School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies

Museum and Heritage Studies

Please note: Information on this page relates to the 2016 academic year unless otherwise specified.

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This subject is taught by the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies.


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Victoria University's Museum and Heritage Studies Programme produces graduates with the knowledge, skills and critical and creative thinking which are demanded in today's cultural sector.

Students will acquire a broad grasp of this interdisciplinary field which combines history, theory, and practice with opportunities for independent research and workplace projects.

The Programme is ideally situated in Wellington, and has strong relationships with national organisations such as Te Papa, the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Historic Places Trust, the Department of Conservation, Museums Aotearoa and Creative New Zealand as well as with many smaller regional museums, art galleries, archives and other heritage organisations.

The Programme is staffed by two full-time lecturers backed up by a group of highly qualified professionals drawn from the sector who have extensive input into the programme.

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Undergraduate information

Museums, galleries, and heritage sites are increasingly positioned within the leisure and tourism industry and compete with the growing range of choices that people have in their free time. It is therefore important that students planning to work in the museum and wider cultural sector understand the broad social and cultural context within which people make decisions about how they will spend their leisure.

Two co-taught courses at undergraduate level offer students an opportunity to explore these issues using a range of theoretical perspectives and practical examples, with a particular focus on leisure as related cultural practices encompassing heritage, travel and play.

These courses provide a bridge to postgraduate qualifications in Museum and Heritage Studies. They are not part of a major, but are designed to complement study in other disciplinary areas such as Tourism, Education, Religious Studies, Classics, Art History, Sociology, History, Cultural Anthropology, Geography, Environmental Studies, Māori and Pacific Studies.

Please note: FHSS 206 and 301 are not being offered in 2016.

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Postgraduate information

Postgraduate qualifications in Museum and Heritage Studies

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How to find out more and staff contacts

Want to find out more about studying at Victoria? Register now to find out more about your study options and keep updated on application and enrolment information, open days and events.

If you need help deciding what degree might be right for you, or what courses to take, talk with a liaison officer or book a course planning session with us, call 0800 VICTORIA (842 867) or email

If you’re a returning or transferring student, contact the Faculty Student and Academic Services Office, for help with degree planning and for information on admission requirements and transfer credit from other institutions.

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List of courses

Museum and Heritage Studies courses are taught within the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies.

Meet staff from the Museum and Heritage Studies Programme.

Dr Conal McCarthy
Programme Director
Phone: 0-4-463 7470

Administrative Enquiries
Phone:0-4-463 5807

200 Level Courses

FHSS 206 – Cultures of Leisure: Heritage, Travel and Play

300 Level Courses

FHSS 301 – Cultures of Leisure: Heritage, Travel and Play

500 Level Courses

MHST 511 – Introducing Museums and Heritage

MHST 512 – Practicum 1

MHST 513 – Research Methods

MHST 514 – Practicum 2

MHST 515 – Museums and Maori

MHST 516 – Making Meanings: Museums, Heritage and Leisure Experience

MHST 517 – Art Gallery Studies

MHST 518 – Research Essay

MHST 519 – Project

MHST 520 – Special Topic: Exhibition Studies

MHST 521 – Special Topic

MHST 522 – Historic Heritage Conservation

MHST 523 – Research Essay

MHST 524 – Special Topic: Study Tour

MHST 591 – Thesis

MHST 593 – Dissertation