MCH8502 : Management Practices in Museum, Galleries and Heritage Studies

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aims of the module are to provide students with an introduction to:

Managing projects in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector and other key related management aspects, including – strategic planning and implementation, team development and management, budgeting and financial controls, fundraising, and, marketing;
Processes of – taking stock of resources prior to conceptualising a project, undertaking SWOT/PESTEL analyses, undertaking ideas-generation activities, use of project management tools (e.g. Critical path Analysis and use of Gantt charts), and, ongoing evaluation;
Working in a Museum/Gallery/Heritage organisation; and,
Setting up a business and working as a freelance consultant in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage.

Outline Of Syllabus

This module provides an introduction to managing projects in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector, along with other related key management aspects including strategic planning and implementation, resource management, team development and management, budgeting and financial management controls, fundraising, and, marketing.
It will also introduce students to work in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector – both as part of an organisational employment context and in self-employed freelance consultancy work.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion150:0050:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture161:0016:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops72:0014:00workshops
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study180:0080:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Students will experience scheduled learning and teaching activities, however, the majority of their learning on this module comes from guided interdependent study. The scheduled time is mixed between one-hour lectures and two-hour workshops, where the student is exposed to key knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning objectives. These latter activities typically are coordinated by programme area and allow students to work in smaller groups. The module leader offers weekly scheduled office hours (drop-in/surgery) during the semester this module is on offer.
A formal taught session (normally delivered to the whole cohort on a module) which consists largely of the exposition of theory, themes, methodologies and techniques.

Small group teaching
Small group sessions based on reading and discussion and sometimes on students’ presenting in seminar groups, workshops, and practical activities.

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 in groups without staff supervision or where students are required to undertake very specific pieces of work.

Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report2M100Prepare a report in response to one of a selection of different scenarios (3500 words).
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation2MFeedback provided during practical sessions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

This module is designed to introduce students to the need for effective project management, and to provide them with some basic tools to use in 'real life' Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector situations. The assignment, written in the form of a report, will test the knowledge and skills gained by setting scenarios that project managers in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage sector face on a daily basis. The report will allow students to build up specialist knowledge relevant to their chosen MA programme.

Reading Lists