MA in Heritage Management

Athens University of Economics & Business

Program Description

MA in Heritage Management

Athens University of Economics & Business

The MA in Heritage Management is an intensive three-semester (one and a half academic year) postgraduate programme which uniquely combines the worlds of archaeology and business and is taught in Athens at Eleusina, an area of world-class archaeological significance. It focuses on teaching the skills required for the management of heritage sites across the world as well as how to effectively work with archaeologists, architects, conservators, and marketing and education specialists while fundraising and supervising specific projects.

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"The MSc in Heritage Management based in Greece is a worthwhile enterprise. The skills you gain from the programme are much in demand. Such training forms a very significant step forward." Professor Lord Colin Renfrew, Honorary Professor of University of Kent.

"Our MA in Heritage Management provides professionals with the unique opportunity to fine tune their skills and knowledge so that they are able to manage archaeological sites anywhere in the world, thusmaking local heritage relevant to a global audience."

Professor Gregory P Prastacos, Dean, Howe School of Technology Management, Stevens Institute of Technology

Innovative collaboration

This new master's programme is a collaborative dual award from the University of Kent in UK and the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) in Greece, a partnership that ensures world-class tuition and an interdisciplinary learning environment. A critical element in the local dynamism and global relevance of the programme is provided by the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy, an innovative education and research project (supported by prominent international and Greek bodies and philanthropists) that creates its own opportunities in the field.


Key elements

The MA in Heritage Management will give you the opportunity to combine tuition by renowned international academics with practical experience in the effective management and planning of an archaeological site. Through a large number of extracurricular activities you will be able to develop your academic and professional skills, acquire Greek as a foreign language and live in the exciting city of Athens. The programme is taught next to the world class site of Eleusina, one of the religious centres of Athens, and close to many other important sites including the Acropolis, Ancient Corinth, Nemea and Thebes.

Teaching is through lectures and small group seminars. Part of the instruction will be done on site so that students gain hands-on experience and understand the issues involved. In the second half of the academic period students will work on actual world-wide projects.

  • Subject area: Classical and Archaeological Studies.
  • Location: Athens.
  • School: Classical and Archaeological Studies.
  • Duration: three semesters, 9 months for taught modules and exams (September to May) and 7 for the dissertation (May to December).
  • Start: September.
  • Award: M A.
  • Entry: A first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.
  • Language requirements: Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning the programme.

Key benefits

Students: Our top quality MA Students brings to organisations their skills, expertise and recently acquired knowledge from one of the leading MA programmes internationally. The Partner Organization benefits from highly motivated students with a broad background in different academic disciplines, and substantial experience from different fields of management.

Faculty: Faculty contributes as project supervisors with their academic knowledge, research exposure and consulting and international experience. The Faculty Advisor, with specific interests and expertise relevant to the project, provides coaching and advice to the team, reviews progress reports, assists in the analysis of results, and ensures academic integrity and effectiveness.

Professional Deliverables: The Partner Organization receives a written report and an oral presentation upon completion of all work comprised in the Field Study Project. The report analyzes the defined problem and presents recommendations and conclusions. Depending on the project's scope and goals the deliverables might include a business, management or market plan, a strategic positioning analysis or a feasibility study.

Library and Computing Resources: The Field Study Project draws on the unique library and computing resources of the Athens University of Economics and Business. This includes access to the university library with over 70,000 titles, electronic access to over 1,000 scientific journals, a range of data bases, and various software packages for business applications. Moreover, the programme draws on the specialist libraries of the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy in Eleusina, AUEB and KENT, as well as the library of the British School in Athens.



We are looking for a bachelors degree, diploma or equivalent in any field with a good 2.1, 'very good', or above 65% or equivalent, a qualification in the English language IELTS 6,5; TOEFL (paper based) 600; TOEFL (internet based) 90; Cambridge Certificate of proficiency in English C; Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English B; Pearson Test of English 60; or equivalent. Once you enroll and in order to continue with the course you would need to successfully pass one or two of the presessional modules: 'Introduction to Archaeology' or 'Introduction to Business'.


Field study Project (FSP)

The combination of knowledge, innovative methodologies and hands-on experience to tackle heritage management problems is a landmark characteristic of our programme. It is in the intersection between academic institutions, heritage and society and that new knowledge and value are created. The Field Study Projects (FSPs) of the MA in Heritage Management bring together teams of graduate students, who have advanced significantly in their course work, with forward-looking organizations to work on applied issues. With the MA students acting as initiators and driving force of the entire process, the organization representatives, the students and the programme faculty collaborate in formulating, structuring, executing and reporting FSPs for mutual benefit and enrichment. The projects emanate from real problems that organisations face, are formulated with coherent objectives, account for all practical constraints, and are structured based on well-defined time frames and deliverables. The results of the projects are presented in professionally written reports and under a specific clause of confidentiality if necessary.

The FSPs represent a unique opportunity for leveraging the talent of our highly qualified and ambitious MA students, and for moulding strong ties with leading organisations in Greece and abroad. Faculty and students take pride in this partnership that also provides, in collaboration with the partner organizations, unique input to curriculum and applied research. Projects run for a duration of 6 months between July and December. Working in teams of 1-4, the students address issues of current concern to the Partner Organizations, and apply state-of-the-art frameworks, tools and methods to successfully address the needs defined by the organizations. A Field Study Project can be defined in any relevant area where MA students can provide their knowledge and competencies. Some indicative examples are listed below:

A: The study for a developed cruise tourist route within the limits of a county.

B: The human resources plan of clearly defined tasks for an organization, such as a local authority

C: The management plan for an archaeological site

The FSP Partner Organizations propose a project of importance to them and commit executive and staff time. Part of the commitment includes providing a liaison officer - the Partner Organization Supervisor, supplying information and data, and ensuring that communication and computing facilities are available while the graduate students are on site. The commitment of the Partner Organization determines to a large extent the success of the project. Although there are no fees, each Partner Organization may wish to sign an agreement containing appropriate terms and conditions. The agreement can contain a confidentiality clause if necessary. Field Study Project deliverables are kept at the programme office and can neither be borrowed nor copied. The FSPs are coordinated by a faculty member. He/she insures the initial interface between organisations and the programme, and is responsible for the attribution of supervisors. Further he/she ensures that the projects are reported and presented on time and in correspondence with the rules defined, and that the FSPs are recorded and stored in the programme library.

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Last updated December 15, 2015
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
3 semesters
Full time
7,500 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Greece Athens
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Duration 3 semesters
Price 7,500 EUR