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Museum and Gallery Studies MA: What our students say

Student profiles

Don't just take our word for it – here's what students say about what it's like to study at Kingston University.

Name: Theresa Macaulay
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
Museum manager, Museum of Brands

"As a professional looking to change career to the museum sector the Kingston MA presented itself as the most pragmatic course on offer. The reality was an entertaining and immersive educational experience that prepared me with an understanding of the museum world and the practical tools to work within it. I cannot recommend it highly enough."

 

Name: Danielle Patten
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position: Bookings and public programme co-ordinator at the Geffrye Museum

"I found the course enriching both personally and professionally. It enabled me to develop my ideas and skills, many of which I now use in my current role. The course gave me experience of working with people and organisations which I was able to draw upon when entering my career in museums."

 

Name: Brittany Benson
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
Family learning and outreach (contractor), Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham; black and minority ethnic recruiting consultant for Walpole and the Wider World (outreach project), Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham

"The Museum and Gallery MA course at Kingston University has opened many doors for me in the museum sector. The practicality and creative free reign of the course is what helped me develop my skills and knowledge further in this field. The opportunity to meet, connect and network with other museums is very beneficial as well."

 

Name: Stephanie Stroh
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
PhD student at Kingston University London

"I chose the Museum and Gallery Studies MA at Kingston University as I was looking for a course that would provide me with both a theoretical and practical understanding of the museum as cultural institution, and that approached its subject in a more imaginative, creative and experimental way than it is taught elsewhere.

The course was designed to allow students to explore their own areas of interest, and I enjoyed the freedom of being able to follow my research interests and to develop them further in the final Masters dissertation. Due to its critical-creative approach, the course offered me the opportunity to gain new skills by working with creative practices not commonly associated with this field of study, such as film, scenography, and creative forms of writing.

Studying at Kingston was a very versatile and stimulating experience: On one hand, I found myself reading on the changing role of the visitor, the notion of institutional critique, and installation art, while on the other I attended field trips to museums and heritage sites in and around London, and developed ideas in response to a real-world exhibition brief. This was facilitated by collaborations between the School and some of London's best known museums. The course also positively influenced my decision to pursue PhD research in museum studies which I am doing at the moment."

 

Name: Sarah Hayward
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
PhD student at Kingston University London

"Undoubtedly the most exciting feature of the Museum and Gallery Studies MA at Kingston was the element of collaboration between the University and some of London's most famous and respected museums. This allowed students to tackle realistic, real-world challenges within the safe confines of the course's academic projects.

The course provided a valuable introduction to the myriad practicalities of managing museums in our modern world; to the continually shifting debate surrounding collections and their interpretation; and to a broad spectrum of the academic theory in which they are situated."

 

Name: Siobhan Rescorla
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
Visitor services officer, The National Trust

"From completing the Museum and Gallery Studies MA, I gained knowledge and essential skills which have helped develop my career in the heritage sector. The course has a great balance of traditional academic study and more creative research projects, as well as the opportunity to work with large institutions in and around London. I found tutors to be enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable in their subject, always approachable and able to make each module interesting and different."

 

Name: Katherine Sagar
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
London bookings assistant at Imperial War Museums

"My time on the Museum and Gallery Studies MA course was extremely beneficial. It gave me the opportunity to develop my keen interest in the museums, galleries and heritage sector and explore further how these institutions operate as well their approaches to the challenges they face. The various modules presented the chance to research and discuss different aspects of the sector, to meet and work with museum professionals at a number of national museums and produce work based around this. My final dissertation was a wonderful opportunity to focus on an area of the sector I am very interested in, museum education. Overall the course has provided me with a much deeper understanding of the sector and equipped me well to continue with a career in this field."

 

Name: Julia Davidson
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
Exhibition researcher, Imperial War Museum

"As a historian, I felt that the MA gave me a whole new framework for understanding museums and the work they do. The modules run jointly with other institutions not only gave us a good opportunity to see 'behind the scenes', but also to make contacts and build our professional network. Overall it was a great stepping stone into a new career; I was certainly challenged, but also felt very supported."

 

Name: Hannah Burgess
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position:
Programme manager, Architecture, Design, Fashion | Arts Group, British Council

"This masters course strengthened both my practical and theoretical understanding of cultural institutions, and developed my creative-critical approach to their place and role in society. It encouraged me to question established practices, and think creatively about how the museum might evolve for a sustainable future, whilst also understanding its historic legacy and how its form and function have developed in relation to wider social contexts and cultural change.

Partnerships with major London museums meant the course combined theory with real scenarios and provided insight into current museum practice. It was also great to crossover with the Heritage MA course in order to share perspectives and embed institutional theory with contemporary ideas of collecting and engagement with place.

Studying at MA level provided the opportunity to write and research at a higher and more independent level, exploring where my own interests lie whilst working within a prescribed framework that demanded creative thinking and vision. Professionally it has strengthened my skills set and qualifications, leading to a full time job soon after. It has made me more confident in exploring new and untested curatorial and programming ideas, as well as honing my research interests for ongoing studies."

 

Name: Nansy Charitonidou
Course: Museum and Gallery Studies MA
Current position: Visitor services at the National Maritime Museum and Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich

"The MA offers interesting subjects to reflect on, collaboration with central London museums such as the V&A, Museum of London and Natural History Museum.

The most important part of my experience was the chance to do my dissertation on a research project at the National Maritime Museum, part of Royal Museums Greenwich, in collaboration with their Learning and Interpretation team."

 

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