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Master of  Museum Studies

Program code: 5343

Delivery location

St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)


Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)

Develop your knowledge and skills in museum history, theory and practice and build your career in the museum and heritage industry with the Master of Museum Studies.

  • This 18-month program is for those with an approved bachelors degree in the same or similar discipline, a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies, or an approved degree in any field with two years of relevant experience.
  • Undertake interdisciplinary studies that can be tailored to suit your interests. You can choose from study areas including museum context, cultural heritage law, museums and community engagement, community cultural development, and more.
  • Develop critical industry awareness and practical skills as you engage with leading professionals and the University's rich museums and collections.
  • Participate in opportunities for internships or placements and undertake hands-on projects that contribute to your course assessment.

Museum Studies will deepen your understanding of the social, cultural and political issues facing the museum and gallery sector, and provide you with the skills to further your career in the industry.

  • Beyond the classroom

    International field school

    Have the opportunity to participate in the Museum Studies Field School – a two-week intensive course that takes place in Vietnam. Through a series of workshops, you will examine current practices, techniques, theories and methodologies of engaging with memory in the museum industry.

  • Professional experience

    Internships and placements

    Gain valuable hands-on experience and professional contacts by taking on a short-term internship or placement during your studies. Recent placements include the Queensland Art Gallery / GOMA, Queensland Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery, UQ Art Museum and the State Library of Queensland.

  • Why study

    Museum studies at UQ

  • Students

    Further study options

    Graduates of the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies have the opportunity to progress into the Graduate Diploma in Museum Studies and may be eligible for credit towards the program.

Career outcomes

The program offers diverse and stimulating careers in the museum and heritage industry. Graduates have jobs in a range of local, national and international sites, including:

  • Queensland Museum
  • Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art
  • Redlands Art Gallery
  • Ipswich Art Gallery
  • Moreton Bay Museums
  • Pine Rivers Heritage Centre
  • Museum of Brisbane
  • Miejunyah House Museum
  • Tate Modern


  • Program code
  • Faculty
  • Duration
    1.5 Years full-time (or part-time equivalent)
  • Commencing
    Semester 1 (25 Feb, 2019)
    Semester 2 (22 Jul, 2019)
  • Program level
    Postgraduate Coursework
  • Units
  • Delivery location
    St Lucia
  • AQF
    Level 9

Admissions criteria


Approved degree in the same or similar discipline with a GPA of 5; or

GCMusmSt with a GPA of 5; or

GDipMusmSt with a GPA of 5; or

Approved degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5 and have completed two years' full-time (or equivalent) relevant professional work experience (supported by references). This may be work (in roles such as curatorial, research, collections, education, public programs, management, documentation, exhibitions) in museums; galleries; archives or collecting institutions; historic sites or heritage places.

Learn more about the admissions process

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Museum Studies are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Museum Studies. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Museum Studies at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Practicals, placements and internships

A valuable component of the UQ Museum Studies program is gaining professional experience and contacts in the work place. The course offers students the opportunity to take short-term internships or placements where they undertake specific projects which contribute to their overall course assessment. In recent years, students have conducted placements or internships at: Queensland Art Gallery / GOMA, Queensland Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery, UQ Art Museum and the State Library of Queensland.

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, please see Programs and Courses for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Government assistance


Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Museum Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Find out more about FEE-HELP.

Centrelink Support

The Australian Government offers a number of income-support payments to eligible Australian university students. For more information, visit the Centrelink website.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $19,720
Indicative fee 2019

An indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Museum Studies at 2019 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year. The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Student contributions and tuition fees for more information.


The University offers more than 200 scholarships for prospective students and more than 350 scholarships and prizes for current students.

Scholarships cover the full range of academic disciplines and are open to domestic students and international students.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All domestic student applications for the Master of Museum Studies can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form.

The program code for the Master of Museum Studies is 5343. You'll need this when applying.

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Additional application information

*Please note if the GCMusmSt or GDipMusmSt is used as the basis of entry into the program as you do not have an existing approved degree in the same discipline, you will not be eligible for credit towards the Masters program.

Same discipline is defined as a degree with a sequence of study in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, art design, education, art history, cultural and media studies, history, ancient history, architecture, environmental and heritage studies, business, tourism, visual arts and related fields.

To satisfy the requirement for "same discipline" a minimum amount of content in that discipline is required - this would be at least a major, field of study, or approximately 30% of program content including a mix of introductory and advanced courses.

Applicants may be asked to provide a Supplementary Personal Statement [One page only]
Describe your academic interests and reasons for applying.
Detail your career objectives and any relevant non-academic achievements as well as any publications.
Outline any other relevant experience including attendance at specialist workshops or short courses.

Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Museum Studies is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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