Postgraduate

Heritage Studies MA, PGDip

Heritage Studies MA, PGDip

MA - full time: 12 months, part-time: 24 months
PGDip - full time: 9 months, part time: 18 months

Profile

Our Heritage Studies courses will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skill in heritage management, heritage education and interpretation. Coupled with a work placement within a relevant heritage organisation, this course will prepare you for, or progress, a successful career in the heritage sector.


Your course during COVID-19

Please rest assured we make all reasonable efforts to provide you with the programmes, services and facilities described. However, it may be necessary to make changes due to significant disruption, for example in response to COVID-19.

Further information

Our COVID-19 Study page gives more information about your Newcastle University study experience.

Terms and conditions and student complaints

The University has terms and conditions which create a positive environment for learning and academic achievement.

Given the changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commitments outlined are subject to the guidelines that may be in place at the time.


About this course

The course covers key aspects of heritage tourism and visitor engagement, drawing on experiences from expert staff and visiting speakers and visits to local heritage sites. It encourages a hands-on approach and involves input by heritage professionals from the region and beyond. Alongside freelance heritage consultants, these professionals work in organisations including:

  • Historic England
  • the National Trust
  • the National Park Authority
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

When you graduate from this course you will be equipped to pursue a career in the heritage sector or conduct further research.

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Staff

The programme leader is Dr Aron Mazel, Reader in Heritage Studies.

The course is part of Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts and Cultures which has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

You will have input from professional and academic experts with substantial experience of working in the heritage and tourism sectors in various countries. 

Personal tutors and supervisors of Heritage Studies research projects include:

  • Dr Emma Coffield
  • Dr Bruce Davenport
  • Dr Susannah Eckersley
  • Dr Areti Galani
  • Dr Katie Markham
  • Prof Rhiannon Mason
  • Dr Nick Rush-Cooper
  • Dr Joanne Sayner
  • Prof Peter Stone
  • Iain Wheeldon
  • Prof Chris Whitehead

Our courses are based in Media, Culture, Heritage. They are also affiliated with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies.

ICCHS has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Delivery

The course covers all aspects of heritage work. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.

We use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you achieve your learning objectives. This includes a large proportion of guided independent study.

Scheduled contact time is online or on-campus in Newcastle city centre and includes seminars, practical sessions, and workshops.

You will take six compulsory modules, plus the choice of a research dissertation or a vocationally-orientated project. More information about these pathways is on the module tab.

Part-time study consists of the same modules and options as the full-time course but spread over a longer period.

The academic year usually starts in late September with Induction.

Student Profile

Through this course you can continue studying your passion while also learning skills that are useful in a career.

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Modules

You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.

A flexible mixture of taught modules and a possible work-based placement will provide you with a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.

Postgraduate Diploma students must complete six 20-credit modules (120 credits in total). MA students study the same modules plus one of our 60-credit dissertation modules (180 credits in total).

Modules for 2020 entry

Module changes

Course content changes 

The information above is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability

Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

Fees & Funding

2021-2022 fees

The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in any subject.

We will also consider your application if you have:

  • non-standard qualifications 
  • relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors

If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may ask for more information. You may need to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

Pre-sessional English Language courses are accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering our Pre-sessional courses online only from June to September 2020.

Pathway courses

Our Business and Humanities Graduate Diplomas will prepare you for Master's study at Newcastle. If you're successful then you're guaranteed a place on this Master's course. Depending on your level of English, you can choose from:

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

Contact

Dr Joanne Sayner
Degree Programme Director
Media, Culture, Heritage
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5336
Email: pgmch@ncl.ac.uk

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