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MSc Historic Environment Management

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Full time | Royal Agricultural University | 1 year | SEP

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Heritage Administration/Management Building Conservation Management (General)

Course type


Course Summary

The Historic Environment is everything that we have inherited from the past, from historic buildings to archaeological sites, and from objects, documents and archives to oral history and song - it is our collective heritage. It is a key part of community cohesion and is the foundation of heritage tourism.

Course overview

Historic Environment Management (also called Heritage Management) is concerned with the ways in which inheritance can be explored, protected, conserved, stewarded, interpreted, sensitively re-purposed and re-used. It is also about reconciling the conflicts which arise from different stakeholders’ views of heritage, its uses and its future. You will develop people and management skills as well as skills around heritage itself, helping to give the past a sustainable future.

This programme builds a robust philosophical, theoretical and ethical framework while developing critical awareness of the practice of conservation and stewardship in the UK and internationally. It will tackle the issues which arise from rapid social, economic and environmental change. Through the dissertation or professional product you will grow, and demonstrate skills in creativity, adaptability, autonomy, ethics, communications, knowledge creation and the use of evidence in the analysis of complex, incomplete or contradictory areas of understanding.

You can become part of the next generation of historic environment management professionals capable of working with equal facility and sensitivity across the public, private and charitable sectors. Designed in collaboration with professionals working in Historic Environment Management this course will be of value to both recent graduates and those in employment who are seeking to diversify their historic environment skills portfolio.


This programme is delivered by blended learning using intensive tuition days interspersed with guided and independent distance learning with online group-work and individual tutorials and mentoring.

The programme emphasises a hands-on collaborative learning style where students are encouraged and enabled to contribute to knowledge generation. The goal is to grow confidence and support your transition into a professional role.

This programme can be taken full-time in one year, part-time in two years or by credit accumulation over a maximum period of four years. This flexible and student-centred approach is designed to fit around your working life.

The Programme Tutors are all heritage professionals with considerable experience in both academia and the heritage sector. Students will also have opportunities to work with our Professional Fellows who are embedded in historic environment organisations.

Careers and enterprise

Career prospects include:

  • Archaeological, heritage and environmental consultancy
  • Governmental heritage agencies such as Historic England, Historic Scotland and Cadw
  • Charitable trusts such as the National Trust, English Heritage and the Canal & River Trust
  • Local Government heritage roles
  • Community heritage projects
  • Heritage based regeneration and tourism


Dissertation or Professional Product - Core
The Challenge of Change: Planning Law and Integrated Historic Environment Management - Core
Historic Environment Research: Design, Methodology & Management - Core
The Present Past: The Idea of Heritage - Core
Working with People & Communities: Engaging and Managing Staff, Volunteers & Supporters - Core
Building Heritage Organisations: Vision, Strategy, Governance & Financial Management - Core
Project Management & Leadership in the Heritage Sector - Core

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

Applicants should usually possess a degree in subject areas related to heritage, archaeology, history, land management, planning or geography at Lower Second (2.2) or higher. If you have no formal qualifications it may also be possible to join the programme based on extensive relevant work experience corresponding in level to an undergraduate honours degree. In all cases entry is subject to a satisfactory interview either in person or via Skype/Zoom or similar platforms.