UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage


Sustainable Heritage Master's student life

What it is like to be a Sustainable Heritage MSc student? Read about our alumni's experiences, watch our graduate dissertation presentations and discover what our students have been doing during their studies.

On this page: Alumni experiences | Student activities | Dissertation research 

Alumni experience

Several of our alumni have shared their experiences studying a Sustainable Heritage Master's with us. Find out how it has helped them with career opportunities, changing career path, or continuing in academia.

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The Sustainable Heritage MSc is perfect for someone looking for an intellectual challenge, and complements a variety of future careers relating to the built environment or museum collections. I not only gained a wealth of knowledge, but I have also widened my skillset through teamwork and project management, which will be invaluable in my new role."

Natalie Ioannou, studied Built Environment: Sustainable Heritage MSc 2020-21
Find out more about Natalie's experience  ► 

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Since graduating I have been using data science skills learnt from the MSc straight away in my role as Preventive Data Scientist at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in coding applications for the prevention of damage to museum objects from the climate, insects, light and other risks to the objects."

Bhavesh Shah, studied Data Science for Cultural Heritage MSc, 2020-21
Find out more about Bhavesh's experience


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Student activities

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Increasing heritage engagement using social media

Together with Data Science for Cultural Heritage MSc student Tian Cui, ISH academics Pakhee Kumar and Scott Orr published an open-access paper analysing posts from Historic Environment Scotland’s Instagram account @historicscotland.

Students of Sustainable Heritage MSc with academic staff, the Births High Commissioner in Malta and staff from Heritage Malta

Students present Fort Delimara field work to British High Commissioner in Malta and Heritage Malta

Sustainable Heritage MSc students have returned from Malta after completing fieldwork at Fort Delimara, after presenting their findings to Heritage Malta experts and the British High Commissioner in Malta.

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Using artificial intelligence in heritage master’s assessments

Dr Josep-Grau Bove shares with the UCL Digital Assessment blog how he has transformed assessments to incorporate AI in the ‘Machine Learning for Heritage’ MSc Module.

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Sustainable Heritage MSc students survey Queen Elizabeth’s former home in Malta

In collaboration with Heritage Malta, an international team of heritage students from UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage have been studying the site, ahead of the plans to eventually open the building and garden to the public.

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Sustainable Heritage MSc students working with the Wallace Collection

For the annual field trip module this year, the Sustainable Heritage MSc students worked in collaboration with the Wallace Collection. Situated in central London, the Wallace Collection houses a spectacular collection of paintings, furniture and other historic artefacts.

Dissertation research

Each year several of our recent graduate return to present their inspirational dissertation research to current, future and past students. Watch their presentations.

Anisa Lloja - Class of 2020/21

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Towards Historic Urban Landscape – the past and the future of Gjirokastra World Heritage Site management

Alex Hayes - Class of 2019/20

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Mapping the role of heritage in Woolwich’s socio-economic regeneration

Andrew Davies - Class of 2020/21

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Optimising Cultural Heritage Apps

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