MMEd | Master of Museum Education (BNZ2)

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MMEd | Master of Museum Education

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This Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai (BNUZ) and University of British Columbia (UBC) partnership has been developed between with the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP) at UBC and the School of Education at BNUZ.

Domestic & International Students

  • The information and application on this page is for students from Beijing Normal University.  If you are not a student at Beijing Normal University, please apply for this program through  MMEd website.

The Program

The Master of Museum Education is a unique graduate degree program focusing on teaching and learning outside of a classroom setting while bringing together museum educators, community-based educators and classroom teachers. Museum professionals, educators and those with an interest in using the community to support teaching and learning are calling for graduate programs about museum education to further their thinking about the potential of museums as sites of learning.

As museums contemplate new roles within society it will be incumbent upon museum professionals, and particularly museum educators, to become catalysts for different ways of thinking about the educational roles and potentials of museums and other informal learning sites, teaching and learning in museum settings as well as exploring new relationships between museums and the broader community. This program will provide the necessary skills and knowledge for careers as educators in informal settings such as museums, locally and globally, and to support classroom-based teachers in expanding their use of the community as a learning site. The program model is one that recognizes the need for contextualizing museum education curriculum in both home country context (which has its own unique social and political context) and in the Canadian cultural context of museum education, in which practices may be conceptualized in other beneficial ways to that of the student’s own country of origin. The end result are graduating students that are then better able to influence the systems in their own countries with strengthened capacities to introduce beneficial reforms around museum education.

Upon completing the MMEd degree, students will be able to:

  • Critically analyze dominant and alternative theories and discourses of learning and teaching in informal settings
  • Identify the influences of both Aboriginal and international perspectives in facilitating learning experiences in/within museums and communities
  • Develop learning opportunities to integrate learning within classrooms, and learning in informal settings such as museums and other informal learning sites
  • Develop tools to implement and sustain educational programs outside the traditional classroom
  • Develop skills and knowledge to understand and address the increasing complexities of issues facing informal learning settings
  • Evaluate the potential for working with a variety of learning communities
  • Analyze different approaches to teaching and program development, settings, and perspectives

Interview with Dr. David Anderson

Listen to Dr. David Anderson talk about the UBC Master of Museum Education program on Down the Hall radio (episode 38 – A Day at the Museum)!  Dr. Anderson discusses: the difference between the M.Ed. and MMEd programs; how important it is to have teachers who are trained in this field; the ever-growing state of museum education, both in Canada and internationally. Listen here (time-stamp 08:44)

UBC and Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai

The partnership is designed to provide students with the opportunity to graduate with a UBC Master of Museum Education (MMEd) degree.

More Information

For more information about the program, please contact Associate Professor Zhang at:

Associate Professor ZhangZhang Jun, Cohorts Advisor (Zhuhai China)
Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai
School Of Education


Students will have the opportunity to study a range of approved UBC courses at BNUZ prior to applying for admission to the UBC MMEd program.  Successful applicants will then be able to transfer up to four of those courses into their UBC MMEd program.

The UBC MMEd program is a 30-credit program (i.e., students will be required to complete ten 3-credit courses for the degree). The final 3-credits of the program may be a capstone project, which will be developed from original research conducted by students while in Canada.

Acceptance to the program is conditional on upon successful completion of the following courses offered at BNUZ, each at a minimum grade level of 80% (A-) to be eligible for credit transfer to the UBC MMEd degree:

Courses Currently Offered at BNUZ applicable toward the UBC MMEd Degree

  • Museums and Cultural Institutions as Places of Learning (Instructor: David Anderson)
  • Museum and Chinese Culture (Instructor: Kang Changyun)
  • Museum Program Development and Management (Instructor: Dean Wang Jiancheng and Prof Wu Xinchun)

These three BNUZ courses will be delivered in English, and are recognized for transfer credit into the MMEd. at UBC providing the achievement grade is 80% or higher.

Suggested Courses at UBC for the UBC MMEd Degree

  • ANTH 518 – Museum Methods (Museum Practice)
  • EDCP 565 – Teaching in Museums (Pedagogy in Museums)
  • EDCP 558 – Learning in Informal Environments (Informal Learning Theory)
  • EDCP 567 – Curriculum Issues and Theories in Museums (Curriculum theory in Museum Education)
  • EDUC 500 – Research Methodology in Education (Research Inquiry)

Elective Options

  • ANTH 431, Museum Practice and Curatorship (3 credits)
  • ANTH 541, Advanced Seminar in Critical Museum Anthropology (3/6 credits)
  • CCST 501, Contemporary Contextual Issues for Critical and Curatorial Practice (3 credits)
  • CCST 502, Case Studies in Exhibitions and Institutions (3 credits)
  • EDCP 504, Review of Research in Art Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 510, Video Ethnography in Educational Research: Culture, Technology and Interpretation (3 credits)
  • EDCP 512, Educational Action Research (3 credits)
  • EDCP 513, Case-study Research and Cross-Case Analysis (3 credits)
  • EDCP 514, Arts-based Educational Research: A/R/tography (3 credits)
  • EDCP 522, Psychological Foundations of Art Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 523, Seminar in Art Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 538, Theory and Research in Environmental Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 541, Problems in Historical Understanding (3 credits)
  • EDCP 555, Critical Analysis of Curriculum in Science Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 557, Conceptual and Practical Issues in Teaching and Learning of the Sciences (3 credits)
  • EDCP 559, Research in the Teaching and Learning of the Sciences (3 credits)
  • EDCP 566, Curriculum Change, Planning and Implementation (3 credits)
  • ETEC 521, Indigeneity, Technology, and Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 328, Environmental Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 447, Computer-based Science Education (3 credits)
  • EDCP 449, Earth and Space Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
  • EDCP 450, Life Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
  • EDCP 451, Physical Science Beyond the Textbook (3 credits)
  • EDST 565A, Adult Environmental Education (3 credits)
  • SSED 511, Problems in Historical Understanding (3 credits)

Students must take 6 courses (18 credits) at UBC including EDUC 500 (Research Methodology) which is available in both Term 1 (September through December) and Term 2 (January through April).  UBC classes in this program will begin the week of September 3, 2013 and finish the week of August 3, 2014.

The basic admission requirement to the Master’s program is an approved bachelor’s degree. In addition, successful applicants typically have high grades; a coherent, well-written statement of intent; and strong references. Teaching experience is preferred.

All students must meet UBC Faculty of Graduate Studies requirements which include:

  • An approved Bachelor’s degree and one year of teacher education, OR
  • A 5-year Bachelor’s degree in Education; OR
  • A 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Education or other appropriate area provided the applicant has completed all the necessary prerequisites listed below.
  • An overall 85% average unless the applicant attended a National Key University. Degrees from National Key Universities require an 80% average.


Applicants are required to submit a satisfactory official score report from one of the following organizations, obtained no more than two years prior to the application date:

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language, minimum score 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer based), or new minimum TOEFL score of 92 (with a minimum of 22 for each component).
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System. Minimum overall band score 6.5, with no component less than 6.0.

The official score reports must be sent directly by the testing organization to this department: Institution Code 0965, Department Code 85.

Completion of BNUZ Courses

Admission into the program is conditional on upon the successful completion of the three courses offered at BNUZ (See Schedule section), each at a minimum grade level of 80% (A-).


The online application for this program is open.

Application Deadline:  March 10, 2013

In addition to your on-line application, please forward:

  • Two official (sealed) transcripts from all post-secondary institutions (except from UBC) you have attended.
    • If the official transcript does not indicate the degree name and the degree conferral date, then two official copies of the degree certificate are required.
    • Include both original language and official English translations (usually provided by the university) of all transcripts and degree certificates.
  • Three (sealed) letters of reference. It is strongly recommended that references be submitted electronically (by filling in the referee’s email address when completing the online application). If you wish to submit references by mail, the referee’s signature must appear across the seal of the envelope to ensure confidentiality. The form is available here.
  • A one page statement indicating how you think this program will contribute to your work in this field (if you did not complete that in the online application).
  • A Resumé (sample template)

You must apply for this program on-line; please print out these instructions and refer to them when completing your on-line application:

  • Go to
  • Before beginning your application, read all of the instructions
  • When you are ready to apply, click on “Apply Online”
  • Read the instructions, and click on “Create Your Account” (unless you have already begun your application, in which case you should “Login”)
  • Once you have created your account, choose “New Application” and then click on “Start a Completely New Application”
  • Under “Degree Selection,” choose “Master of Museum Education” in the pulldown menu
  • Under “Specialization,” you must choose ” PDCE Master of Museum Education – BNZ2
  • Please make sure you choose the correct specialization, as the Faculty of Graduate Studies will not transfer or refund applications submitted to the wrong degree.
  • Proceed with your application as instructed
  • When finished entering your information, you must click “Submit” for the application to work
  • You will automatically receive an email acknowledgement, with instructions on documentation and deadlines.

Some Application Reminders:

  • We need sealed transcripts from EVERY post-secondary institution you attended, whether or not they issued you a degree, except UBC. If you are a UBC alumnus, please provide your student number and we will print your transcript.
  • If you have transcripts, please enclose or fax us photocopies (604-822-2015). We can make a quick adjudication of your eligibility even before all of your “official” documents arrive. Please note that this adjudication is not official until we have received your sealed transcripts.
  • Send everything – EVERYTHING – to PDCE (1304-2125 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4). The most common delay in admissions is caused by the search for documents that are at other locations on this huge campus.
  • It is preferred that references are submitted electronically: when you submit your application, include the referees’ email addresses. This will generate an automatic email which contains a link to a site where your referees can enter their reference, and then submit it. They can type as much as they want, despite the apparent size of the text box. This link will only be available when your application is submitted. If you plan on having your referee(s) submit a reference by mail, please leave the email address blank on the application.
  • If you decide to submit any or all of your references by hard copy you can download the reference form for this program here. A letter can take the place of the reference form but it must answer the questions posed in the reference form. The reference form is designed for professors to fill out. If any of your referees are not professors, please ask them to write about your ability to successfully complete a graduate degree with this particular focus. Please note: the reference letters must be received at UBC in sealed envelopes with the referee’s signature written across the sealed envelope flap.
  • All Documents, including TOEFL / IELTS certificates, must be submitted before the application closing date of March 10th.  Documents sent or post marked after this date will not be accepted.


The tuition fee international students enrolled in the Master of Museum Education (MMEd) program will be paid over a minimum of three (3) installments per year. For current information on tuition and student fees, please log in to the Student Service Centre.

To find out what it costs to take one of our graduate programs, please refer to the list of programs accepting applications.

Visa – Study Permit

You must apply for a Study Permit from the Canadian Embassy. The process can take from 3-6 months so please apply as early as possible. Visit the Government of Canada website for information and an application kit.


Below are some useful links to assist you in making your accommodation arrangements, we recommend that you review the options provided below. If you wish to live on-campus you need to apply early as there are limited residence spaces available.

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