MCH8600 : Museum, Gallery, Heritage Professional Practice and Research

Semester 3 Credit Value: 60
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 ActivitiesLecture42:008:00N/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
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1171:00171:00Independent 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.
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

4 formal taught sessions (normally delivered to the whole cohort on the module) which consists largely of briefing students on the module and how to plan for the research work placement project.

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.

Individual meetings
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.

Guided 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 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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