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MAInnovation and Leadership in Museum Practice

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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We’re working with Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) to jointly deliver this unique course which responds to the growing need for museum professionals to be multi-skilled, innovative and commercially aware, creating industry-ready graduates.

The course will create industry-ready professionals by providing you with educational excellence combined with practical experience, a combination becoming more and more essential for entry to a career pathway in the cultural heritage sector.

The course will appeal to both UK and overseas degree graduates, and those seeking a career change, or museum and heritage staff selecting the part-time study option, wishing to upskill.

You’ll learn about the importance that innovation plays in 21st century museum operations as the course will introduce you to the three vital strands of contemporary museum practice:

Innovative Collections Management
Innovative Learning and Programming
Leadership and Heritage Site Management
You’ll work and learn in a museum environment alongside leading museum professionals and apply research to real-life situations with the public. The course will offer you the opportunity to explore the three core strands from which you’ll be invited to select a particular route for further development.

You’ll develop an understanding of project management in museum operations, and learn about the principles involved with the construction and delivery of projects. Within the framework of BMT’s own unique Management of Museum Projects framework, you’ll learn about the importance of taking a structured approach to project management through the development of a business case and a project team, working on real-time projects in a museum environment.

You’ll develop your learning experience and explore key specialisms such as Collections Management and Conservation, Collections Research, Curation, Creative Programming, Digital Innovation and Engagement, Audience Development and Marketing, Commercial Operations, and Leadership.

Digital technology and social media are transforming access to museum collections and communication with audiences. The course will be supported by a rich source of digital resources.

Transferable skills developed include key qualities such as: creative and imaginative thinking; communication and presentation skills – practical, written and verbal; independent working, demonstrating initiative and self-reliance; planning and strategising skills; time management skills.

Career opportunities

The course will help graduates to become operational managers of cultural venues, curators, exhibitions officers, learning officers, community engagement officers, marketing and communications managers, visitor experience managers, audiences research officers, freelance independent curators.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States