and the placement host organisation.

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than one year your fee may be subject to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in any subject.

You must also successfully complete the Museum Studies MA in order to progress on to the MPrac.

We will also consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request more information.  We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Dr Aron Mazel
Reader in Heritage Studies
Media, Culture, Heritage
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7845
Email: pgmch@ncl.ac.uk

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