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MCH8600 : Museum, Gallery, Heritage Professional Practice and Research

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Katie Markham
  • Co-Module Leader: Mr Alistair Robinson
  • Lecturer: Dr Gayle Meikle, Dr Joanne Sayner, Dr Gonul Bozoglu, Dr Emma Coffield, Dr Bruce Davenport, Dr Susannah Eckersley, Professor Christopher Whitehead, Professor Andrew Newman
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr Julia Partington
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 55
ECTS Credits: 30.0


The aims of the module are to:
Provide an opportunity for a sustained piece of applied research and work-related tasks within a 30 day work placement that relates to appropriate theory and practice raised during the taught modules of the programme; and,
Provide an opportunity to develop the appropriate applied and vocational research skills to go on to work in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector.

Outline Of Syllabus

The students are required to attend three module briefing sessions. In addition, students will have one small-group and 6 individual meetings with their allocated Newcastle University Supervisor/ placement manager.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture61:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1150:00150:00N/A
Placement/Study AbroadEmployer-based learning308:00240:0030 Days equivalent
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading125:0025:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops22:004:00Online writing group workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1167:00167:00Independent study based on Work Placement project and activities
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDissertation/project related supervision61:006:00Six individual supervision meetings, more as and when suggested by the Supervisor.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk12:002:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture: On-campus structured guided learning to help students on the module to plan the various stages of the dissertation, from formulating a research question to developing a research strategy and writing up research findings.

Module Talk: On-campus introduction to the module and to placements.

Workshops: On-campus writing group sessions to support students to develop their writing skills and maintain a regular writing pattern.

Employer Based Learning: 30 Days practice/ placement in a relevant venue negotiated with the placement manager. Undertaking work outside the university to collect data and develop skills e.g. Work Placement; site visits; visits to museums and galleries.

Dissertation/Project Related Supervision: 1:1 individual supervision meeting to support the research work placement project development. These will include meetings with the supervisor at Newcastle University and the supervisor in the host Museum/Gallery/Heritage organization as well as progress meetings after the completion of the practice/ placement element.

Independent Study: This broad category refers to independent student activity and covers the range from reading and preparation through to situations where students are required to work without staff supervision or where students are required to undertake very specific pieces of work.

Assessment Preparation and Completion: This is work carried out independently to undertake the assessment associated with this module.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report3M100Applied Research & Reflective Report - 8,000-9,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The MA Research Work Placement Reflective Report must be an original piece of work that shows how methods were used to gather information, evidence and/or data during the Work Placement programme/project activities and how these were analysed and used in problem-solving and/or achieving planned vocational outcomes and outputs during the 30-day Work placement. To be successful the work placement reflective report will need careful planning and preparation and will need a high level of informed critical reflection.

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