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Public History and Heritage, MA

Public History and Heritage, MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology History

Course type


Course Summary


The MA in Public History and Heritage is ideal if you are directly aiming for a career in that field. We offer a flexible programme designed to offer academic training and relevant employability skills.

You will have the chance to engage with external heritage organisations and gain practical, hands-on experience with staff projects in heritage and public history.

A range of stimulating and relevant modules are available to choose, covering topics from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to contemporary local history.

In the second part of the course you have a choice of a 60-credit practice-based dissertation project, or a 60-credit written dissertation project.


This course is designed to develop your employability by connecting you with external heritage organisations. In addition to practical specialised skills, you will develop excellent oral and writing skills.

Graduates from this course are well positioned for a career in public history and heritage. But they also enter industries including education or government.

Our career support services include:

  • Employability workshops, employers’ talks, bespoke events and careers fairs
  • Individual advice and guidance from professionally qualified Careers Advisers
  • Help with finding jobs, internships, work placements and volunteering opportunities
  • Access to information resources on a wide range of career management topics
  • Funding to support student internship opportunities and Student Society/Club events.

Different course options

Full time | Singleton Park Campus | 1 year | 28-SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module offers an introduction to current debates in heritage and public history and a chance to develop practical skills in the communication of history to broad audiences. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on the relationship between academic study and the past as portrayed by, with and for the public (or publics). We’ll explore case-studies in heritage from around the world. Why have museum presentations of history proved so controversial? What is the role of heritage in nation- and community-building? There will be opportunities to try out a variety of practical techniques in historical communication, and to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Students will familiarise themselves with current policy contexts for heritage and public history, and will acquire valuable skills for careers in the heritage sector and beyond.

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 need a 2:1 degree in History, Heritage Studies, Archaeology, Classics, Egyptology, Geography, Cultural Studies, Sociology or a 2:1 degree in other arts, humanities or social science subjects, or a science-based archaeology or conservation degree. We will also consider applications from candidates with significant professional or volunteering experience in the heritage/public history sector.

University information

Located on the stunning Swansea Bay coastline, this Welsh university provides easy access to the city centre, as well as to the beaches of the spectacular Gower Peninsula. Swansea has recently been named University of the Year by students at the Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2019, where it was also runner-up in the Postgraduate category. It’s also recognised as a UK top 30 research institution (Research Excellence Framework 2014). The...more

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