Postgraduate study in Museums and Cultural Heritage

Postgraduate study opportunities in Museums and Cultural Heritage

At Bachelor of Arts (Honours) level, Museums and Cultural Heritage combines courses in museum studies with courses in other relevant disciplines: Anthropology, Art History, History, Maori Studies and Sociology.

You can therefore continue to specialise in the area of your undergraduate degree, with a focus on visual and material culture. You are encouraged to build up expertise in your chosen field. At the same time you will develop an understanding of museums and heritage practices in visual and material culture, with particular relevance to New Zealand and the Pacific. You will widen your scope and understand related areas of study within museums and cultural heritage.

For the Master of Arts you can undertake research to address problems relating to the exhibition of visual and material culture. This will combine your knowledge of a particular discipline with museum theory and practice.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Museums and Cultural Heritage

The BA(Hons) is a stand alone degree a postgraduate level. It may be taken after a completed BA and is awarded as a separate qualification. The BA(Hons) may be used as the entry qualification for the one year MA.

Admission requirements

A major in one of Anthropology, Art History, History, Maori Studies, Museums and Cultural Heritage or Sociology or, in exceptional cases, such other subject as approved by the Coordinator of the Programme in Museums and Cultural Heritage.

Programme overview

Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

Required course of study

All students enrolling in MUSEUMS 780 dissertation are asked to submit a one-page proposal outlining their provisional title and description of the project to pg-museums@auckland.ac.nz. Please include your name, student ID number, postal address and email address at the top of your proposal.

Consult the BA(Hons) schedule for the courses you may take and how to structure your study.

Master of Arts in Museums and Cultural Heritage

Programme overview

Master of Arts

There are two separate MA options, depending on your entrance pathway.

120-point (one-year) MA

The 120-point MA requires one year of full-time study, with admission from a BA(Hons) or PGDipArts. The MA in Museums and Cultural Heritage is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA(Hons) or PGDipArts in Museums and Cultural Heritage or, in exceptional cases, another subject as approved by the Programme Co-ordinator, or equivalent.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study.

240-point (two-year) MA

The 240-point MA requires two consecutive years of full-time study, with admission from a BA or approved equivalent qualification. The MA in Museums and Cultural Heritage is available as a research masters.

Admission requirements

A BA (or approved equivalent qualification) with a major in one of Anthropology, Art History, History, Maori Studies, Museums and Cultural Heritage or Sociology,  or, in exceptional cases, another subject as approved by the Programme Co-ordinator. You must have an average grade of B or higher in at least 45 points above Stage II in the major.

To progress to the second year of the MA

In the first 120 points of MA enrolment, you must achieve:

  • An average grade of B, or
  • For a research masters, any grade specified for enrolment in a thesis or research portfolio.

If you do not achieve the required grade, enrolment for the MA cannot continue.

Required course of study

Consult the MA schedule for how to structure your study and for the courses you may take.

All students enrolling in MUSEUMS 796 or MUSEUMS 799 (thesis) are required to submit a two-page proposal to pg-museums@auckland.ac.nz. The proposal should include: provisional title, description of the project, and list of primary resources (literature). Please also include your name, student ID number, postal address and email address at the top of your proposal.

Master of Heritage Conservation - Museums and Cultural Heritage

The Master of Heritage Conservation specialising in Museums and Cultural Heritage is an inter-faculty degree that will appeal to professionals and aspiring professionals in the industry.

Find out more about the Master of Heritage Conservation - Museums and Cultural Heritage

Apply and enrol

To apply and enrol for postgraduate study, visit our page on how to apply.

Contact a Graduate Adviser

For more information on postgradute study in Museums and Cultural Heritage, contact the Adviser, Dr Ngarino Ellis.