The MA in International Heritage Management is a well-established and respected programme based on a unique partnership between a leading research University and one of the largest independent museums in the UK, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust. For more than 25 years, the programme has provided an advanced qualification in heritage and its management.
Grounded in a deep understanding of the theoretical approaches to heritage and their application, this established programme equips you with the skills needed for future research into heritage and museums work, conservation and regeneration, the management of historic buildings and landscapes, and cultural tourism. Included within the degree is a study week that directly engages you with issues in the sector through study visits to leading museums and heritage attractions, and offers an opportunity to engage directly with your fellow students and staff.
It offers you the opportunity to engage with a rich and diverse international research community-based at the University and research many aspects of heritage and its management across the world, and the practical experience of the Museum Trust in running heritage attractions.
Why Study this Course?
A unique partnership – The Ironbridge Centre for Heritage (ICH) is a partnership formed over 30 years ago between the University of Birmingham and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust. You will have the opportunity to work with museum professionals and world-leading academics to enhance your learning experience.
Optional placement – we can support you to undertake a work placement to enhance your career prospects.
Be a part of an active online community – studying by distance learning is not a lonely experience here at the Ironbridge Centre for Heritage. You will get to meet people from all over the world - virtually – which will impact your experience through learning about a variety of different contexts within which heritage is being operated globally.
Career changing – a qualification from the University of Birmingham can be the springboard to promotion with your current employer, the platform from which to launch a new career, or simply a way to become more effective in your current role.
Access to materials – our study materials are produced by academic staff in the specialist areas and are available online through the University's 'virtual learning environment'. They contain aims and objectives, reading lists, summaries of readings, activities, and commentaries, discussion and reflection tasks, indexes, and details of assignments required. On joining you are provided with a course handbook that introduces you to the team, provides details of their roles and expertise, and gives all the contact information you will need including email addresses so that if you have any difficulties or questions you will know who to contact for help and guidance.
Ongoing support – you will be assigned a personal tutor who will guide you through the programme.