This MA course combines the theory and practice of managing cultural heritage (including townscapes and landscapes, historic buildings, archaeological sites). The MA is tailored to respond to the local and international need for qualified, responsible and adaptable cultural heritage professionals with highly developed conceptual and analytical skills. The course may also be taken as preparation for more advanced research into the global and local problems and issues surrounding the management of the cultural heritage.
The course is available both full-time and part-time. It is structured so as to explore the essentially interdisciplinary nature of cultural heritage and its management. The taught components of the course include aspects of archaeology, architecture, art history, conservation, cultural resource management, heritage management, museum studies and other related fields such as development studies and environmental studies.
Under the supervision of the course director, teaching is undertaken by a unique constellation of highly qualified and experienced researchers, lecturers and active heritage professionals. Specially invited professionals from regional, national and international heritage organisations also contribute.
The taught part of the course includes the compulsory modules: ‘Critical Perspectives in Cultural Heritage’, ‘Interpretation and Participation’, ‘World Heritage’,and ‘At Close Quarters: The English Country House and its Collections’. The modules include field trips.
Students also gain heritage management experience by undertaking a two- to three-week work placement with an appropriate heritage organisation. The work placement is to be arranged by the student, but our staff will be able to assist in finding an appropriate heritage organisation. Students on this course have worked in a great variety of heritage organisations. On the basis of their placement, students are expected to write an 8,000-word management plan. The plan focuses on one heritage location, monument or group of objects, chosen by the student from those under the care of the placement host organisation and in consultation with that organisation and the course organisers. Finally, students prepare an independently researched dissertation of 12,000 words, which allows students to work intensively on a topic of their choice.
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Last updated December 17, 2015