Inside Museum Practice INFOSTUD5019

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Museum Practice provides students with the opportunity to explore accounts of engagement and practice in the environment of a dynamic public museums service and put their theory into practice.


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

Entry into MSc Museum Studies Programmes (P107-5000, P106-5000, P104-5000)

Excluded Courses

INFOSTUD5005 Exhibition Development (The Hunterian)

INFOSTUD5024 Museum Work Placement




■ Reflective Professional Portfolio, comprising a written account and/or an oral presentation (60%, 2500 words, individual assessment) 

■ Museum Project Proposal (40%, 1500 words, group assessment)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with the opportunity to gain insight into the professional working environment through experiencing how a large civic museums service operates in order to implement its policies, deliver its services, and meet its strategic objectives;

■ Consolidate and develop students' knowledge and understanding of museum theory and practice with a special focus on project creation, planning and delivery;

■ Provide students with the opportunity to understand and respect the differences in approaches between cultural heritage institutions;

■ Offer students opportunities to refine and develop their learning interests and to explore potential future career paths.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Identify the operational processes, policies and strategies of a civic museums service and evaluate how these differ from other types of cultural heritage institutions;

■ Identify the different professional roles and skills involved in delivering a museum project, such as collections management, research, public engagement, project management, exhibition-making, and education and learning and evaluate how staff work across departments;

■ Identify the stages of a museum project from initial conceptualisation and planning, through development and design, and to final delivery and apply these within a professional context

■ Collaborate with others and communicate effectively within a professional context; 

■ Reflect upon and critically evaluate their learning;

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.