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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 the 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 the 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.
We typically ask for an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard, or equivalent. You do not need 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.
Students who do not hold a degree to the above standard but are able to demonstrate substantial relevant work experience are also invited to apply. Each application will be considered on a case by case basis.
Academic requirements: We accept a range of qualifications from different countries - use our handy guide below to see what qualifications we accept from your country.
English language requirements: standard language requirements apply for this course - IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band. If you are made an offer of a place to study and you do not meet the language requirement, you have the option to enrol on our English for Academic Purposes Presessional course - if you successfully complete the course, you will be able to fulfil the language requirement without retaking a language qualification.
IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band is equivalent to:
- TOEFL: 88 overall with no less than 21 in Reading, 21 Listening, 22 Speaking and 21 in Writing
- Pearson Test of English (PTE): Academic 59 in all four skills
- Cambridge English (exams taken from 2015): Advanced - Minimum overall score of 176, with no less than 169 in any component
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