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COURSE TITLE Master of Arts in Cultural Heritage Management








Second Cycle

Level 7

3 Semesters



The MA in Cultural Heritage Management is a newly-designed 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 geographical focus of the course is the Mediterranean region, however the principles, concepts and approaches acquired will be 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 will be strongly encouraged throughout the course.

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 following academic year is dedicated to the writing of the dissertation of up to 25,000 words. Students will also be encouraged to submit a shorter version of their main findings in an academic journal. 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 professional interests and sectors.
LEARNING OUTCOMES The MA 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 MA programme may also serve as a useful springboard for further study in this area.
COURSE INTENDED FOR The MA 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.
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor’s degree classified at least at Second Class Honours or Category II, in a discipline related to Archaeology, Conservation, Education, History, History of Art or in any other area deemed relevant by the Board.

In exceptional cases the Admissions Board, on the recommendation of the Board, may admit into the Course applicants not in possession of a Bachelor’s degree, provided that it is satisfied that such applicants are in possession of other academic or professional qualifications and experience that together are deemed to be comparable to the qualifications listed above.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.



Last Updated: 15 June 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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