Postgraduate taught 

Art History: Collecting & Provenance in an International Context MSc

Introduction to Museology INFOST5017

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Humanities
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: No

Short Description

Introduction to Museology introduces students to different theoretical approaches to, and critical reflections on, museums. It covers the history and role of museums; their architecture, design and layout; use of collections; ethical issues; and questions of definition, description, documentation, interpretation and display. This course is taught via Blended Learning, combining online activities with on campus seminars and visits.


2 hours per week for 10 weeks as scheduled on MyCampus. Teaching is via Blended Learning and may include online lectures, on campus seminars, workshops and fieldtrips

Excluded Courses





A seminar critique or book review (30%) of 750 words and an essay (70%) of 3,000 words.

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ develop a critical understanding of museological issues;

■ reflect on multiple theoretical approaches to museums;

■ appreciate the evolving role of museums

■ develop an understanding of how theoretical debates relate to museum practice.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:


■ Identify and evaluate key issues in both historical and contemporary museum practice

■ Evaluate the changing and alternative roles that museums have fulfilled in society

■ Evaluate the impact of national and international contexts on historical and contemporary museum practice

■ Apply theoretical knowledge through engagement with contemporary museological debates and identify constructive responses to the practical challenges museology poses

■ Apply theoretical frameworks for analysing museums to their own national contexts

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.