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M.A. in Cultural Heritage Management
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Master of Arts (M.A.) in Cultural Heritage Management (due to open on October 2019) 

The M.A. in Cultural Heritage Management is an interdisciplinary programme aimed at persons working as heritage managers, or wishing to enter this field. The course draws on expertise across the university and beyond to provide a sound formation in the mediation of contemporary issues concerning cultural heritage resources, and practical skills that will help participants become effective leaders in this field.

The primary geographical focus of the course is the Mediterranean region, however the principles, concepts and approaches acquired are global in scope and relevance.

The programme of studies extends over a period of eighteen months of full-time studies spread over 3 semesters, and a four-week summer placement. Lectures are held in daytime, normally spread over three days a week.

The course structure requires participants to follow 30 ECTS of compulsory taught study-units, and to choose a further 25 optional ECTS. The taught component is delivered over two semesters during the first academic year. Seminars and group discussions form an important component of the programme.

In addition, students will be expected to write a dissertation (30 ECTS), follow a number of site visits, and to successfully complete a one-month summer work placement in an approved institution (5 ECTS).

The first semester of the second academic year is dedicated to the writing of a dissertation of up to 25,000 words. The dissertation will help students develop the skills and competences required to conduct independent and innovative research in an area of their choice. 

The course is designed to permit students a degree of choice of courses, placements and dissertation topics, to tailor the course to their specific interests and professional aspirations.

The M.A. programme is currently running (2017-2019), and the next intake is due in October 2019. For more information about the course, please contact us on Email

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Learning Outcomes

The M.A. in Cultural Heritage Management will give students the opportunity to:
•    receive a sound theoretical formation in the mediation of contemporary issues in cultural resource management
•    prepare themselves to be effective leaders and actors in the public arena of cultural heritage
•    equip themselves with a range of practical skills that will make them more efficient professionals
•    select and apply a variety of methods for evaluating cultural heritage resources
•    prepare a professionally designed management plan for a specific cultural heritage resource
•    reflect critically on heritage management practices, including their own
•    apply the theoretical formation acquired during the course to practical situations where there is conflict over cultural resources

Career opportunities and access to further study

Upon successful completion of this course, graduates will have the necessary qualification and competences to manage cultural heritage resources in a range of roles, ranging that of curator or manager of a cultural heritage asset , to professionally organizing and leading projects and initiatives that make cultural heritage more accessible to wider audiences, as well as providing advice and consultancy to stakeholders in cultural heritage.
Successful completion of the M.A. programme may also serve as a useful springboard for further study in this area. Students will be encouraged to submit a shorter version of their main dissertation findings in an academic journal.

Course intended for

       The M.A. programme in Cultural Heritage Management is ideally suited for:

1.    Graduates with a first degree in history, archaeology, history of art, conservation, education or related disciplines, wishing to acquire and develop the specialised knowledge and skills to become practitioners in the cultural heritage sector, in roles such as cultural heritage managers, curators or docents.

2.    Practicing professionals in the cultural heritage sector, wishing to deepen their understanding of the complex issues they face on a daily basis, and to consolidate practical skills that will make them more effective in their field.

Last Updated: 23 January 2019

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