The Ashmolean and the University of Oxford
The Ashmolean is a University Museum and a Department of the University, which owns the collections and employs the museum staff. The Museum has very close links with the faculties, and the colleges, and museum staff undertake a great deal of University teaching and research. The Museum's Collections are also an important teaching and research resource for scholars and students from other institutions both in this country and abroad.
Undergraduate degree courses at Oxford University involving museum staff and collections include bachelors degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology; Ancient and Modern History; Classical and Ancient History; Egyptology and Ancient Near Eastern Studies; Classics; History of Art; Fine Art; Arabic, Persian and Turkish; Islamic Art and Archaeology. In many cases dissertation topics for these degrees are based on Museum collections.
Postgraduate courses using the Museum collections and staff include Masters degrees in European Archaeology; World Archaeology; Landscape Archaeology; Professional Archaeology; Greek and/or Roman History; Classical Archaeology; Byzantine Studies; Cuneiform Studies; Egyptology; History of Art; Islamic Art and Archaeology; Modern Chinese Art and Literature. Masters students often continue their studies in these areas basing doctoral theses on the museum collections, supervised by museum staff.
In addition the Ashmolean hopes soon to offer elective courses to medical students (Ancient Medicine, Ways of Seeing and Observing), as well as providing a cultural resource independently of set courses. All undergraduates of Oxford and Oxford Brookes Universities receive an invitation to a special evening event in the museum in their first year.