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Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies

Overview

Develop your knowledge and skills in museum history, theory and practice, and build your career in the museum and heritage industry.

The half year full-time (or part-time equivalent) Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies encompasses museum history, theory and practice. An interdisciplinary approach is used to deliver core courses, with a broad choice of interdepartmental and cross-faculty electives. You'll develop a critical awareness of the social, cultural and political issues facing those working in the sector, while getting the hands-on training necessary for professional practice.

Engaging with the University’s world-class museums and collections, together with leading professionals in the field, will provide you with a uniquely stimulating environment for museological research and training. The involvement of campus-based museums and collections – including UQ Art Museum, UQ Anthropology Museum and the R. D. Milns Antiquities Museum – is integral to the program and will enhance your knowledge of contemporary day-to-day work practices.

You'll also be able to gain professional experience and contacts in the workplace through our short-term internships or placements, where you undertake specific projects which contribute to your overall assessment. In recent years, these have been at institutions such as Queensland Art Gallery/GOMA, Queensland Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery, UQ Art Museum and the State Library of Queensland, as well as leading museums in London, New York and Tokyo.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
Half Year (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (20 Feb, 2023), Semester 2 (24 Jul, 2023)
Program Code
5341
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Benefit from engaging with the University’s world-class museums and collections, together with leading professionals in the field.
  • Choose from a range of study areas, including museum context, cultural heritage law, museums and community engagement, digital heritage and more.
  • Gain professional experience and contacts in the workplace – in Australia and overseas.
  • Deepen your understanding of the social, cultural and political issues facing the museum and gallery sector, and gain the skills to further your career.

1 in Queensland for arts and humanities

QS World University Rankings 2022

1 in Queensland for archaeology

QS World University Rankings 2022

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2023.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Work placements
  • Overseas study
  • Research experience
  • Fieldwork
  • Seminars

Placements and work experience

A valuable component of the UQ Museum Studies program is gaining professional experience and contacts in the work place. The course offers students the opportunity to take short-term internships or placements where they undertake specific projects which contribute to their overall course assessment. In recent years, students have conducted placements or internships at: Queensland Art Gallery / GOMA, Queensland Museum, Ipswich Art Gallery, UQ Art Museum and the State Library of Queensland.

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Museums: Theory and Practice
  • Digital Heritage: Theory and Practice
  • Collections
  • Exhibitions

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Education and programs officer
  • Arts curator
  • Museum curator
  • Gallery curator
  • Library, museum and gallery coordinator
  • Public programs manager
  • Museum media manager
  • Museum operations manager
  • Gallery administrator
  • Arts and cultural officer

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

Approved degree with a GPA of 4; or Post-secondary study and have a minimum of two years' relevant professional experience (supported by references). This may be work (in roles such as curatorial, research, collections, education, public programs, management, documentation, exhibitions) in museums; galleries; archives or collecting institutions; historic sites or heritage places.

Approved degree with a GPA of 4; or Post-secondary study and have a minimum of two years' relevant professional experience (supported by references). This may be work (in roles such as curatorial, research, collections, education, public programs, management, documentation, exhibitions) in museums; galleries; archives or collecting institutions; historic sites or heritage places.

Related programs

Depending on your previous qualifications and current goals, you might want to consider
one of these related programs:

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Additional application information

Applicants may be asked to provide a Supplementary Personal Statement [One page only] Describe your academic interests and reasons for applying. Detail your career objectives and any relevant non-academic achievements as well as any publications. Outline any other relevant experience including attendance at specialist workshops or short courses.

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$12,950

2022

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Approximate yearly cost of tuition (8 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

Fee information for this program is not yet available.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Additional costs

  • Courses that include a field trip component may incur additional costs to cover transport, accommodation and food.

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

How to apply

Important dates

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in Semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in Semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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