Teaching & the Pitt Rivers Museum

MSc or MPhil Visual, Material and Museum Anthropology (VMMA): teaching format and museum placements

photo 3 of student looking at museum object

Photo credit: Nyema Droma, 2019

Teaching focuses on theoretical and analytical perspectives, along with a range of current and innovative anthropological research methods that are relevant to VMMA. The course also features film screenings followed by discussions. Students engage in anthropological approaches, debates, and methods both within museums and in wider material worlds. 

Much of the teaching for VMMA takes place in the Pitt Rivers Museum, and uses the collections and galleries of the museum to develop critical discussion.

Students on the VMMA course have opportunities to engage with activities at the Pitt Rivers Museum. In previous years students have: assisted with visits by indigenous researchers, catalogued and scanned photographs and manuscripts, researched the museum’s collections, and contributed to the curation of exhibitions and public events.

The University’s volunteering service also offers placements at the University museums and internships at the Pitt Rivers Museum sometimes become available to VMMA students.

Visit the Pitt Rivers Museum (PRM) website at: https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk

You can navigate and explore the galleries of the PRM virtually with this 3D digital version of the Museum: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=ns3yCKpUzSq&help=1