Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies, M.Phil.

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  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
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This programme enables you to carry out an original piece of research in museum, gallery and heritage studies. As a research student you will join an interdisciplinary group of researchers and academics at the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies, fully supported by world expert supervisors.

About

Students in Museum, Gallery and Heritage Studies are based in the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching at Newcastle.

ICCHS is internationally renowned for its research, securing significant support (around £3m since 2008) from a variety of funders, such as the UK Research Councils and the European Commission. We have a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Our academic supervisors have significant experience and expertise in interdisciplinary research and practice in the UK and abroad. Through our emphasis on empirical research and having a grounding in professional practice, our research alumni have been successful in securing careers in academia, governmental organisations, and the cultural and creative industry sectors worldwide.

Our research students pursue a variety of topics that explore both historical and contemporary issues with local, national and international dimensions. They have also consistently achieved high submission and completion rates in their chosen programme of study. Recent student research topics in ICCHS include:

•attitudes towards human remains

•constructions and uses of Welsh identity in American museums

•the social roles and regulation of art museum education in China and Taiwan

•the management and interpretation of archaeological sites in Turkey

•meaning making around historic photographic collections on Flickr

Our key research themes are:

Cultural politics and policy

•factors that determine how cultural policy is constructed, institutionally, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally

•how management strategies affect heritage resources

•the impact of large-scale constitutional change upon cultural policy

•intended and unintended consequences of implementing international conventions, charters and instruments

•contribution of research to cultural policy construction

•the intersection of political movements and agendas with heritage

•definitions and attributed values of heritage

Identity, community and place

•construction and representation of identities, places and communities through heritage

•how heritage is used by, and for, communities

•relationships between notions of place and identities, communities, and heritages locally regionally, nationally and internationally

•principles of community museology and ecomuseology practice in different contexts

•relationships between heritage tourism and identities, communities and places

•identities produced through the consumption of heritage

•relationship between identity construction and wellbeing

Media and representation

•how media works in heritage organisations and how organisations work as media

•factors shaping the production, morphology and consumption of media and media representations in heritage organisations

•representations made possible through institutional technologies specific to heritage organisations and how they are analysed to understand culture, society and knowledge

•study and design of digital heritage applications and digital cultural engagement

Delivery:

Attendance on this programme is flexible and agreed between you and your supervisors depending on the requirements of your research project. The main focus of the programme is a piece of independent research carried out by you with the support of your supervisory team.

You will also undertake research methods training and be encouraged to participate in our research activities. You will be able to carry out fieldwork away from Newcastle, in other UK locations or abroad. The programme is supported by Blackboard, our virtual learning environment.

Programme Structure

See online Prospectus.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A 2:1 honours degree and preferably a merit master's degree, or an international equivalent.

International students:

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in speaking).

You must also read our English language requirements, including:

•all minimum sub scores you must have

•other English language tests we accept

•extra English language support

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