University of York

University of York

Cultural Heritage Management

This is a general programme of study, exploring the multi-disciplinary nature of the heritage environment. It is therefore suitable not just for students of Archaeology or History, but for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in the heritage sector. Recent students have included those with backgrounds in history, English, history of art, politics and environmental sciences. The cultural heritage sector offers a wide range of exciting opportunities in museums, local authorities and heritage agencies, organisations and consultancies. This course offers essential training for professional roles throughout the sector. Through a combination of academic studies, practical training, work placements and research projects, this course provides a thorough grounding in all aspects of heritage management theory and practice. You will address key issues such as: Why does the past matter and to whom? Who decides what constitutes heritage and what should be done with it? How should we present the past to the public? The course focuses on providing you with highly valued and transferrable practical skills, knowledge and experience.

Entry requirements

Applicants will need a good honours degree (upper 2nd or 1st Class) in a relevant subject, or an equivalent qualification from an overseas institution. 'Relevant subject' is broadly defined for this course and, as well as Archaeology, includes subjects such as History, History of Art, English, Geography, Anthropology, Politics and Environmental Sciences. If you are uncertain whether your first degree is appropriate, please contact the Course Director for more information. Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant professional experience in this field will be considered. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Cultural heritage management 1 (concepts, principles and practice); cultural heritage management 2 (museums, audiences and interpretation). Recommended option modules: Approaches to conservation; analysing historic buildings; concepts of landscape; digital publication and web technologies; interpreting historic buildings; issues in cultural heritage conservation; narrating our pasts. Recommended skills modules: Topographical survey; working on the web; heritage protection; buildings survey; database design and implementation; characterisation; geographical information systems; virtual reality modelling; conservation solutions; debates in museum theory and practice; project management skills; qualitative methods.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MA Part-time September 2016 - 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgCert Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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