The first of its kind in India, and located in the recently christened ‘UNESCO World-Heritage City’ of Ahmedabad; the Master’s Programme in Heritage Management is a two-year degree programme that emphasizes on a critical understanding of heritage and an integrated management approach to the heritage sector. It offers a unique opportunity to gain expertise in a fast-growing domain within the context of an innovative pedagogic framework that includes field-learning, immersion and practicum programmes, and inputs from leading practitioners within the field. In the two years of the course, the pedagogy facilitates students to gain conceptual and professional insights into heritage at both the macro level and grassroots level.
Students also have an access to learning resources from different schools of the University including School of Management and School of Arts and Sciences. This entails gaining exposure in the field through working with allied institutions, as well as being able to do coursework in subjects that would add value to their work in the heritage sector.
Semester 1 includes coursework on heritage studies and management studies.
- Critical Heritage Discourses
- Anthropological Inquiry of Heritage
- Documentation and Conservation
- Heritage Economics
- Fundamentals of Management
In semester break, a week-long field-immersion programme will enrich students’ understanding of heritage issues in the South Asian context.
Semester 2 features professional heritage management courses and skills development courses integrated into studio pedagogy. The courses integrated include:
- Cultural Practices & Traditional Knowledge
- Global Frameworks & Local Policies (World Heritage, ICH & Other)
- Museums & Collections
- Cultural Landscapes & Historic Urban Landscapes
- Archaeology & Built Environment
- Nature & Environment
- Heritage Tourism
- Disaster Risk Management
- Conservation, Preservation & Recognition
- Professional Skills & Exposure
- Disaster Risk Management
The following summer requires students to pursue a two-month-long practicum (a programme designed around the internship module but enriched by research and other learning activities).
Semester 3 includes electives and specialization studies, research methods and thesis proposal. A part of the whole semester may also be taken as an exchange programme with a pre-approved university abroad. This exchange programme is an optional component that may depend on individual student’s internship and/or field work related to his/her thesis.
- Heritage Management - Advance Studies
- Research Methods
- Pre-thesis work
- Financial Management
- Fundamentals of Human Resources (HR)
The final semester is mostly focused on Thesis work along with a course on Ethics in Professional Practice and can be combined with an exchange programme or field research.
All graduating students will present their thesis work at an international conference, which may be a good opportunity for networking and continuing with their future career path.
The programme includes a total of 78 credits including lectures, seminars, field studies, service learning, internship, and research.
This programme provides an opportunity for international students to undertake research or part of their fieldwork in their home country, letting them explore their culture through the lens of this course.
In addition to regular academic work, the students also benefit from the center’s annual International conference, bi-annual Journal of Heritage Management, newsletter publication series and heritage management projects at the center. The center also hosts various heritage-related activities happening in the city throughout the year, providing students with the opportunity to participate in larger discussions happening around heritage in the city.
Admissions are open to a multi-disciplinary cohort: Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree in History, Design, Archaeology, Architecture, Literature, Environment, Engineering, Economics, Crafts, Performing Arts and others (with a minimum of 50% marks, with exception to those applying under SC/ST category) with a demonstrated interest in heritage (through academic or professional works) may apply.
Students who have appeared or will appear for the final year examination of bachelor’s degree by June 2019, can also apply – provided that they are able to furnish the final results by September 30, 2019.
International Students are advised to apply early to enable visa related processes to be completed on time.
Graduates of this programme have been engaged in diverse sectors of heritage, and mostly they pursue unique initiatives with economic, environmental and social sustainability as key features of their practice. Some of them have been employed by organizations working in various sectors. The programme also prepares the students for pursuing Ph.D. in related areas anywhere.