Heritage and Interpretation MA/MSc/Postgraduate Diploma

Duration and mode of study

Two years (MA/MSc) or 18 months (Diploma) by distance learning. You can apply for entry to the MA, MSc or PGDip; it is then possible to switch between programmes during the course of your studies if required.

Start dates

April and October each year.

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent, from a recognised university, together with evidence of engagement with, or commitment to, the museum/gallery/heritage sector (or appropriate transferable skills). We will consider candidates without an honours degree who have significant relevant work experience; you may be required to complete a written assessment as part of your application. If your first language is not English, you must meet the University’s English language requirements.


These are the total course fees. Please note that the fees for our distance learning programmes are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies

October 2015, April 2016

Home/EU: £8,385 Home/EU: £7,470
International: £14,000 International: £12,455

Course aims

To provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to shape, manage and interpret heritage sites and objects, and become an effective, critical and creative heritage professional. We support you to develop your own areas of specialism within this area, through written work and discussion, and welcome students from a wide range of backgrounds.

A Master of Science (MSc) can be awarded in preference to a Master of Arts (MA) where the dissertation concerns science heritage, or where the nature of the investigation can be termed ‘scientific’.

Course modules

  • Locating Heritage
  • Making Heritage
  • Supporting Heritage
  • Interpreting Heritage
  • Dissertation

Teaching and assessment methods

You will undertake a programme of supported, self-directed study. All materials necessary to complete the course will be mailed to you, and you will be provided with module and pastoral support. The course integrates theoretical approaches, historical and contemporary case studies and practical skills on an interdisciplinary basis. All students follow the same core course of study, but you will be encouraged to focus your own learning and research within personal areas of particular interest and experience.

The course is global in outlook, but simultaneously facilitates the use of institutions, practices and objects available locally for each student. The programme is stimulating and intellectually demanding, fosters an aptitude for critical and creative thinking, and will encourage you to engage with the literature, case examples and other students whilst reflecting on your own heritage and interpretation interests and experiences.

All modules are assessed. Students who achieve the required standard and who wish to work toward the Masters Degree, complete a dissertation.


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