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Heritage Studies MA, PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Heritage Administration/Management

Course type


Course Summary

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skill in heritage management, heritage education and interpretation. Coupled with a work placement within a relevant heritage organisation, this course will prepare you for, or progress, a successful career in the heritage sector.

The course covers key aspects of heritage tourism and visitor engagement, drawing on experiences from expert staff and visiting speakers and visits to local heritage sites. It encourages a hands-on approach and involves major input by heritage professionals from the region and beyond. Alongside freelance heritage consultants, these professionals work in organisations including: Historic England; the National Trust and the National Park Authority.

Work placements or work related-projects are usually off campus. You will have the opportunity to complete a placement in a suitable gallery, museum, or heritage site. This could be either 12 days long or 6 weeks long, depending on which pathway you chose in Semester 2. When you graduate from this course you will be equipped to pursue a career in the heritage sector, conduct further research or choose to continue your studies with the work-based Heritage Practice MPrac. Students will also achieve PgDip award during this course.

Different course options

Full time | Newcastle University | 12 months | SEP

Study mode

Full time


12 months

Start date



This module will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required for caring for Museum/Gallery/heritage ?collections?, viewed in the broadest sense. For example, these ?collections? include intangible and tangible immovable and movable heritage, museum and artistic resources. Caring for these ?collections? may incorporate looking after and safeguarding: worldviews; knowledge systems; language; cultural expressions in music, song, dance, festivals, foodways; natural and cultural landscapes; historic rural and urban areas; archaeological sites; the historic build environment; museum earth and life sciences specimens; historical artifacts; photographs; archival material; artworks in the fine and decorative arts.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if they have: non-standard qualifications and relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors.

University information

Newcastle University is a world-leading university, advancing knowledge, providing creative solutions and solving global problems. The university is a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, one of 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In recent years, Newcastle University has developed a presence in three similarly vibrant and globally-connected locations – London, Singapore and Malaysia. These provide both a global...more