Programme

The Master of Museology consists of 4 key modules supplemented by an introduction week, winter school and a research and professional skills module. Completion of this coursework will take one academic year. Thereafter, 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, students can get acquainted with each other and the city of Amsterdam 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. In addition, the international framework of heritage organisations is introduced.

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
addresses storytelling and exhibition design. Concepts of designed museum experiences and expectations are discussed and techniques of creative problem solving are actively applied during excursions. In groups students will be competing in an actual exhibition design project. 

Collection Dynamics
reflects on 2 important trends in collection development: the concept of dynamic collections and that of participatory strategies in museums. Each museum has to find a balance between the historicity of its collection and the requirements of its present-day social mission. 

People, Places & Heritage Production
explores the local production of heritage within its international framework in the face of global socio-political and environmental developments. It looks at heritage outside the walls of the museum and how objects and traditions can create tension among the various people who relate to it.  We will apply embodied and artistic research and discuss various interventions one can conduct as a museum professional. This module contains an international excursion.

Research & Professional Skills:
Throughout the year you will be taught research and professional skills which will benefit you in your future career. Topics include project management, various research methods, project funding and writing skills among others. This module will lead to a research internship proposal, which you can then implement the subsequent semester. In addition, you will get the chance to work on a funding proposal for a project of choice.

Winter School
This week in the programme has a different content every year. The Winter School can be taught by an Artist -in-Residence for a conference or any other current and relevant theme to supplement the wider Master's programme.

Credits

Introduction Week 3
Ethics & Strategies in the Heritage Field 11
Audiences, Experiences & Expectations 11
Collection Dynamics 11
People, Places & Heritage Production 11
Research & Professional Skills 11
Winter school 2
Research Internship 30
Total 90
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