Learn about preserving cultural heritage of the Middle East and the Gulf.
UCL was established in 1826, and is widely considered to be one of the world’s leading universities. It was the first British university to set up a campus in Qatar, which opened its doors in 2012, and is now attended by more than 140 students from over 40 countries.
The courses on offer at UCL Qatar incorporate extended field placements with a focus on practical skills, making UCL Qatar one of the best places to begin studying for a career in cultural heritage – particularly for those interested in focusing specifically on the Gulf and the wider Middle East region.
MSc Conservation Studies
Students will be trained in the theory and principals of conservation, and will be able to specialise in a material of their choice in the second year. There is a regional focus to the course, as well as substantial practical placements at museums, sites and cultural heritage organisations across the region.
Two years full-time MA Museum and Gallery Practice
Students will be equipped with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to assume a career as a leading museum professional within Qatar, the wider Gulf region or further afield. Key areas of museum studies to be taught include collections management; museum, gallery and site management; exhibition development; contemporary art debates; visual studies; education and emerging digital technologies. Through practical placements, students will also gain a unique insight into the developing local and international museum sector.
One year full-time, two years part-time
MA Archaeology of the Arab and Islamic World
Students will gain a detailed understanding of human occupation and societies in the Islamic and Arab world, with a focus on the Middle East, from the first appearance of modern humans through to recent centuries. They will be trained in the recovery, analysis and interpretation of archaeological data, and will specialise in an area, time-period or field of their choice through their dissertation study.
Two years full-time
Diploma in Academic Research and Methods
The Diploma in Academic Research and Methods is an eight-month course, beginning in August 2015. It is a pre-master’s level course, designed to prepare students for master’s level study, and is also suitable for candidates who do not quite meet the usual entry requirements for direct admission to a UCL master’s degree programme. The diploma focuses on developing research methods and techniques, as well as essay and dissertation structuring.
Eight months full-time
Fees for further education can be steep, but UCL Qatar offers multiple funding and scholarship options. Any candidate who receives an offer of admission is eligible to apply and the university automatically sends students a scholarship application form prior to enrolment. Funding is not guaranteed and is allocated based on academic merit and financial need, but all students are given the opportunity to apply.
UCL Qatar Short Courses
For professionals already working, UCL Qatar’s short courses are an opportunity to expand your knowledge, learn about new developments or gain a better understanding of other disciplines in their field. Lecturers for the courses come from a wide range of international institutions around the world, including UCL. Courses include: 3D mount-making, Introduction to Art Therapy, Introduction to Textiles, Preparing a Disaster Plan, Publication of Academic Papers and supporting children with special educational needs in museums, libraries and archives.
Check with the website for the latest list of shot courses on offer, www.ucl.ac.uk/qatar.