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Master of Museum and Heritage Practice - MMHP

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Level of Study

Master's Degree


12 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Victoria University of Wellington


Get the practical skills, theoretical knowledge and sector experience you need to work as a museum and heritage professional.

Join a programme that's an integral part of New Zealand’s museum and heritage sector. It’s been designed for and with the sector to give you the professional development you need for a career in GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives and museums) or in heritage management.

Taking advantage of Wellington's rich cultural resources, you’ll head out on numerous field trips and meet with experts from local organisations. Studying in the School of Art History, Classics and Religious Studies, you’ll learn from academics with strong local and international networks, along with highly qualified professionals drawn from the sector.


Past students have been snapped up for a wide range of roles in the sector, including exhibition developer, collection manager, gallery manager, curator, researcher, registrar, interpreter and educator. They're working in museums, art galleries, libraries, archives, government and community and heritage organisations all around New Zealand. Other students have embarked on academic careers, building on their research work.

Qualification family structure

The Master of Museum and Heritage Practice is part of a tiered family of qualifications. These are staircases so that courses completed for each qualification can count towards the next step.

  • A Postgraduate Certificate in Museum and Heritage Practice (PGCertMHP) can lead into:
  • A Postgraduate Diploma in Museum and Heritage Practice (PGDipMHP), which can lead into:
  • A Master of Museum and Heritage Practice (MMHP).

Entry criteria

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet:

A Bachelor's degree with a B+ range average

To be accepted by the programme director as capable of proceeding with the proposed course of study

Proof of English proficiency

To be accepted into this programme you will need to meet one of the following:

IELTS: minimum overall score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0

TOEFL: minimum score of 90 for the internet-based test with a minimum of 20 in writing

Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 58 (with a ‘Communicative’ score of not less than 50)

EPP: minimum final scores of 4,4,5,5

Application Deadline - Trimester 1: 1 Dec.

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