The Master of Museology consists of 4 key modules supplemented by an introduction week and a research and professional skills module. Completion of this coursework will take one academic year. Thereafter, all students have to fulfil 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 acquainted 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, community involvement, heritage production and the Groninger Museum.

Drama of decision making in the heritage field: focuses on the ethical and strategic aspects of museum and heritage work which underpin the often difficult decisions we need to make as professionals. 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, Expectations & Experiences: 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. 

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. 

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 walking route. In addition, you will get the chance to work on a funding proposal for a project of choice. You will be guided on the content of your personal project as well as on how to get it funded.

Research & Professional Skills: in 4 weekly sessions you will be taught research and professional skills which will benefit you in your future career. This module will lead to a research internship proposal, which you can then implement the subsequent semester.

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


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