Welcome to the Master of Museum Studies Postgraduate Coursework Program!
The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies program explores collections, cultural processes and strategies that societies use to conserve, communicate and engage with museums and heritage, both tangible (for example, artefacts, buildings, landscapes and monuments) and intangible (for example, memories, cultural practices, crafts, drama, songs and skills). It examines how objects and heritage places are contested, managed and conserved both in the past and today. The program is concerned with the material objects, cultural practices, events and performances through which meaning is constructed in museums and at heritage sites. It is interested in how publics engage with museums and heritage, including sites of trauma, commemoration and memorialization, and how museums and heritage sites have become important components of economic and urban development strategies in many cities and regions around the world.
The learning experience of students in the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies is enriched by access to the wealth of resources offered by the University museum collections in the Macleay Museum, the Nicholson Museum and the University Art Gallery and their curatorial staff. The University also has strong academic and professional ties with a number of major institutions in Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Australian Museum, the Australian National Maritime Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, the National Museum of Australia, the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage, the Powerhouse Museum and Sydney Living Museums. In addition, the program fosters strong connections with academic and professional networks such as the International Council of Museums and Museums Australia.
For students considering further study and an academic career, there is also a pathway to further research in a higher degree such as a PhD.