MRes International Heritage Management and Consultancy

Duration Full time 1 year
Part time 2 years
  • 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 MRes will prepare you to compete in the growing field of heritage and consultancy.

The programme incorporates regular opportunities to visit local heritage sites, giving you gain hands-on expertise in-situ across different heritage contexts. You will gain theoretical and methodological training, and acquire skills in designing and conducting a large-scale independent research project into a heritage topic of choice, with a 30,000 word dissertation. This will allow you to work in line with your individual interests and develop specific expertise in this area, providing excellent preparation for PhD study.

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.

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.

Learning and teaching

As an MRes 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.

Our taught modules are delivered through a broad variety of methods including: lectures and seminars; guided independent study; workshops; individual and small group tutorials. The 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, our taught modules are assessed through a range of innovative methods of assessment. For example, you will give individual and group presentations; produce portfolios and logbooks; plan research projects and write reflective essays.

The MRes provides you with an opportunity to conduct substantial independent research into a heritage topic. In preparation for this you will receive theoretical and methodological training and acquire skills in designing a large-scale independent research project.


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. The opportunity to conduct substantial independent research into a heritage topic is also excellent preparation for PhD study.

Through studying the MRes, 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 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: £8,300 full-time; £4,150 part-time
  • International: £17,700 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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