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ARTF5720M Dissertation for the MA in Art Gallery and Museum Studies

50 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Rob Knifton
Email: r.h.

Taught: 1 Jan to 30 Sep View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

This module is mutually exclusive with

ARTF5999MMA Practice-led Dissertation

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies dissertation will enable students to make an original contribution to knowledge and understanding of an aspect of museological and/or curatorial study.The dissertation workshops and individual supervisions will support the development of independent research and critical and conceptual thinking.Alongside this, there will be an emphasis on assessing the critical, theoretical and reflective skills necessary to independently develop research relevant to the museum, gallery and heritage sector. A specific area of research will be developed by the student with the support of their supervisor, drawing from approaches developed throughout the MA programme.


On completion of this module, students should be able to make an original and valuable contribution to knowledge and understanding of an aspect of the subject with which the module is concerned; and, in doing so, to acquire the requisite skills of locating and interpreting relevant primary and secondary source material, collating and analysing evidence and presenting research findings in a lucid and coherent form.

Learning outcomes
- The development of critical self-understanding about methods and resources for analysis, writing and research in the context of their field of study and the specific domains of the MA programme.

- Knowledge of a specific area of research defined by the student with the support of their supervisor.

Skills outcomes
- Skills necessary to undertake higher research degree and/or for employment in a higher capacity in an area of professional practice.
- Evaluating own achievement and that of others.
- Self-direction and effective decision-making.
- Independent learning.
- Use of methodologies and theoretical resources.


Subject of dissertation to be developed via discussion with staff.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Individual Support40.502.00
Private study hours490.00
Total Contact hours10.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)500.00

Private study

Private study and independent learning will be comprised of reading (165 hours), researching (165 hours) and writing (160 hours) the dissertation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Given via dissertation workshops, supervisory process and MA symposium presentation feedback.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or Dissertation1 x 12,000-15,000 word dissertation100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/06/2021 16:04:50


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