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Study mode

Online

Duration

2 years

Start date

30-JAN-23

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology History

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Online course description

The evidence of the past constantly surrounds us and is called upon, reshaped and reimagined in the present. This exciting Public History and Heritage Masters programme combines critical academic study of the role of history in the public sphere with practical experience and advanced training designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the heritage sector.

Heritage plays a key role in the global economy, driving international tourism and generating income for local communities. The heritage industry is now not only a major source of employment, but one of the most frequent ways that members of the public come into contact with the past. Our online Public History and Heritage programme has been launched to help you make the most of the many career opportunities emerging in this ever growing and developing industry and gain practical experience and advanced training for heritage sector roles.

You will have the opportunity to work in industry in an organisation of your choice. This can be local and relevant to you with your passions and interests in mind. Our flourishing links with the heritage, creative and cultural industries on a global scale will give you access to producers of public history and heritage, such as local authorities, charitable trusts, businesses, community groups and private individuals. You will therefore gain unrivalled experience of the different practical, legal, commercial and management challenges facing the heritage sector today.

Careers

MA Public History and Heritage graduates typically go on to pursue a wide range of careers in roles such as Museum Curator, Archive Professional, Heritage Educator and Academic Researcher. Because the MA combines practical work experience with a Masters level dissertation based on thorough academic research, you will have a broad and flexible portfolio of skills to impress potential employers. This course could also be the springboard for taking your studies to PhD level. The abilities you gain in independent learning, research and communication on the MA will prepare you well for the challenge.

Modules

This module introduces you to the opportunities and challenges presented by different ways of conserving and curating heritage. Looking at several different contexts, from archives and museums to online platforms, you explore what issues professionals need to bear in mind when determining how to present heritage to a public audience. From thinking about the physical state of an object, to copyright, accessibility and the viability of different digital tools, you will explore some practical considerations. However, you will also discuss how curators engage with wider cultural policy and audience development.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

For this course (overall cost)

9,090

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

For this course (overall cost)

9,090

Entry requirements

You will require: A 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area; If you don’t have a degree, we can consider your application if supported by significant experience in the heritage sector. Please include evidence of all experience you have in your application. Whilst the University guidelines on prior learning will be followed, RPL (recognition of prior learning) will only be recommended where applicants can present a portfolio of professional work, deemed to be of an appropriate level.