MCH8601 : Research – Vocationally-Orientated Project

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 vocationally-orientated research, with a focus on developing a new project/output for an organisation or as a piece of entrepreneurial consultancy work, which 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, or to undertake self-employed consultancy work.

Outline Of Syllabus

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion1200:00200:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture22:004:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork108:0080:00site visits
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1310:00310:00based 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

A formal taught session (normally delivered to the whole cohort on the module) which consists largely of briefing students on the module and how to plan for the vocationally-orientated project.

Individual meeting
1:1 individual supervision meeting to support project agreement and development.

Undertaking work outside the university to collect data and develop skills e.g. site visits; visits to museum/gallery/heritage venues.

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
Report3M10010,000-12,000 words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The MA Research Vocationally-orientated Report must be an original piece of work that shows how methods were used to gather information, evidence and/or data during the proposed and agreed project and how these were analysed and used in problem-solving and/or achieving planned vocational outcomes and outputs during the process. To be successful the project report will need careful planning, preparation and undertaking. This research report will be for the development of a new project. The project and report will be negotiated and agreed between the student and the supervisor. The focus, structure and format of the report may take one of a number of different variants. It may, for example, take the form of a piece of policy formulation, the development of a collects development project, the development of a heritage management plan, a communications strategy, an exhibition brief, learning programme and materials development.

Reading Lists