New MA in Curating Science launched

A new MA at the University of Leeds will offer students the opportunity to study Curating Science, combining theory and practice to promote new understandings of art and science for the 21st century.

The MA Curating Science is an exciting new programme developed by the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, in collaboration with the School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science.

It will engage students with current debates in curatorial art and museum practice, alongside studies of science, technology and medicine.

This new course responds to the emergence of art, science and technology studies as a field of research and practice, which has led to a growing demand for specialist skills and critical methods for exploring the display and interpretation of these subjects. The MA Curating Science will support students to develop a curatorial practice at the intersection of science, the arts and culture.

Dr Liz Stainforth, Lecturer in Heritage Studies and Programme Director for MA Curating Science, said:

"This new MA has been created to offer students the opportunity to specialise in the growing field of art and science studies, and to gain experience of innovative practices of exhibition, interpretation and curatorship.

"Students on the course will benefit from a combination of lectures, field trips and hands-on experience. The School works with a wide range of museums and arts organisations in the region, including the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Museums and Galleries and the National Science and Media Museum. Through these links, students will have the opportunity to undertake work placements and projects, and develop their professional practice."

Dr Jamie Stark, Associate Professor of Medical Humanities, worked with Stainforth to develop the course. He said of the new MA:

"Curating Science takes an exciting new approach to how scientific ideas are shaped by the world around us. It will give students a critical eye when thinking about science’s fascinating and complex history, and will help them to engage with and challenge audiences about the scientific issues of past, present and future.

"Students will also have the opportunity to gain further experience by becoming involved in the activities of our own Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine."

Students on the course also become members of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage. This will offer the opportunity to take part in networking events, link up with alumni and attend conferences, seminars and reading groups.

See here for further details about the MA Curating Science course, including how to apply.

Image: Dye bottles, Museum of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Leeds (photo: Fiona Blair)