Museum Studies (with internship) - CL700

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.




This module is exempt from the randomised selection criteria. Students will be selected by their subject grades and attendance record.
Not available as a wild module
Not available to Erasmus or Short Term Students



The module will allow the student to acquire knowledge and critical understanding of the fundamental principles related to collecting and interpreting objects within museums and managing these institutions. .Students will be required to become familiar and engage critically, during the seminars, with the key references on these topics. Students will then be required to apply concepts and principles learnt in class in the context of their internship.. As part of their internship, each student will devise a special project in consultation with the mentor and the module convenor. Precise objectives and skills to be learnt will be recorded and tracked regularly. Students will keep a weekly log of their activities. The placement may take place either as a block during the Easter vacation of Stage 2 or 3, or at regular intervals over the Autumn and Spring terms.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

Contact hours: Autumn term: One hour Lecture/seminar for 10 weeks: 20 hours.
Spring term: two hours seminars for 5 weeks: 10 hours.
Placement time: Approximately 70 hours (equivalent to one half day per week for 22 weeks).
Independent study: 200 hours.
Total: 300 hours.


Also available under code CL701 (Level 6)


Some travel may be required by students taking this module. In this instance, it should be noted that the University is unable to cover the cost of any such journey.  It may be possible to apply for funding through the Bursary for Kent Experiences of Work (B-KEW) scheme, although terms and conditions will apply.  For further information please see

Method of assessment

100% coursework

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List -

- Ambrose, T. and Paine, C., 2012. Museum Basics. Routledge
- Edson, G. and Dean. D., 2005. The Handbook for Museums. Routledge
- Anderson, G. 2004. Reinventing the Museum: Historical and Contemporary; Perspectives on the Paradigm Shift. Walnut Creek, Cal.: AltaMira Press
- Fforde, C. et al (eds), 2004. The Dead and Their Possessions: Repatriation in Principle, Policy and Practice. London: Routledge
- Kwashima, N.1997. Museum Management in a Time of Change Warwick: University of Warwick, Centre for the Study of Cultural Policy
- Hooper-Greenhill, E. 1997. Cultural Diversity: Developing Museum audiences in Britain,

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will have:
11.1. obtained knowledge and critical understanding of the well-established principles of museum studies and of the way in which those principles have developed;
11.2. demonstrated the ability to apply underlying concepts and principles outside the context in which they were first studied, particularly during the internship
11.3. displayed knowledge of the main methods of enquiry on different topics related to collections care, management and interpretation, and ability to evaluate critically the appropriateness of these different approaches to solving problems
11.4. shown an understanding of the limits of their knowledge, in particular of their biases, and how these influence their analyses and interpretation of collections and decisions related to conservation and management

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