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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    The University of Manchester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Course description

Our MA Heritage Studies master's course is aimed at students who want to develop their knowledge and practical skills to pursue or develop careers in heritage policy, management, conservation, learning, engagement and enterprise.

Heritage Studies examines the theory and practice of heritage making, management and use in local, national and international contexts. It includes both the practical aspects of conservation and management and a study of social, political and economic dynamics in cultural, archaeological, built and natural heritage.

You will study comprehensive core units on critical heritage studies and key issues and approaches to heritage policy and management, as well as routes into specialisation and professional practice through a wide range of options units covering distinctive topic areas such as:

  • digital heritage;
  • curating and engagement;
  • natural heritage landscapes;
  • historic houses;
  • heritage and sustainable development;
  • global heritage policy;
  • heritage and learning;
  • intangible cultural heritage;
  • strategic planning and management of heritage projects and enterprises.

You will be able to gain intensive work experience and undertake critical reflective practice within a range of heritage organisations across the region and further afield through our long-standing placement scheme.


We aim to:

  • introduce, explore and critically evaluate emerging approaches, issues and trends in the theories and practices of world-wide heritage policy, management, conservation, learning, engagement and enterprise;
  • prepare you for advanced critical research through skills training and reflective practice;
  • promote and advance specialist knowledge of theoretical perspectives and frameworks for understanding of heritage in a global context and related issues of policy and practice;
  • give you the opportunity to undertake expert practical training in core and specialist areas relevant to professional and sector development;
  • help you access and engage with industry professionals and opportunities for work experience in a range of heritage settings, through guest lectures, fieldtrips and placements.

Career opportunities

Progression opportunities include work in heritage policy and management roles for national and international organisations, such as the Heritage Lottery, Historic England, the National Trust, and UNESCO.

Other roles within museums and heritage organisations include fundraising and development, research and consultancy, visitor service management, community learning and engagement, collections management and site management.

Tuition fees

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£ 22,000per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Manchester

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  • Campus address

    The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PL, England

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