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Cultural Heritage Studies MA

This MA covers practical and theoretical approaches to the key issues and working practices in the field of cultural heritage. Students benefit from the Institute's emphasis on the role of heritage in today's society, from the art and archaeology collections of UCL, and from the unrivalled resources of London's museums.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£9,015 (FT) £4,530 (PT)
Overseas:
£17,510 (FT) £8,755 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
1 April 2015

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students are introduced to theoretical issues involved in cultural heritage and develop a critical understanding of the social and political context in which the processes for managing cultural heritage operate. The flexible programme structure allows students to design a theoretically-based or practically-based degree depending on each individual's needs and interests.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of one core module (40 credits), optional modules (80 credits), an optional work placement and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Cultural Heritage and Development
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage

Options

  • Museum and Site Interpretation
  • Issues in Conservation: Context of Conservation
  • Cultural Memory
  • Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage in China
  • Beyond Chiefdoms: Archaeologies of African Political Traditions
  • Art: Interpretation and Explanation
  • Archaeologies of Modern Conflict
  • Archaeology and Ethnicity
  • Archaeology and Education
  • Antiquities and the Law
  • Managing Museums
  • Managing Archaeological Sites
  • Issues in Conservation: Understanding Objects

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, practical demonstrations, site visits and guest lectures, and includes a 20-day placement in a museum or other cultural heritage organisation. Assessment is through essays, projects reports, a heritage agency report following the placement, and the dissertation.

Funding

UK and EU students are eligible to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council funding.

Kathleen Kenyon Awards

Value:
£4,000
Duration:
1 year

Gordon Childe Studentship

Value:
UK/EU fees plus stipend
Duration:
1 year
Eligibility:

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Recent graduates of this programme have gone on to work in policy areas and project areas for national and international organisations, such as English Heritage, the National Trust, ICOMOS and UNESCO. They have also worked in development control, consultancies (such as Atkins Global), and in museums, site interpretation and education. Many students have also gone on to further research in academic institutions around the world, such as Stanford, Athens and Leiden, or here at UCL.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Horniman Museum, Museum Assistant, 2013,
  • Geffyre Museum, Education Officer, 2012,
  • Guardian News Media, Archive Assistant, 2010,
  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Educator, 2011,

Employability

Graduates have a critical understanding of both the theoretical and operational aspects of heritage and its use of the past to enrich the present for the public. The interdisciplinary nature of cultural heritage studies leads to creativity and initiative. Graduates are highly motivated and articulated. They have an acute awareness of the moral and ethical issues that are inherent in cultural heritage which contributes to skilful negotiation of contested matters. These abilities are valued by employers and heritage agencies and contribute to innovative exhibitions, educational activities, public programming and policy and strategy development. The breadth of the degree widens the spectrum of employment opportunities.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Archaeology is the largest and most diverse department of archaeology in the UK, and provides a stimulating environment for postgraduate study.

We are international in outlook and membership, with students and staff from over 40 countries, and involvement in field research projects around the globe.

UCL is located in central London, within walking distance to the British Museum and the British Library. The Institute's outstanding archaeological library is complemented by UCL's main library, University of London Senate House and other specialist libraries.

Student / staff ratios › 60 staff › 263 taught students › 130 research students

Department: Institute of Archaeology

Application and next steps

Applications

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is aimed at both those who wish to study cultural heritage as an academic subject, and those who might wish to obtain employment in the broad sector. The degree caters for students from a wide range of academic disciplines who wish to study this rapidly growing interdisciplinary field.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-04-01

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Cultural Heritage Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Cultural Heritage Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging academic environment
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • The MACHS degree places an emphasis on critical, theoretical perspectives on Cultural Heritage - what attracts you to the course at the intellectual, theoretical level

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