UCL Graduate degrees


Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy MSc

Heritage is about the future of what matters, protecting objects and practices that have meaning for communities and society for future generations. But in the face of immense social and planetary change, what future are we facing and how do the choices we make help to shape it? This Master’s degree equips heritage practitioners and policy professionals to think critically and strategically about the long-term futures of what society values.

Key information

Please note: application is no longer open for a September 2020 start.

Programme starts

September 2020

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Part-time students will usually enrol on two modules in their first year, and two modules and the dissertation module in their second year.

Application dates

We are sorry but this programme is not accepting applications for 2020/21 entry.

Tuition fees (2020/21)

£15,050 (FT)
£7,700 (PT)
£25,900 (FT)
£12,960 (PT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Location: London, Bloomsbury and London, Hackney Wick (Here East)

Entry requirements

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

English language requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

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

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About this degree

You will learn fundamental qualitative and quantitative research skills, designing research projects and writing to a high academic standard. You will gain practical expertise in foresight techniques, and understand what makes evidence relevant to policy teams. Students will work across a range of academic disciplines to explore concepts like complexity and emergence, and consider the different ways in which value is understood, assessed and protected in societies.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits, comprising 120 taught credits and a 60 credit dissertation.

 In the academic year 2020/21 all modules are compulsory: optional modules will be introduced to meet demand in subsequent academic years.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to sustainable heritage (15 credits)
  • Foresight for heritage I (15 credits)
  • Foresight for heritage II (15 credits)
  • Time, systems and future heritage (15 credits)
  • Design futures for heritage (15 credits)
  • Material futures for heritage (15 credits)
  • Policy advice and evidence (30 credits)
  • Dissertation module (60 credits)

Optional modules


A dissertation module (60 credits), in which they will design and undertake a research project: this will give them a chance to draw on previous modules in developing an appropriate methodology and relating their findings to a professional or policy context.

Teaching and learning

Teaching takes place in two-week blocks, to allow students to manage professional and family commitments, and to enable a variety of teaching formats, from lectures to workshops and collaborative research. Over the course of the programme you will produce academic essays, policy reports, future scenarios, and artefacts for a speculative design exhibition.

Additional costs

 If you are concerned by potential additional costs for books, equipment, etc. on this programme, please get in touch with the Programme Administrator, Mr Robert Heller, by e-mailing r.heller@ucl.ac.uk

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Any additional funding available from the UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage and the The Bartlett Faculty Office are advertised on the respective websites.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


Graduates will have a diverse skill-set suited to senior or leaderships roles. As well as research skills, graduates will be competent in strategic foresight and have the ability to envision and work towards strategic outcomes. They will also have a critical understanding of the value different forms of evidence have for policy teams. 


There is a recognised need within heritage policy and in the wider workplace for professionals with the capacity to anticipate and manage long-term change. The programme has been developed with input from Historic England and other relevant policy groups. It offers students opportunities to engage with authentic policy challenges, presenting research findings to members of national policy teams. Graduates will be equipped for senior roles in strategy advice, analyst, and research teams within heritage institutions and policy teams, and will be able to pursue opportunities in organisations concerned with social impact more generally, such as think-tanks, local government, foundations, or developers.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy MSc at UCL is the first of its kind, combing and deep understanding of social value with long-term perspectives to make critical decisions on what is maintained for future generations and how. Whilst learning an array of foresight techniques, you will also engage with broader theoretical and methodological resources to think critically about the future and how strategic foresight can be employed in heritage policy decisions.

The institute was awarded the Europa Nostra Grand Prix for Research – a highly regarded prize in the field of heritage science research – in 2010.

We are part of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources – home to specialist institutes in energy, environment, resources and heritage. The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together an array of scientific and professional specialisms to research, understand, design, construct and operate the built environment of the future. The QS World University Rankings (2020) places The Bartlett, as the #1 for Architecture/Built Environment studies in the UK and #3 in the World. 

Department: Bartlett School of Environment, Energy & Resources

Application and next steps


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?

You will have an undergraduate degree with a 2:1 (Hons.) or higher in any subject, and a standard of English equal to UCL's 'Good' level. Three years or more working in the development or implementation of heritage, social, or cultural policy is highly desirable. Applicants without this professional experience will be asked to provide evidence of equivalent relevant experience.

Application deadlines

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 Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy at graduate level
  • why you want to study Heritage Evidence, Foresight and Policy at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

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