Victoria University of Wellington

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Museum and Heritage Studies

Victoria University's Museum and Heritage Studies Programme produces graduates with the knowledge, skills and critical and creative thinking which are demanded in today's cultural sector. The Programme offers a range of flexible qualifications and courses which balance taught classes and work experience, academic research and professional skills. Students will acquire a broad grasp of this interdisciplinary field which combines history, theory and practice with opportunities for independent research and workplace projects.

The Programme offers three specialist qualifications as well as an MA by thesis and PhD by thesis. The Graduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Studies consists of two core courses, and it is the ideal introduction to the Museum and Heritage sector and a platform for further study. The Graduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Studies is a four-course diploma, comprising an introductory course, practicum, elective and research essay or project, and it provides a flexible qualification for working professionals or graduate students seeking a career in the field.

The Master of Museum and Heritage Studies is a postgraduate degree which requires four taught courses, two practicums and a dissertation based on original research. The unique combination of theoretical and applied study at an advanced level prepares graduates for a career in museums, art galleries and a range of cultural and natural heritage organisations in New Zealand. Taking advantage of Wellington' rich cultural resources, classes incorporate numerous field trips and input from senior staff of local organisations.