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Public History and Heritage MA Online

Public History and Heritage MA Online

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology History

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Course Summary

If you are interested in a career in the heritage industry, this online masters could be for you. You’ll study the role that history plays in the public sphere and gain practical experience and advanced training that will help prepare you for employment.

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.


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.


This module examines how history is used, contested and represented in contemporary society. Using local, national and international case studies you will consider the philosophical, ethical and methodological issues that arise when historians intervene in public debate. You will explore the relationship between history and popular memory, and consider the ways in which public understandings of the past have been shaped and commodified by politicians, the media and the heritage industry. You will examine the extent to which academic history can influence popular perceptions of history and debate whether the historian has a duty to engage with wider audiences.

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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.

University information

Located in the heart of England, the University of Derby is a modern institution offering applied, research-informed teaching in high-quality, technically advanced facilities. Whether you are progressing directly from undergraduate study, want to change your career, or pursue your passion for a subject you love, there are options to suit you. We cater for your personal circumstances, with full-time, part-time and online learning available in...more

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