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Please visit The Centre for Museology for detailed information about the PhD and MPhil in Museology and Professional Doctorate in Museum Practice.
All Museology staff supervise research students and welcome enquiries from prospective students in their respective research areas:
Dr Kostas Arvanitis: Works in the field of digital heritage, which includes the theory and practice of digital media in museums, galleries and other heritage sites. Researches the use of in-gallery digital interactives, Web 2.0 applications and mobile media (such as mobile phones and hand-held computers) for purposes of curation, interpretation and learning. Also works in the areas of archaeological curatorship, museum archaeology, monuments in urban environments and outdoor museums.
Dr Helen Rees Leahy: Works primarily on collections of fine and decorative art, and writes on issues of art collecting, display and interpretation, gallery space and the art market. Also works on practices of visiting and the politics of cultural access, past and present.
Louise Tythacott: Specialises in the relationship between anthropology and museums. Has written on the relationship between non-western art and museums and present research interests focus on the history of the perception and display of non-European objects and the politics of representing other cultures in museums.Current postgraduate research students are working on topics as diverse as:
- Exhibitions as a Medium of Communication
- The Display of Medieval Decorative Arts in 19th century Museums and Exhibitions
- Animals in 18th century Britain
- Displaying Dress: New Models for Historical Collections (AHRC Collaborative Doctorate with Manchester City Galleries)
- The Western Front as a Ritual Landscape
- Object Biographies of Anglo-Saxon Material Culture
- Visitor Practices at Historic Sites of Conscience
- University Earth Science Collections
- The Role of the Curator in Museums of Art
The award of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) follows three years of successful supervised research undertaken in the School (it can also be achieved part-time over a longer period). The maximum length of the PhD thesis is 80,000 words. Students registering for a PhD normally have an MA or an MPhil already.
The award of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) follows one year of successful supervised research (longer if part-time), and the thesis is 40,000 to 60,000 words in length.
If you are thinking of applying to do a research degree in the Centre for Museology, you should consult the individual web profiles of our members of staff and think
about how their research interests coincide with yours www.manchester.ac.uk/museology. Our web profiles include our emails, so you can easily contact us if you wish. It is in the nature of research that it is exploratory and breaks new ground, and we can help you judge what areas you might most profitably explore
Professional Doctorate in Museum Practice
We are now accepting applications for the new Professional Doctorate in Museum Practice which launches in September 2010. This pioneering doctoral programme is specifically designed for people working in museums and galleries who want to undertake advanced research which builds on their professional knowledge and practice. Find out more.