May 3, 2013

Call for applications: MA Museum and Gallery Practice

UCL Qatar
Doha skyline as seen from the Museum of Islamic Art. © Klaas Lingbeek- van Kranen.

UCL Qatar is currently accepting applications for places on its MA Museum and Gallery Practice degree programme, commencing 26 August 2013. This is a one-year programme that gives students in-depth exposure to all of the skills required to successfully work in a leading professional role within a museum or gallery, from collections care to curation and exhibition management. There is a significant practical element to the course, including an extended placement in a local, regional or international museum or gallery. The programme is intended to give graduates all the necessary transferrable skills and expertise to be a leader within the cultural heritage sector.

Established in 2011, UCL Qatar is a branch campus of University College London, one of the world’s foremost institutions for the study of archaeology, conservation, cultural heritage and museology. UCL Qatar welcomed its first intake of 32 students from 13 countries in August 2012.

Course structure
Compulsory modules:

–Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage
Collections Care and Management
Principals in Museum and Gallery Practice
Heritage Interpretation
Technical Skills for Cultural Heritage
Methods for Heritage Research

Optional modules:

Curating Contemporary Art
Digital Heritage
Education, Outreach and Community Engagement
Object-based Learning

All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 12,000 words.

Students will undertake a four-week placement at a museum, gallery or cultural heritage organisation in Qatar or the wider region.

Why choose UCL Qatar?
Cultural heritage is booming in Qatar, with many new museums to open in the coming years. At UCL Qatar students benefit from exceptional facilities, including the most advanced new conservation, materials science and archaeological research laboratories in the Gulf region. An ever-expanding library collection is housed within the ultra-modern faculty building. UCL Qatar is based at Education City, Doha, alongside a number of the most prestigious North American institutions. Degrees are awarded from London, but international students benefit from the unique cultural experience of living in the Middle East, and Doha’s positioning as a crossroads between past and future.

A range of full scholarships are available for successful candidates. Candidates who apply on time and receive offers of admission are automatically considered for funding. They will be notified of the outcome in early June 2013. Funding is awarded on the basis of academic merit.

Entry requirements
In order to be successful in securing admission, candidates must have a good Bachelor’s degree from a recognised university, normally with a minimum final GPA of 3.3 out of 4.0 or equivalent. Candidates must demonstrate strong motivation and a clear understanding of what the course entails, via the personal statement section of the application form. Relevant work experience, for example in a museum or the cultural heritage sector, will also be considered.

Apply online
Applications can be submitted online by visiting and selecting the ‘Apply Now’ link. The deadline to submit an application for the August 2013 intake is 31 May 2013.

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