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American University in Cairo - MA Islamic Art & Architecture

Founded in 1919, AUC (American University in Cairo) is the region’s leading English-language University and the center of the intellectual, social and cultural life of the Arab world. With a community of students and faculty members representing more than 60 countries, AUC is a crossroads for the world’s cultures and a vibrant forum for reasoned argument, spirited debate and understanding across cultures.

The MA aims at consolidating previous knowledge of Islamic art and architecture with detailed surveys of specific geographic areas and with seminars on special topics. With two full-time and two adjunct faculty members, AUC offers more courses in English on Islamic art and architecture than any other university in the world.


School of Oriental & African Studies - MA History of Art and Architecture of the Islamic Middle East

The School of Arts is a progressive and timely response to a changing world. One of the very few centres globally specialising in the vital and increasingly important developments taking place in the cultural industries of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Programmes focus on historical and contemporary contexts, combining disciplinary rigour and innovative interdisciplinary exchange. The department offers a uniquely broad range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the history of art, archaeology, architecture and material culture of Asia, Africa and the Middle East from ancient times to the present day.

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Oxford University - Masters Islamic Art & Archaeology

Faculty of Oriental Studies and Khalili Research Centre. The MPhil is a two-year course combining comprehensive training in the history of Islamic art, architecture and archaeology, research, and language instruction. The course is designed for students with little or no background in Islamic art and archaeology who wish also to learn Arabic or Persian or Ottoman Turkish. It is suitable either as a stand-alone course or as the first two years of doctoral research. The MSt in Islamic Art and Archaeology is a one-year degree which aims to provide tailor-made courses in order to train you at the beginning of your research in the history of Islamic art and architecture (to circa 1900) and in Islamic archaeology.

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University College London - MA Museum Studies, Managing Archaeological Sites, Conservation

The Museum Studies MA programme provides a broad academic and professional training in all aspects of museum work, whilst encouraging students to reflect critically on the concept of the museum and its associated practices. It is intended primarily for those who wish to enter the museum profession in the UK or abroad or else pursue PhD studies on museological topics. It provides a balance of practice and theory for students from a wide range of academic backgrounds and cultures. The programme engages with all kinds of museums, from art galleries to science museums, from memorial museums to digital museums, without specialising in any particular type. It is available full-time over one calendar year or part-time over two calendar years. The degree consists of taught courses, a dissertation and a museum placement, as well as practical classes and organised museum visits.

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University of Durham - MA in the Conservation of Archaeological & Museum Objects/ Museum & Artefact Studies

This is a two-year course, which educates and trains graduate students to be conservators capable of researching, analysing, cleaning, preserving and caring for a wide range of archaeological and museum objects. It is intended for those who wish to become practising artefact conservators, or work in the fields of artefact research or preventive conservation. Graduates of the course will normally work in museums or large heritage organisations such the National Trust or English Heritage. Graduate students are drawn from a wide range on disciplines, but manual dexterity, a very basic knowledge of chemistry and an enthusiasm and desire to work with museum objects are essential.

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University of East Anglia - Museum Studies

Prepare yourself for entry into the museum profession, with this intensive course in which you will combine more conceptual modules with the practical experience of working in local museums. You will benefit from training in the history and theory of museums and collecting, museum politics and policies, gallery and museum education, exhibition design and implementation, and the care, management and interpretation of collections, ensuring you graduate ready for a successful career in your chosen field. With a relatively small number of students, this degree can be tailored to your personal interests.

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University of Leicester - Museum Studies

Over the past 50 years the University of Leicester has acquired a global reputation for its leading-edge thinking and experimental practice both in the field of museum studies and amongst cultural institutions of all types. Today, Museum Studies at Leicester is a place where researchers, practitioners and postgraduate students from around the world come together to think creatively and critically about museums, galleries and heritage; to explore and investigate, to experiment and create, to question and debate.

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University of Sussex - Diploma/ MA Conservation Studies

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), 100 per cent of our research was rated as world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised. Our research is fundamental to our teaching; you will be taught by expert academics who are publishing the ideas that shape the understanding of art history as a discipline. Art history at Sussex is ranked in the top 10 in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2014-15, and 12th in The Guardian University Guide 2017. The skills of our faculty represent a unique array across European and American art and culture, with an interest in material culture. Through our strong links with local and national museums (including the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Maritime Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Charleston House) you gain access to art objects and research materials. Those taking the MA in Art History and Museum Curating undertake a work placement in one of our partner museums or galleries, acquiring vocational skills and practical experience.


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University of York - MA Conservation Studies/ MSC Digital Heritage

If you’re interested in a career in heritage or historic building conservation, the Conservation Studies course at York gives you the theoretical knowledge and practical, hands-on experience you will need for a professional role in the sector. Established in 1972, the course was the first of its kind in the UK, and has developed an international reputation for producing highly skilled and knowledgeable conservation practitioners.

Introduced in 2010 in response to the growth in digital heritage practices, this course provides training for professionals who wish to work in digital archiving, visualisation, and museums and heritage sector interpretation, curation and education. It draws on the Archaeology department’s strengths in both Archaeological Information Sciences and Cultural Heritage Management – offering a unique qualification that combines the theoretical and ground-level study of heritage management with practical training in new technologies, from database systems and virtual-reality modelling to social media platforms.

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Harvard University - Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture

The Documentation Center of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Fine Arts Library, a part of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and MIT, was established in 1979 by a gift from H.H. the Aga Khan to support teaching and research on the history of art and architecture in Islamic societies.

The program funds acquisitions and cataloging, as well as research and reference services. It has helped build comprehensive collections that combine visual and printed documentation on the art, architecture, archaeology, and epigraphy of the Islamic world.


MIT - Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture

Established in 1979 through an endowment from His Highness the Aga Khan, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture (AKPIA) at MIT is a unique international graduate program designed to promote, sustain, and increase the teaching of architecture of the Islamic world. It prepares students for careers in research, design, and teaching. With strong links with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and the Aga Khan Programs at Harvard, AKPIA concentrates on the critical study of the history and historiography of Islamic architecture; the interaction between architecture, society, and culture; strategies of urban and architectural preservation; design interventions in disaster areas and environmental and water-conserving landscape research. The siting of AKPIA in MITís Department of Architecture is intended to negate the polarizing dichotomy between the discipline of architecture (derived from Western architectural history and praxis) and Islamic Architecture, which has developed independently and in dialogue with other world architectural traditions.

AKPIA offers students a concentration in Islamic architecture and urbanism as part of the two-year SMArchS degree and the PhD program in HTC. Undergraduates may concentrate in Middle Eastern Studies using subjects offered by AKPIA. The program also has links with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

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Khalili Research Centre - Art & Material Culture of the Islamic societies of the Middle East

The Khalili Research Centre (KRC) is the University of Oxford's centre for research into the art and material culture of the Islamic societies of the Middle East and of their non-Muslim members and neighbours. It is also the University's centre for teaching the subject, especially to graduate students, but also to undergraduates. The KRC is part of the Faculty of Oriental Studies in the University, and is administered by a director and a management committee appointed by and answerable to the Board of the Faculty.

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