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What will I learn?

Museums have been of enormous importance in shaping empires, nations and cities, and their collections are connected to wider histories of conflict and social change. To study museums is to study the development and fierce contestation of our collective cultural imagination and memory.

Museum studies is a dynamic and expanding field. If you want an insight into contemporary debates about museums and their cultural significance, then our Postgraduate Certificate in Museum Cultures is the course for you.

The Postgraduate Certificate is ideal if you are interested in studying museum cultures at postgraduate level for personal or professional reasons, but you don't yet want to commit to a full MA.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue careers in museums/galleries/auction houses, the creative arts, media and education. Possible professions include higher education lecturer, museum/gallery curator, or arts administrator. This degree may also be useful in becoming a researcher or advertising account executive.

Read blogs by Danny Birchall, the Wellcome Collection's Digital Manager, who recently completed this course, and Birkbeck student, author and mortician Carla Valentine, who describes how she came to her unusual career and the impact on her work of the MA Museum Cultures.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Which department am I in?

Birkbeck, University of London

Study options

Full Time (3 months)

Tuition fees
To be confirmed
Start date

Expected October 2021

Venue

Birkbeck, University of London

Malet Street,

Bloomsbury,

United Kingdom,

WC1E 7HX, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For entry onto a Master’s Degree, most US students would need to have completed a Bachelor’s degree with at least a 3.2 GPA (for courses requiring a 2:1); students from highly ranked institutions may also be considered with a GPA of 3.0/4.0. For courses requiring a 2:2, a GPA of 2.8 is required; The terms below are used to recognise students with particularly high GPAs: Cumulative GPA 3.9 (alternative name: Summa cum laude); Cumulative GPA 3.7 (alternative name: Magna cum laude); Cumulative GPA: 3.5 (alternative name: Cum laude). Applications are considered on an individual basis and students may be admitted to Master's programmes with a lower level degree if they have work experience relevant to the degree applied for.

For international students

A second-class honours degree (2:2) or above in a relevant subject or equivalent (for example, professional experience). A written exercise or sample undergraduate essay is required and applicants may be interviewed. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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