PgDip International Heritage Management and Consultancy 2018/19 entry

Duration Full time 1 year
Discipline
  • History
LocationCornwall (Penryn)
Start date September

Overview

The PGDip International Heritage Management and Consultancy offers a unique and innovative approach to the study of heritage. The programme offers 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 (English and History) 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. The course is further enriched by complementary links with the research conducted by the University of Exeter’s Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities and the Environment and Sustainability Institute, which are both based at the Penryn campus.

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, National Trust and English Heritage properties such as St Michaels Mount and Tintagel Castle, as well as museums of national standing such as National Maritime Museum Cornwall. In addition, the International Field course incorporates 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 such as heritage, industry, government, environment and source communities; raising questions of ownership, different cultural approaches to heritage management, and 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 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.

Heritage placement

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; for example 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

You will have access to the academic excellence and research resources of the University of Exeter. A 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 participating in an international field course. This programme also provides a wealth of opportunities to learn about the heritage sector in situ - with site visits 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; plan research projects and write reflective essays.

Fieldwork

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 via 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.

Careers

This programme aims to equip you with the skills required to enter a diversity of related fields, from heritage management to consultancy roles with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) or multinational businesses. It will also help you gain the transferable skills required to succeed across a range of other sectors. 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.

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

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

TOEFL IBT*

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.

Pre-sessional English

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

PG Dip is charged at two thirds of the MA fee:
MA fees are:

  • UK/EU: £10,000 full-time; £5,000 part-time
  • International: £16,995 full-time

Fee information

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.

Scholarships and other funding

Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes in History.

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.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about the course, for further information contact:

Email: humanities-pgtadmissions@exeter.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1392 725306