Museum Studies

Museum Studies

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

The programme is broad and practical, with a strong critical theory background and 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.

The programme is taught by distance and from our Palmerston North campus. A compulsory two to three day course is held annually.


A Postgraduate Diploma in Museum Studies and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies are available.



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

More information

For more information, please contact the programme coordinator.

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