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.
The programme 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. Through a combination of lectures provided by experts in their field and a programme of study visits, you engage with diverse aspects of heritage management and research approaches that will enable you to progress in the sector.
We also offer a full-time International Heritage Management MA (UK-US) delivered at the University of Birmingham in the autumn and at the University of Illinois in the spring or an International Heritage Management MA by distance learning over one or two years.
You will study six core modules:
- Critical Approaches to Heritage
- Heritage Conservation Management
- Heritage Management Practices
- Heritage Interpretation
- Research Skills and Methods
- Assessed Study Week
You will take your modules over the course of two semesters. A one-week residential study school takes place in the second semester, based on accommodation provided by the University.
Our wide network of contacts with the industry in the UK means that we can also offer support for you to organise a placement of your course if you wish.
Modules are typically assessed by written assignment. You complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation.
Why study this course
- A unique partnership – Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IICH) 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.
- Global outlook – you will get to meet people from all over the world which will impact on your experience through learning about a variety of different contexts within which heritage is being operated globally.
Learning and teaching
Teaching within modules takes many forms, including lectures, fieldwork, debates, presentations and role-play. You will also work closely with a personal tutor throughout the course.
You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard, or equivalent. You do not have to have prior experience of the subject, but we would expect to see evidence of engagement with or enthusiasm about heritage in your personal statement.
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:
- by holding an English language qualification to the right level; for this course, we require IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band
- by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students
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