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MA International Heritage Management and Consultancy - 2022 entry

Please note: The below is for 2022 entries. Click here for 2021 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration 1 year full time
2 years part time
Entry year 2021

Programme Director Prof Bryony Onciul
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Typical offer

2:1 Honours degree

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Campus Penryn Campus
Discipline History


  • Equips 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
  • Draws upon cutting-edge theory and adopts a global, interdisciplinary approach and gain theoretical and methodological training and experience the challenge of practical problem-based learning
  • Taught in collaboration with leading interdisciplinary researchers and industry specialists from across the university
  • Regular opportunities to visit national heritage sites and an inclusive international field trip to Vancouver, Canada (international field trip - MA/PgDip only)
  • Heritage placement offers you the chance to find and organise your own placement or project in line with your individual professional goals
  • Well placed to take advantage of UNESCO world heritage sites across the South West of England

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Approximately 50 staff over two campuses

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.

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

  • Pearson

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Course content

The programme is divided into units of study called modules which are assigned 'credits'. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 1 credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work.

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.

Course variants

  • May suit you if you prefer to carry out an independent research project under the supervision of an academic
  • Assessed by a written dissertation of up to 40,000 words
  • Formal qualification without the long-term commitment of a PhD
  • Successful completion could lead to further doctoral research


2021/22 entry

UK fees per year:

  • MA - £10,600 full-time; £5,300 part-time
  • MRes - £9,200 full-time; £4,600 part-time
  • PgDip - £7,500 full-time
  • PgCert - £3,750 full-time

International fees per year:

  • MA / MRes - £19,400 full-time
  • PgDip - £12,800 full-time
  • PgCert - £6,400 full-time




The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships and GREAT scholarships (British Council and the GREAT Britain Campaign) for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

This MA has something for everyone and covers a myriad of topics and ideas including history, archaeology, politics, and international relations.

One of the huge perks of this course is the sheer number of field trips we have had the privilege of going on, allowing us to explore beautiful Cornwall in depth as well as venturing further afield, going as far as Canada. There, we are incredibly lucky to be able to meet members of the K’ómoks and Namgis communities, as well as heritage practitioners involved with the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.

We have also been able to attend several networking events in order to make contact with heritage practitioners from the local and wider community and prepare us for the future.

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MA International Heritage Management and Consultancy

Teaching and research

Learning and teaching

As an MA International Heritage Management and Consultancy student 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 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.

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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.

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Bryony Onciul

Associate Professor in Public History

Dr Jamie Hampson specialises in heritage studies and Indigenous rock art. He works in Europe, North America, South Africa, and Australia.

Jamie has degrees from Oxford (BA (Hons) in History) and Cambridge (MPhil in Archaeological Heritage and Museums, plus a PhD in Archaeology).

Current projects include work on Indigenous heritage and ontologies; rock art regionalism and identity; cultural tourism and the presentation of heritage sites to the public; the commodification of the past; human interaction with cultural landscapes; and historiography.

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Dr Jamie Hampson

Senior Lecturer in Heritage

Heritage placement

Exploring Heritage Management in Canada - International Field Course

The programme includes a 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.

Professional experience

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.


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.

Heritage sites

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 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.

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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 pursue a research pathway. 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.

Career Zone

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.