Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Museum Learning and Interpretation INFOST5022

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will combine a critical and theoretical study of museum education and interpretation with an examination of good practice in this area. It will also analyse museum and object-based learning taking into account the needs of different audience groups and will develop understanding and skills about the design and delivery of educational programmes and materials.


The course is usually delivered through 10 X 2 hour sessions over a maximum of 11 consecutive working weeks, as scheduled on MyCampus

Requirements of Entry

Standard entry to Masters at College Level

Excluded Courses






word individual essay (2000 words) - 50%

Group project proposal on educational programme based on an object or collection (1500 - 2000 words and related materials and prototypes) 50%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

The course aims to:

■ Develop understanding and knowledge of museum communication and learning theories and good practices

■ Gain an insight and understand the main principles of museum object-based learning taking into account the needs of different audience groups

■ Develop confidence and skills about the design and delivery of educational programmes and materials in relation to different cultural heritage contexts

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ relate the main communication models and learning theories to examples of practice in museum education and interpretation

■ apply appropriately the relevant theoretical framework and practical tools to actual situations in diverse museum environments.

■ select appropriate strategies for learning from objects and explain how these can accommodate and encourage the multiple meanings that objects can have for different audience groups

■ analyse the key factors that influence the design of museum interpretation and education programmes and describe the main stages of their planning.

■ reflect upon and critically evaluate their own formal and informal learning and that of others in the museum context;

■ work independently and as part of a team, with minimal supervision, to deadlines and budgets to design museum education proposals.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.