Museum Studies is a one-year MA-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. The programme connects museum practices with academic research and focuses on a wide range of current issues regarding museum collections and ownership.
In this programme, you will explore a range of issues in cultural politics and cultural theory within the context of modern museum practices. You will find that the programme benefits from Leiden’s long-standing tradition in academia and museum work. Three large national museums (the National Museum of Antiquities, the Museum of National History, and the Museum of Ethnology) were founded in Leiden at the beginning of the 19th century.
Our courses are based on ongoing research projects. Many of these involve both researchers from Leiden university as well as from the Leiden museums, ensuring an up-to-date focus.This specialisation also addresses ethical issues concerning ownership and mobility of collections. In addition, you will explore the politics of museums and collecting, which museums worldwide are increasingly involved in. The unique combination of practical experience and high-quality academic research offers you a dynamic, contemporary environment in a 200-year tradition.
As part of this master’s specialisation, you will be able to work as an intern in a museum or institution. This will provide you with valuable hands-on experience and will expand your network.
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