We are proud to be a part of the University of Reading and we offer a range of exciting opportunities for students.

Museum Studies students

Our Museum Studies programme is a unique chance to combine a heritage qualification with Archaeology or Classics at an undergraduate level.

You will take on challenging projects with real collections in working museums with professional staff. You will benefit from placements and engage in a third year exhibition module.

We also support dissertations on museum and public heritage topics. Please contact us to find out more.

Volunteering and the Student Panel

You can get involved in our Volunteer Programme while you study. We have also hosted a Student Panel who advised museum staff and organised exciting events. We hope to start up the Student Panel in the future. Please do contact the Learning Team to find out more information. At the University of Reading your volunteer work is recognised via the RED Award.

Collections-Based Research

Classes from around the University use our collections for teaching. We run a Collections-Based Research training programme for PhD students. We also provide training for Masters students in related subjects.


We offer placements for University of Reading students as part of their course. Those interested should talk to the appropriate person within their department regarding a placement at The MERL.


Occasionally, we are able to offer paid internships in the Museum and Special Collections. These are usually externally funded.

When we do have internships available, we promote them here and through other outlets such as on Twitter and Facebook.