Museum studies

Student in museum

Museum studies is offered at postgraduate level only. It is for students with a first degree (or equivalent knowledge and experience) who want a career in museums and other heritage institutions.

The programme is broad and practical, with a strong critical theory background. It explores topics such as the history of collections, collection and museum management, object display, programme evaluation and visitor studies. An emphasis of the programme is taonga Māori and museums, in the current museum context.


Museum studies is only available at postgraduate level. The programme is taught by distance with compulsory contact workshops.


167.742 Collection Management
167.743 Museum Management
167.744 Museums and the Public
167.800 MPhil Thesis
167.816 Thesis (Part I)
167.817 Thesis (Part II)
167.890 Advanced Research Practicum
167.896 Dissertation
167.899 MA Thesis
167.900 PhD Museum Studies
150.715 Taonga Tuku Iho: Heritage Aotearoa

Staff and contact

For more information, please contact the programme coordinator Dr Susan Abasa.

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