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Curating and Collections Management Postgraduate Certificate

Birkbeck, University of London

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Birkbeck, University of London

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

The Postgraduate Certificate in Curating and Collections Management offers you a unique opportunity to gain practical skills in museum work and to better understand the issues facing curators and collections managers today. It will help you answer important questions such as:

  • How do you pitch a proposal for an exhibition?
  • How would you project manage this and who would need to be involved?
  • How would you organise a loan for an exhibition?
  • What are the different ways of cataloguing a museum object and why does the information you keep matter?
  • How would you store a sacred object, or something that was extremely fragile?

You will spend two intensive weeks (one per year) studying the foundational principles of curating and collections management, debating the challenges and opportunities of contemporary museums and gallery practice and visiting London museums and galleries. You will listen to experts talking about their working practices, learn skills of documentation and work in groups to develop an exhibition.

This Postgraduate Certificate is suitable if you have a first degree and are interested in a vocational qualification, or as a refresher course if you are already working in a museum and gallery.


Birkbeck graduates in history of art and museum studies have gone on to work in all fields of museum and gallery practice.

Our recent graduates have found employment in the Jewish Museum, Geffrye Museum, English National Opera and Bishopsgate Institute as educators, curators and archivists. Some have also gone on to academic research and are now studying for a PhD, while others have taken advantage of the transferable skills they have acquired to work in the media and charitable sectors.

We offer a comprehensive Careers Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 5,340per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London

  • Campus address

    Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HX, England

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