School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

Museum and Heritage Studies Careers

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Who are our students?

Our students come from diverse academic and cultural backgrounds, including those who have experience and those seeking a career in the museum and heritage industry. The contents of the programme are designed to allow students to pursue topics of personal interest and apply theory to practice through work placements in their chosen fields. Small classes and a stimulating range of guest speakers give the opportunity for vigorous discussion and interaction on topical issues.

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Where Do Museum and Heritage Studies Graduates Work?

Museum and Heritage Studies Graduates work in diverse field within the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector, including:

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Recent Students

This is a sample of the practical placements and dissertations that students have been working on recently.

Practical Placements

  • Researcher for the Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Reference Group, Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
  • Development of an Exhibition Concept Description for a possible future iwi exhibition at Te Papa.
  • Assistant Public Programmes coordinator at the Adam Art Gallery.
  • Report on the development of the Ocean Planet exhibition at Te Papa, to be used as a tool for future exhibition planning.


  • More than 'a one night stand': Evolving partnerships between public museums and corporate organisations
  • Making Art Public: Towards a new model for public art in Wellington
  • Art, craft and hip hop: A history of The Dowse 1971-2006
  • New Zealand history in secondary schools: An examination of teacher topic selection at year 13 level
  • Museum websites: Creating greater access to the New Zealand art collection?
  • Madness in the early twentieth-century New Zealand: The patient case records of Porirua hospital, 1909-15
  • The 'Pasifikisation' of museum practices: A case study of the Tonga Museum past, present and future
  • The negotiation of narratives: A case study of the Indian community exhibition Aainaa: Reflections through Indian weddings at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa