Programme

The Master of Museology consists of 4 key modules. Afterwards all students have to fulfill a research internship, which will be concluded with an academic thesis, policy document, exhibition proposal or creative work.

Introduction week

During an intensive week in Groningen, students can get to know each other and lay the foundation for the rest of the programme. Fundamental, concepts of heritage and museology will be discussed and excursions are made to local museums and monuments. Topics will further include: earthquakes and monuments, cultural tourism, World Heritage, repurposing of churches and the Groninger Museum.

Modules

Ethics & strategies in the Heritage Field: focuses on the ethical and strategic aspects of museum and heritage work. Through workshops, lectures and excursions students can become aware of the complex ethical and strategic issues current museum and heritage professionals are confronted with in their daily work. The module aims to help students to find innovative ways of coping with these challenges.

Audiences, experiences & expectations: combines aspects of project management, experience economy and visitor studies. Concepts of designed museum experiences and expectations are discussed and techniques of creative problem solving are actively applied during excursions while critical discussions are presented, aimed at specific case studies. The core of this module is a practical real life project for students to work on collectively, such as redesigning the Bible Museum Amsterdam, the City Museum of The Hague and more recently the design of a White privilege exhibition for the Museum of World Cultures.

Collection dynamics: reflects on 2 important trends in collection development: the concept of dynamic collections and that of participative strategies in museums. Each museum has to find a balance between the historicity of its collection and the requirements of the present-day social mission. This demands an integrated approach to acquisition and collecting policy, but also to de-accessioning (including restitution and repatriation), conservation, restoration, and information management.

People, places & heritage production: explores forms of embodied research and emotion networking as methodologies for understanding present-day heritage production. We thus leave the confines of the museum and focus on how people experience heritage in a space, in particular through walking: during a week-long international excursion you develop your own walk.

Tutorials

During the first year, 4 weeks are dedicated to developing research and professional skills.

Winter school

Every year, an independent winter school is organized around different topics, such as a visiting professor, an (alumni) conference or an Artist in Residency, like the winter school in 2018 with Professor Nick Shepherd of the Universities of Cape Town and Aarhus.

Course Book

Credits

Introduction Week 2
Ethics & Strategies in the Heritage Field 12
Audiences, Experiences & Expectations 12
Collection Dynamics 13
People, Places & Heritage Production 13
Tutorials 7
Winter school 1
Research Internship 30
Total 90

Accreditation & degree

The Master of Museology has been reviewed and positively assessed by a commission of experts who studied the critical reflection, theses and discussions with stakeholders of the programme. Based on this inspection, the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) accredited the master till 2021. Upon successful completion of the programme, students receive a legally accredited master's degree in Museology and the title Master Arts (MA). Only accreditated degree programmes are listed in the Dutch central register of higher education programmes (CROHO). More information on accreditation and degrees.

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