You can specialise in your own areas of interest, through optional modules that explore contemporary curatorial strategies, technologies and media, cultural memory, histories of medicine, audiences, participation and engagement. You will have the option of undertaking a negotiated placement with a museum or heritage organisation.
You will study compulsory and optional modules.
The History and Theory of Modern Science Communication allows you to explore how science, technology and medicine have been communicated to a wider public in the past. You will identify how the processes and purposes of science communication has changed over the last two centuries and debate the consequences for science communication of the introduction of new media, ranging from the radio to the internet. The module addresses these questions by surveying the development of science communication since 1750, and by examining the changing theoretical perspectives that have underpinned these developments. You will learn to re-examine the processes of contemporary science communication in the light of a deeper understanding of this history.
In Interpretations, you will work on a digital interpretative intervention with one of the archives and collections on campus. This experience prepares you for the option of undertaking a negotiated work placement or optional modules exploring audiences, participation or engagement in semester two. Read about exhibitions and activities curated by our students.
In Critical Issues, you are supported to locate interpretive, conservation, curatorial or marketing practices in the context of current academic and professional debates. Through a number of tailored strands – covering contemporary art, heritage, and curating science and technology – you will develop your own mini-research project which prepares your dissertation/practice-led project.
Through our Advanced Research Skills modules, you are equipped to undertake assessments and ultimately develop your own research project. The modules build to a symposium in semester two where you can present initial research findings towards a dissertation on a research topic of interest.
You will choose from a range of optional modules offered by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies and the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. These include the opportunity to complete a placement or consultancy project role in either curational approaches or engagement.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
<p><a href="https://webprod3.leeds.ac.uk/catalogue/dynprogrammes.asp?Y=202122&P=MA-AH%2FCUR-FT">See here for more information and a full list of typical modules available on this course</a>.</p><p>Please note, these modules are for 2021 entry for MA Curating Science. Modules for 2022 entry MA Curating Science and Technology will be available shortly.</p>
Learning and teaching
You will be supported to develop innovative practices of participative engagement and taught by researchers and experienced practitioners. You will benefit from a range of teaching and learning methods including lectures and seminars, group learning sessions as well as gaining insights into specific collections.
You will also learn from practical experience and a variety of external speakers will give you an insight into contemporary practice in the sector.
Independent study is an important element of the degree, allowing you to develop your research and critical skills. The University Library offers free classes and resources on topics such as academic integrity and plagiarism, public speaking, searching for information and structuring essays throughout the course of your degree.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We use a range of assessment methods including essays, presentations, assignments and literature reviews among others, depending on the modules you choose.