MA International Heritage Management and Consultancy 2018/19 entry
Full time 1 year|
Part time 2 years
The MA in International Heritage Management and Consultancy offers a unique and innovative approach to the study of heritage. The programme adopts a global, interdisciplinary approach to considering why the past matters; how and why it is cared for in the present; and the ways in which it can inform the future. By using heritage as a lens through which to consider current global challenges such as climate change, conflict, and decolonisation, the MA will prepare you to compete in the growing field of heritage and consultancy. The course takes a future orientated and holistic approach to understanding and caring for the past, drawing upon cutting edge theory inspired by new developments in the field of critical heritage studies.
Based at our Penryn campus, this programme is convened by the Humanities department (History and English) and taught in collaboration with leading interdisciplinary researchers and industry specialists. This interdisciplinary approach gives you access to expertise from academics in The Business School, Politics, Law, Geography and Renewable Energies; enabling you to develop the skills relevant to real life consultancy. You will benefit from the way the course is enriched by links with our leading research centres for Environmental Arts and Humanities, and Environment and Sustainability.
The programme incorporates regular opportunities to visit and learn about heritage management in situ from on-site experts. You will benefit from the programmes proximity to unique heritage sites including UNESCO World Heritage sites, The Eden Project, and National Trust and English Heritage properties such as St Michaels Mount and Tintagel Castle, as well as museums of national standing such as the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. In addition, the International Field Course offers a unique and exciting opportunity to put theory into practice in a non-UK context. It will immerse you in an experience that explores competing agendas among heritage, industry, government, environment, and local and source communities, raising questions of ownership, different cultural approaches to heritage management, and the importance of balancing economic, environmental and cultural needs.
This programme aims to equip you with the skills required to enter a diversity of fields, from heritage management to consultancy roles with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or multinational businesses. You will gain theoretical and methodological training; experience the challenge of practical problem-based learning; have access to professionals in the field; gain hands-on expertise in-situ across different heritage contexts; complete work-based placements; and build sector relevant networks vital to future employment.
Programme structure 2018/19
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The programme offers an optional Heritage Placement which provides the experience of learning about the heritage sector through work.
You will have the opportunity to plan and arrange a placement with an external heritage organisation and work on an agreed project with them. The Heritage Placement offers you the chance to find and organise your own placement or project in line with your individual professional goals. For example, you may choose to research a priority theme, develop an exhibit for public display, or design a project in relation to gaps identified by the heritage organisation.
With the assistance of a Work Placement Coordinator, you will gain the tools you need – the preparation and support – to gain significant professional experience in the heritage sector. You will also have an allocated academic supervisor for the duration of your placement who will liaise closely with you and the host heritage organisation.
By gaining hands-on knowledge you will develop essential employability skills, including: planning and completing a live project; interpersonal skills; working autonomously to a specified timescale; negotiating with others; and working effectively as part of a team.
Learning and teaching
As an MA International Heritage Management and Consultancy student you will have access to the academic excellence and research resources of the University of Exeter. On this truly interdisciplinary programme, you will be taught by academics from The Business School, Law, Geography, Politics and Renewable Energies, as well as from History and English. You will also be taught by industry experts and guest lecturers, ensuring that the teaching you receive is highly relevant to the sector.
You will learn through a broad variety of methods, including: lectures and seminars; guided independent study; workshops; work based learning via an optional work placement; research projects; and through participation in an international field course. This programme also provides a wealth of opportunities to learn about the heritage sector in situ, with site visits being an important aspect of the course.
Alongside essays and research reports, we use a range of innovative methods of assessment. You will give individual and group presentations; produce portfolios and logbooks; have the opportunity to write community engagement plans; consider funding and budgets; plan research projects and write reflective essays. In your final term you will work on your dissertation, providing you with an opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of original research into a topic of your choosing.
In your third term you will take part in our field course to Canada, where you will visit Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Our field course offers a unique opportunity for you to explore issues of heritage, environment, industry and community, locating these issues in the context of key global challenges such as decolonisation, reconciliation indigeneity, and climate change.
As part of the field course, you will learn from international professionals, specialists, and community members in-situ and in-context; visit world renowned heritage sites and museums; participate in different forms of tourism, such as ecotourism; and gain awareness of potential opportunities for, and threats to, the local heritage, culture, and environment. Through this process you will develop an understanding of a different cultural approach to heritage management and witness competing heritage agendas in action.
This varied field course includes workshops in the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia; an opportunity to experience ecotourism first-hand; visits to First Nations Cultural Centres (for example, U’mista Cultural Centre or Nuyumbalees); museums and galleries such as the Bill Reid Gallery; and meet and learn from heritage professionals on site visits.*
Your expenses for accommodation and travel are included in the cost of the programme.
*Please note that the exact itinerary can vary from year to year.
This programme aims to equip you with the skills required to enter a diverse group of related fields, from heritage management to consultancy roles with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or multinational businesses. It will also help you to gain the transferable skills required to succeed across a range of other sectors or go into research. You will gain theoretical and methodological training; experience the challenge of practical problem-based learning; have access to professionals in the field; gain hands-on expertise in-situ across different contexts; complete work-based placements; and build sector relevant networks vital to future employment.
As an Exeter student, you will have the support of not only academic staff in helping with funding applications and research proposals but also our professional careers staff. The Career Zone can help you access activities and advice to give you the best chance in pursuing your chosen career path. For more information visit our Careers pages.
Our students have access to excellent historical and heritage resources which continue to grow year on year. The Penryn Campus Library is especially strong in national and local British history, as well as containing world history specialist collections on topics such as the study and practice of Indigenous history, the international Cornish diaspora, and the Ku Klux Klan. We have extensive digital resources, and our library participates in the UK inter-library lending scheme, enabling our students to order print book loans from other UK institutions, including the British Library, for a small fee. In addition, our students have access to broad print and microfilm collections housed at the University of Exeter library on the Streatham campus, which complement the excellent tailored on-campus Penryn Humanities resources, including for the key area of heritage studies; print resources from Streatham can be delivered for collection at the Penryn Campus Library free of charge. You will have access to study spaces in the Penryn Campus Library, as well as to the new Penryn Campus Masters Suite, which includes dedicated postgraduate study spaces for private study, group work, and the use of specialist IT programmes.
The Penryn Campus Library Archives and Special Collections contain an intriguing collection of materials, including the historical records of the Camborne School of Mines, the theatrical archives of Kneehigh and WildWorks, and the papers of writers Nick Darke and Patrick Gale, along with the work of documentary photographer Ian Stern and local artists Tom Cross and Francis Hewlett. Our students further benefit from access to the specialist Institute of Cornish Studies Collections, which include records relating to Mebyon Kernow, the political party for Cornwall, and the vast Charles Woolf Slide Collection, containing 13,500 images of Cornwall between 1953 and 1982.
You will also be able to access other resources in the South West, such as the new Kresen Kernow archives centre for Cornwall. Further afield, the Exeter Cathedral Archives, which date to Saxon times, provide another point of centralised access to a wide range of documents, while the new Digital Humanities Lab at the Streatham campus complements our extensive cross-campus digital holdings.
Entry requirements 2018/19
Normally a 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject. We also welcome applications from industry professionals interested in the academic study of Heritage.
Requirements for international students
If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.
English language requirements
Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.
Pearson Test of English (Academic)
58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.
Other accepted tests
Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.
Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.
Fees and funding 2018/19
Tuition fees per year 2018/19
- UK/EU: £10,000 full-time; £5,000 part-time
- International: £16,995 full-time
Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.
UK government postgraduate loan scheme
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
Global Excellence Scholarship
We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.
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