PgDip International Heritage Management and Consultancy

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


The programme draws upon cutting edge theory and 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 PgDip will prepare you to compete in the growing field of heritage and consultancy.

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, all vital to future employment.

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 from across the University; enabling you to develop the skills relevant to real life consultancy.

You will additionally benefit from the way the course is enriched by an Industry Advisory Group, keeping our programme responsive to relevant heritage sector developments, and from our links with leading research centres for Environmental Arts and Humanities, and Environment and Sustainability.

The programme incorporates regular opportunities to visit local heritage sites and an inclusive international field trip to Vancouver, Canada*, allowing you to learn first-hand about heritage management from on-site experts.

* Flights and accommodation included in the cost of your PgDip

As the Chair of the UK Chapter of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS), and as a member of the international ACHS Executive Committee, I am part of a strong and growing network of international heritage specialists. At the international level we run a large conference every two years. These have traversed the globe, from Gothenburg, to Canberra, to Hangzhou. In 2020 the international AHCS conference will be hosted in London. On the national level we hold annual conferences and symposiums around the UK. As a result, the latest heritage research and practice directly informs the teaching on the International Heritage Management and Consultancy Programme.

Dr Bryony Onciul, Programme Director, International Heritage Management and Consultancy.

Programme structure

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 excellent academic 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 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.


Exploring Heritage Management in Canada - Inclusive International Field Course

Students will take part in our field course to Canada at the start of the third term, when 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; a chance to experience ecotourism first-hand; visits to First Nations Cultural Centres (for example, U’mista Cultural Centre or Nuyumbalees), and museums and galleries such as the Bill Reid Gallery; and opportunities to 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.


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.


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

Normally a minimum 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.


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

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

  • UK/EU: PgDip - £7,000 full-time
  • International: PgDip - £11,800 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 £10,609 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 2019.

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