Heritage studies

Our subjects related to heritage are listed below, most of which provide the opportunity to integrate study and employment experience in the UK and abroad. Such a rich mixture of heritage-related subjects cultivates a breadth of transferrable skills that can be applied in subsequent employment in the heritage sector. Please click for variation details. Please note, there are more course combinations are available than those listed. All courses can be found on the University’s A-Z courses list.

Anthropology allows students to analyse the behaviour of social groups, and the adaptation of people over time, particularly in terms of their relationship to their environment. Within the BSc pathway you’ll acquire practical skills relating to the excavation and study of remains, and systematic methods of analysis to reveal patterns of social action. The BA alternative advocates a stronger cultural and social focus tackling fundamental questions of the past. You will discover how anthropologists have influenced the modern world through health, war, violence, science, technology, consumption, and the environment.

Undergraduate

CourseCampus
BA Anthropology Streatham
BA Archaeology and Anthropology (also see anthropology) Streatham
BA Sociology and Anthropology (also see sociology) Streatham

Postgraduate

CourseCampus
MA by Research Anthropology Streatham
MPhil/ PhD Anthropology Streatham

Archaeology at the University of Exeter enables students to explore both the academic and practical aspects of a fascinating discipline. This course offers the opportunity to develop your own particular interests. Subject matter ranges from the microscopic analysis of ancient artefacts to the exploration of entire fossilised landscapes, to understanding prehistoric villages to recording historic buildings.

Undergraduate

CourseCampus
BA Archaeology Streatham
BA Ancient History and Archaeology (also see history) Streatham
BA Archaeology and Anthropology (also see anthropology) Streatham

Postgraduate

CourseCampus
MA Archaeology Streatham
MSc Bioarchaeology Streatham
MA by Research Archaeology Streatham
MA Experimental Archaeology Streatham
MPhil/ PhD Archaeology Streatham

Art History & Visual Culture explores both the history of art and more recent ideas of the visual – extending the analysis of visual forms from the historical right through to areas of modern and contemporary practice. The degree offers maximum flexibility to be studied alongside alternate disciplines, allowing you to study the history and theory of painting, sculpture, print-making and architecture, alongside film, video, performance and digital art. Students are taught how to use visual imagery as a means of understanding contemporary and past societies.

Undergraduate

CourseCampus

BA Art History & Visual Culture

Streatham
BA Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies Streatham
BA Art History & Visual Culture and English Streatham
BA Art History & Visual Culture and History Streatham

Postgraduate

CourseCampus

MPhil/PhD Art History and Visual Culture

Streatham

Classical Studies at the University of Exeter offers students an insight into the culture of the ancient world, through studying important literature and artefacts. The programme combines traditional explorations into the nuances and subtleties of language with innovative approaches to the ancient world. You will be encouraged to investigate the many intellectual and political ways in which the Classical world is connected to the modern world we live in today by adopting a variety of perspectives.

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA Classical Studies Streatham
BA Classical Studies and English Streatham
BA Classical Studies and Philosophy Streatham
BA Classical Studies and Theology Streatham
BA Art History & Visual Culture and Classical Studies Streatham

Postgraduate

CoursesCampus
MA Classics and Ancient History Streatham
MPhil/PhD Classics and Ancient History Streatham

English at the University of Exeter provides students with the chance to learn in one of the country’s top-rated teaching and research departments. You will develop your expertise in subjects ranging from medieval to contemporary literature, and have access to the University’s unique heritage resources to strengthen your research portfolio. The flexibility of the English programme will allow you to engage with a range of innovative options, including creative writing.

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA English Streatham
BA English Penryn
BA English and Film Studies Streatham
BA English and History Penryn
BA Art History & Visual Culture and English Streatham
BA Classical Studies and English Streatham

Postgraduate

CoursesCampus
MA English Literary Studies Streatham
MA Creative Writing Streatham
MA International Heritage Management & Consultancy Penryn
MA by Research English Studies Streatham & Penryn
MPhil/PhD Creative Writing Streatham & Penryn
MPhil/PhD English Studies Streatham & Penryn

Film Studies at the University of Exeter offers students a unique lens through which to study international differences in culture, and to understand film as an industrial and global phenomenon. The range of study will equip you with an understanding of the complex histories of the medium. You will have access to the University’s world-class facilities, including the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum, Northcott Theatre, film memorabilia and archives, as well as the opportunity to engage with the city of Exeter’s vibrant entertainment culture.

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA Film Studies Streatham
BA English and Film Studies Streatham

Postgraduate

CoursesCampus
MA International Film Business Streatham
MPhil/PhD Film Studies Streatham

Geography at the University of Exeter equips students with a broad understanding of the geographical aspects of human society and the physical environment, on a local, regional and national scale. Optional modules draw upon research strengths including historical geography, nature-culture relations, and climate and society. The department is supported by the expertise of the University’s Cultural and Historical Geographies research group, ensuring that heritage content is continually filtered into our courses.

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA Geography Streatham
BSc Geography Streatham
BA/BSc Geography Penryn
BSc Environmental Science Penryn
MSci Environmental Science Penryn

Postgraduate

CoursesCampus
MSc by Research Geography Streatham & Penryn
MSc Sustainable Development Streatham
MSc Conservation Science and Policy Penryn
MRes Sustainable Futures Penryn
MSc/PgDip/PgCert Environment and Human Health Penryn
MPhil/PhD Geography Streatham & Penryn
MRes Critical Human Geographies Streatham

History provides students with the opportunity to engage with a broad foundation of concepts, including international, economic, cultural and social aspects of British and foreign history. You will be challenged to question modes of thought by analysing and contrasting the behaviours of individuals and societies in contemporary and historical contexts. Studying in the College of Humanities provides access to a well-established and wide-ranging resource base, encouraging students to take part in research projects using original and rare books, archives and manuscripts. Our extensive partnership network provides opportunities to gain work experience in galleries, museums and other heritage organisations.

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA History Streatham
BA History Penryn
BA Ancient History Streatham
BA History and Ancient History Streatham
BA Ancient History and Archaeology Streatham
BA English and History Penryn

Postgraduate

CoursesCampus
MA Classics and Ancient History Streatham
MPhil/PhD Classics and Ancient History Streatham
MA History Streatham
MA International Heritage Management & Consultancy Penryn
MA Medieval Studies Streatham
MPhil/PhD History Streatham & Penryn
MPhil/PhD Medieval Studies Streatham & Penryn
MPhil/PhD Cornish Studies Streatham & Penryn
MPhil/PhD Maritime Historical Studies Streatham & Penryn

Our Liberal Arts degree is innovative, challenging and interdisciplinary, and is specifically designed to develop your intellectual capabilities and critical skills. It offers huge flexibility, complemented by in-depth learning of your chosen field, including humanities, social science and business. You will be encouraged to develop a global perspective through addressing contemporary issues and debates. The programme is designed to equip you with an impressive range of skills that enhance your employability, by connecting you with employers and external organisations who set real-life research challenges.

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA Liberal Arts Streatham

Sociology at the University of Exeter equips students with a critical understanding of the forces that shape society, including social, political, historical and cultural issues. By analysing how societies, institutions and practices came into being, you will be able to develop an understanding of the ways in which the heritage sector may change in the future. The sociology programme aims to place students in contact with external organisations to produce practical and transferable skills. 

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA Sociology Streatham
BSc Sociology Streatham
BA Sociology and Anthropology Streatham

Postgraduate

CoursesCampus
MA Sociology Streatham
MA Cultural Sociology Streatham
MPhil/PhD Sociology Streatham

Our programme provides an excellent grounding in all the subjects essential to a good understanding of the discipline, including biblical studies, church history, modern theology, philosophy and ethics. You will engage with the history of Christian theological thought, addressing critical questions of the modern and post-modern world. This programme provides huge flexibility in terms of customisation, allowing you to delve into heritage areas including anthropology, the environment, art and evolution, while adding value through a range of field trips and external placements. 

Undergraduate

CoursesCampus
BA Theology and Religion Streatham
BA Classical Studies and Theology Streatham

Postgraduate

CoursesCampus
MA Theology Streatham
MA by Research Theology and Religion Streatham
MPhil/PhD Theology and Religion Streatham

Heritage-related subjects

There are other potential subject routes you may take to develop skills and knowledge transferable to the MA in International Heritage Management and Consultancy, as well as jobs within the heritage sector. Alternative pathways include:

Biosciences provides students with the opportunity to partake in practical fieldwork in heritage zones in the UK or overseas, and embodies topics including ecosystems, sustainability, and the ecology of environmental change and protection.

The Business School delivers modules that encompass heritage-relevant elements, such as ethics, law, funding, project management and consultancy. Additionally, through courses such as the MSc International Tourism Management you will gain an understanding of the challenges facing heritage organisations as they compete for commercial income from tourism.

The Renewable Energy Department at Penryn offers a range of modules that share links with environmental heritage, including energy policy, finance, cultural and natural environment, green consciousness, public relations and social outcomes and impacts.