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Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy MSc

Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy MSc

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Full time | UCL (University College London) | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Archaeological Heritage Management Global Warming

Course type


Course Summary

Heritage is about the future of what matters, protecting objects and practices that have meaning for communities and society for future generations. But in the face of immense social and planetary change, what future are we facing and how do the choices we make help to shape it? This Master’s degree equips heritage practitioners and policy professionals to think critically and strategically about the long-term futures of what society values. You will learn fundamental qualitative and quantitative research skills, designing research projects and writing to a high academic standard. You will gain practical expertise in foresight techniques, and understand what makes evidence relevant to policy teams. Students will work across a range of academic disciplines to explore concepts like complexity and emergence, and consider the different ways in which value is understood, assessed and protected in societies.


Graduates will have a diverse skill-set suited to senior or leaderships roles. As well as research skills, graduates will be competent in strategic foresight and have the ability to envision and work towards strategic outcomes. They will also have a critical understanding of the value different forms of evidence have for policy teams.


There is a recognised need within heritage policy and in the wider workplace for professionals with the capacity to anticipate and manage long-term change. The programme has been developed with input from Historic England and other relevant policy groups. It offers students opportunities to engage with authentic policy challenges, presenting research findings to members of national policy teams. Graduates will be equipped for senior roles in strategy advice, analyst, and research teams within heritage institutions and policy teams, and will be able to pursue opportunities in organisations concerned with social impact more generally, such as think-tanks, local government, foundations, or developers.


Material futures for heritage (15 Credits) - Core
Time, systems and future heritage (15 Credits) - Core
Foresight for heritage I (15 Credits) - Core
Foresight for heritage II (15 Credits) - Core
Policy advice and evidence (30 Credits) - Core
Design futures for heritage (15 Credits) - Core
Introduction to sustainable heritage (15 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

University information

Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) is a highly prestigious institution, located in the heart of Bloomsbury, London’s academic centre. The university has nurtured countless inspiring minds and 30 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to current or former staff and students. UCL is home to almost 24,000 postgraduate students, with a total student population of 42,000 from over 150 countries worldwide. UCL offers 675 postgraduate...more