Museum Studies

Why choose Museum Studies

Why are museums now regarded as some of the most exciting public institutions to visit? And what are the key transformations taking place to attract new audiences?

Museum Studies is an inter-disciplinary field of study that encompasses museum history, theory and practice. The course develops a critical awareness of the social, cultural and political issues facing those working in museums, art galleries and related heritage and collecting institutions; whilst delivering the knowledge and skills required for professional practice. Situated in close proximity to Brisbane’s world-class museums and collections, UQ provides a uniquely stimulating environment for museological research and training.

The involvement of the UQ’s world-class museums – including UQ Art Museum, UQ Anthropology Museum, and the R. D. Milns Antiquities Museum – together with input from the Queensland Museum and QAGOMA, is an integral part of the program and enhances student knowledge of contemporary day-to-day practices and issues.

A benchmark qualification for graduates currently working or seeking to work in the museum, art gallery or cultural heritage sector nationally and internationally. The courses are available part-time or full-time, and are designed to meet the needs of professionals balancing study with the demands of an existing career.

The program has a special focus on Asia-Pacific and community development, with an annual field school taking place in Vietnam.

The program is available to graduates in a broad range of disciplinary fields including art history, archaeology, history, anthropology, classics, media and cultural studies as well as education.

An inter-disciplinary approach is used to deliver core courses through the School of Social Science, with a broad choice of inter-departmental and cross-faculty electives. Participants are able to choose from elective courses including Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, History, Classics, Event Management, Interpretation and Visitor Research, Professional Writing, and Science Communication.

Higher Degree Research

Museum Studies is offered as:

Satisfy your interest for research and your intellectual curiosity under the supervision of internationally recognised academics.