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 both 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 researching 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 – Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) 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 Institute. 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.
Critical Approaches to Heritage
Heritage Conservation Management
Heritage Management Practice
Research Skills and Methods
The study week is an ideal opportunity to experience a diverse range of heritage sites, and engage with the staff who run them so that you gain an insight into real-life projects and keys aspects of management practice.
Assessment: 4,000-word assignment
You will also have the opportunity to complete an optional work placement. Our wide network of contacts with the industry in the UK means that we can offer placements in a wide range of institutions, enhancing your career prospects and offering the opportunity to gather data for your dissertation.
In addition to your taught modules, you will conduct a piece of independent research with the support of a supervisor, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation.
Graduates from the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage can boast a wide combination of skills that can be applied to a number of careers, including museums work, conservation and regeneration, the management of historic buildings and landscapes, and cultural tourism.
Over the past 5 years, 85% of our postgraduates were in work and/or further study 6 months after graduation. Employers that our graduates have gone on to work for include Birmingham Museums Trust, National Trust, Canal, and River Trust, English Heritage, Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.