Museum Practice (MPrac)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MPrac

How long you will study
24 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Museum Practice at Newcastle University

Our Museum Practice MPrac, the first in the UK and internationally, blends theory with work-based placements to extend and complement your Museum Studies MA. You will gain essential and relevant work experience in the museum sector, applying theoretical frameworks within a work-based context.

The Museum Practice MPrac offers a mixture of taught modules and two work-based placements, providing you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge and understanding, and practical experience.

The first year of the MPrac is the Museum Studies MA, which must be completed successfully before undertaking the second year extended work-based placement

During this programme you will:

  • gain the skills and knowledge required to work in the museum sector
  • undertake an extended placement to further enhance your practical skills and knowledge
  • study in an environment responsive to the professional requirements and skills needs of the museum sector, both nationally and internationally
  • understand current developments in the museum sector and gain a critical awareness of problems and new insights, along with the key theoretical principles and conceptual approaches of museum studies

Through our close links with the sector, we welcome a large range of external speakers from all areas of the heritage, museum, and gallery world to lead sessions. This means that the course balances theory with practice and maintains the latest insights into the industry.

Watch our current students talking about their placements and two of our graduates explaining how their degrees led to jobs in the sector in our Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies video.

Staff

You will have input from professional and academic experts with substantial experience of working in the museum sectors in various countries. 

The course is based in the School of Arts and Cultures. It is also affiliated with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies. ICCHS has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Delivery

We are based at our city centre campus with work placements or work related-projects usually taking place off campus. Part time study consists of the same modules and options as in the full time course, but spread over a longer period. 

Placements

After completing your Museum Studies MA in year 1, you will supervised and mentored through a 36-week work placement in year 2. Placements can be in the UK or abroad, depending upon availability. We will set up the placement for you, based on the submission of a project agreed between you, your tutor and the placement host organisation. 

Previous cohorts of students have undertaken placements with:

  • BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Beamish North of England Open Air Museum
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums
  • Great North Museum: Hancock
  • Victoria Tunnel
  • Hartlepool Arts, Museums and Events

Facilities

You will have access to our top quality facilities within Media, Culture, Heritage and across the University:

  • our libraries and eResources
  • the Great North Museum: Hancock
  • the Hatton Gallery
  • the Language Resource Centre is a specialist language facility providing free access to self-study materials in 50 languages.
  • computing facilities with access to relevant databases and over 1,400 fully networked PCs.
  • the Gertrude Bell Archive

In addition to our expertise in heritage studies, the city of Newcastle and the wider region offers a wonderful resource with two World Heritage Sites, and over 80 regional museums and galleries. Much of the region's countryside is designated as National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMPracHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study24 months
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  • The awardMPracHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study48 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage - http://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/museum-practice-mprac/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in any subject.

You must also successfully complete the Museum Studies MA in order to progress on to the MPrac.

We will also consider your application if you have lower or non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may contact you to request more information.  We may ask you to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements:

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Pre-sessional English Language courses are accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Language Course Requirements

Pre-sessional English Language Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-session entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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