This distance learning degree will provide you with a thorough understanding of the major theoretical, methodological and professional themes at the forefront of contemporary museum studies. The course will equip you with the skills to creatively and critically apply the knowledge you gain within specific professional contexts.
The Hong Kong course follows the same curriculum as our normal distance learning Museum Studies course, but you will benefit from a local Hong Kong based tutor and a Study Week designed especially for Hong Kong students each year led by academics from the School of Museum Studies. We also run this course with Hong Kong University which has been developed for those based in or near Hong Kong.
To complete the Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), you will take four core modules, followed by four option modules, giving you the opportunity to delve into your particular interests and to develop your expertise in the field of your choice. The subjects include museum learning, heritage, digital in museums, museums and contemporary issues, and museums and the natural environment, as well as a practice option which is focused on a workplace-based project. You can attain a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) by taking just the four core modules.
If you are taking the MA or MSc, you will also complete a research project on the topic of your choice. For many, it is the most exciting part of the course, as a self-directed opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level. You might choose to write this up as a dissertation, but you could also consider writing a paper, a professional report, or perhaps even producing a film. We look forward to working with you on the possibilities.
You will be supported throughout the course by academic staff and professionals who are working within the museum and gallery sector, including a local Hong Kong based tutor, helping you strengthen your links with the profession internationally.
What's the difference?
If your dissertation concerns a science collection or museum, or if the nature of your investigation is 'scientific', you can receive a Master of Science (MSc) degree instead of a Master of Arts (MA) degree.
If you would like to obtain a Postgraduate Diploma you will complete the four core modules but not the dissertation.