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Beginner’s Guide To Museum Studies

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Are you thinking about postgraduate study? In this post I tackle some of the questions I had when I was considering a Masters programme.


1. What should I study?

Whether you’re still an undergraduate, or have been out of academia for some time, there will be a postgraduate course for you. My undergraduate programme was Combined Honours (Business, History and Politics) and when I was ready to continue my studies I chose to specialise my skills and gain experience within my chosen career sector. You can find out about the courses Newcastle University offers here.

2. What would I gain from an MA in Museum Studies? 

Newcastle University is a fantastic place to study Museum Studies, and it’s allowed me the flexibility to study part-time (roughly 10 hours per week) whilst continuing my employment with English Heritage. Working with experts in the field of heritage, museums and galleries, I’ve been able to immerse myself in this cultural sector, and prepare myself for further research or employment within the sector. I have been able to travel the county visiting various sites and I have gained invaluable experiences. Watch this video to find out more about the programmes here:

3. But I can’t afford it – right?!

Maybe you can – there is a literal wealth of funding out there if you search for it. I didn’t think that I would be able to afford to continue my studies as postgraduate loans weren’t available when I applied. However, I was able to get a tuition fee discount as an alumni of Newcastle University, as well as a scholarship which has enabled me to pay for my tuition and living costs.

4. Why choose Newcastle University?

Newcastle is a fantastic student city, with the University at its centre, but besides that the School of Arts and Cultures is full of amazing members of staff that are at the very height of the teaching and research game. From the world renowned Professor Peter Stone, to the as yet unknown PhD researchers. They have great links with national heritage organisations such as The National Trust and English Heritage, as well as local organisations, including Baltic art gallery, the open air museum Beamish and Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums.

5. What next?

I have loved my experience studying Museum Studies at Newcastle University. If you’re thinking of studying here you don’t need to take my word for it – find out for yourself. Click on the button below to ask a question.

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