Postgraduate taught 

Museum Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Museum Studies Applied Dissertation INFOST5002P

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 60
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

This placement offers students on the MSc Museum Studies programme the opportunity to develop their research and development skills on a project provided by one of our museum and gallery partners. Working to an initial brief provided by the host organisation students will undertake independent research.


Individual supervision meetings will be arranged with all students totalling 2 hours. Students are expected to undertake the equivalent of 3 days of placement activities a week for 12 weeks between May and August, as agreed between student, supervisor and host organisation. This includes time allocated for writing up project findings. Students are not expected to be at the host organisation for every day of the placement.

Excluded Courses

ARTMED5046P - Research and Development Placement

INFOSTUD5026P - Museum Studies Applied Dissertation

INFOSTUD5005 - Hunterian Exhibition Development

INFOSTUD5019 - Museum Practice

INFOSTUD5024 Museum Studies Work Placement




Research Report - a substantial research based report that demonstrates the ability to research, analyse and evaluate an aspect of museum practice and situates it in a broader museum studies context. The focus of the research may include, but is not limited to, object, collection, display, audience or management.

(15,000 words): 100%

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide students with the opportunity to undertake extensive, detailed research on an aspect of museum practice related to their placement;

■ Enable students to develop and test their own ideas as well as those from their taught courses;

■ Help develop students' abilities in writing research based reports;

■ Offer students opportunities to make contact with colleagues in the field, to explore potential future career paths and to begin to establish a profile within the profession.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Appropriately and effectively conduct, analyse and present research;

■ Display a high level of critical and analytical thinking;

■ Synthesise learning and practice from their taught courses with their own ideas;

■ Work to a project brief in a professional and timely manner;

■ Take responsibility for managing their work and liaising with supervisory staff.

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.