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Master of Museum Studies

Overview

Develop your knowledge and skills in museum history, theory and practice, and build your career in the museum and heritage industry.

The 1.5 year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Master of Museum Studies encompasses museum history, theory and practice. An interdisciplinary approach is used to deliver core courses, with a broad choice of interdepartmental and cross-faculty electives. You'll develop a critical awareness of the social, cultural and political issues facing those working in the sector, while getting the hands-on training necessary for professional practice.

Engaging with the University’s world-class museums and collections, together with leading professionals in the field, will provide you with a uniquely stimulating environment for museological research and training. The involvement of campus-based museums and collections – including UQ Art Museum, UQ Anthropology Museum and the R. D. Milns Antiquities Museum – is integral to the program and will enhance your knowledge of contemporary day-to-day work practices.

You'll also be able to gain professional experience and contacts in the workplace through our short-term internships or placements, where you undertake specific projects which contribute to your overall assessment. In recent years, these have been at institutions such as Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA, Queensland Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery, UQ Art Museum and the State Library of Queensland, as well as leading museums in London, New York and Tokyo.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5343
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$32448 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
Program Code
5343
CRICOS Code
056193A
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Benefit from engaging with the University’s world-class museums and collections, together with leading professionals in the field.
  • Choose from 14 study areas, including museum context, cultural heritage law, museums and community engagement, digital heritage and more.
  • Gain professional experience and contacts in the workplace – in Australia and overseas.
  • Deepen your understanding of the social, cultural and political issues facing the museum and gallery sector, and gain the skills to further your career.

96 in the world for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2021

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

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.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Museums: Theory and Practice
  • Digital Heritage: Theory and Practice
  • Collections
  • Exhibitions

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Gallery curator
  • Museum curator
  • Library assistant
  • Library technician
  • Historian
  • Gallery administrator
  • Audio-visual exhibitions manager
  • Arts and cultural officer
  • Library, museum and gallery coordinator
  • Museum media manager

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, or
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline plus 2 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience supported by references (see below)
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Relevant work experience includes work:
  • in roles such as curatorial, research, collections, education, public programs, management, documentation, and exhibitions in museums; galleries; archives or collecting institutions; historic sites or heritage places.

Prerequisites

  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, or
  • a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline plus 2 years of full-time equivalent relevant work experience supported by references (see below)
You must have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0 on a 7-point scale in your previous qualification.
Relevant work experience includes work:
  • in roles such as curatorial, research, collections, education, public programs, management, documentation, and exhibitions in museums; galleries; archives or collecting institutions; historic sites or heritage places.

Related programs

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

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Additional application information

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.

Additional application information

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.

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.

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Museum Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $32,448

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Museum Studies for the 2022 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis. All fees are reviewed annually.

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AUD $25,340

Indicative annual fee 2021

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Museum Studies at 2022 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

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Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

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FEE-HELP

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.

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Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program 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.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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