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Public History and Heritage MSc

Public History and Heritage MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Museum Studies / Museology History

Course type


Course Summary

In this course you develop both intellectual and professional skills for leadership roles in the public history, heritage and cultural industries, gain practical experience of the heritage industry, with work placements to enhance your employability, explore public history and heritage at a global level, underpinned by our partnerships with universities overseas. With a dynamic and innovative curriculum, our new MA programme enables you to focus on the role of history in the public sphere and equips you for careers ranging from museum curation to heritage education.

Assessments will help you develop a wide range of research, critical thinking and presentational skills which are flexible and adaptable for a varied global market. 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.

Different course options

Full time | Kedleston Road Campus | 1 year | SEP-19

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This module examines how history is used, contested and represented in contemporary society. Using local, national and international case studies, students will consider the philosophical, ethical and methodological issues that arise when historians intervene in public debate.
Work Placement

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Tuition fee for 2018/19 is £630 per 20 credits and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Tuition fee for 2018/19 is £13,500 and all fees may be subject to annual increase.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or relevant professional experience in the heritage sector.

University information

The University of Derby is spread across three campuses in Derby, Buxton and Chesterfield. Derby is proud to welcome students from more than 100 countries around the world, so you’ll be part of a diverse, international community. Whether you are progressing from undergraduate study, want to change or develop your career, or simply study the subject you love in more depth, the University offers a wide range of courses and flexible study...more