Postgraduate taught 

Museum Studies MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Museum Studies Work Placement INFOST5024

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • 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

Short Description

The purpose of the course is to provide valuable work experience in a museum or other related cultural institution, where you can explore a possible future career, while meeting professional practitioners and developing practical skills and experience.


2 taught sessions of 2 hours as scheduled on MyCampus, plus additional supervision meetings with academic staff and placement hosts as required. 20 days of placement across Semester 1 and 2, by arrangement with the placement provider. The majority of the placement days will usually occur in Semester 2.


This is one of the MSc optional courses available to all students enrolled on a Museum Studies Programme, and may not run every year. The options that are running this session are available on MyCampus

Excluded Courses





Work Diary and Portfolio of (3500 words) - 75%


Project Placement Presentation e.g. poster, video - 25%

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Provide high quality project-based work experience within a museum-related organisation.

■ Promote the acquisition of specialist, conceptual and transferable skills.

■ Provide an opportunity to put into practice some of the knowledge and skills gained during the programme.

■ Develop skills that may be an advantage in preparing for a wide range of employment, for instance time management, independent learning and problem solving, project evaluation.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

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

■ Apply relevant knowledge to the practical aspects of the work of the placement organisation;

■ Analyse their role within the placement organisation and how it relates to the wider the operational context of the placement organisation;

■ Evaluate the key aims, strategies and professional practices of the placement organisation in relation to wider professional practice in the museum sector, including relevant national and international policy, strategy and funding issues

■ Critically reflect on their work as an individual and as a team member and evaluate their skills in listening and responding perceptively to others;

■ Evaluate acquired knowledge and skills and their application to future employment opportunities

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.