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MCH8600: MGH Professional Practice and Research

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Bruce Davenport
  • Lecturer: Dr Bruce Davenport, Dr Katie Markham, Professor Andrew Newman, Dr Joanne Sayner, Dr Emma Coffield, Dr Alistair Robinson, Dr Gayle Meikle, Dr Gonul Bozoglu, Professor Christopher Whitehead, Dr Areti Galani, Professor Rhiannon Mason, Mr Iain Wheeldon
  • Owning School: Arts & Cultures
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus (85%), Placement host (15%)
Semester 1 Credit Value: 5
Semester 2 Credit Value: 5
Semester 3 Credit Value: 50 
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 25-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 briefings, lectures and a workshop. In addition, students will have regular meetings with their allocated supervisor.

Teaching Methods


Student Hours
Guided Independent Study Assessment preparation and completion 1 46:00 46:00 N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Lecture 7 1:00 7:00 N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Dissertation/project related supervision 6 1:00 6:00 Six individual supervision meetings, more as and when suggested by the Supervisor.
Guided Independent Study Directed research and reading 1 25:00 25:00 N/A
Guided Independent Study Independent study  1 201:00 201:00 Independent study based on Work Placement project and activities
Placement/Study Abroad Employer-based learning 25 8:00  200:00 25 days equivalent
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Module talk 5 1:00 5:00 N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities  Workshops  8 1:00  8:00 Online writing group workshops
Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities Workshops 1 2:00 2:00 Group workshop linked to lecture
Total     600:00    


Teaching Rationale and Relationship

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

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

Workshops: On-campus writing group sessions to support students to develop their academic writing skills.

Workshops: One group workshop, linked to lecture, to give students practice in developing research questions.

Employer-Based Learning: 25 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.

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

DescriptionSemesterWhen SetPercentageComment
Report 1 3 A 100 Applied Research & Reflective Report - 6,000-8,000 words

Zero Weighted Pass/Fail Assessment

DescriptionWhen SetComment
Written exercise 1 M Submission of ethics form

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 25-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.

Reading Lists

MCH8600's Reading List will be published prior to induction


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