Introduction by Sharon Heal

The MA's director on the contemporary context for museums

Course fishing

The label ‘museum studies’ covers a huge range and variety of courses

Life lessons

Picking the right course means thinking about yourself – what do you need and where are you going? 

Best practice

Who the teachers are, how they teach, and experience outside class are as important as course content

The long game

Don’t just think about the short term – what you want to do afterwards affects your choice of degree

Form fitting

What course structure will work best for you – part-time, full-time or modular?

Paying for it

The age of the postgraduate loan has arrived, but there are other ways of financing your degree

Showing willing

Volunteering is an essential part of many degrees, and a brilliant way of gaining experience