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.
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 major 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
When you graduate from this course you will be equipped to pursue a career in the heritage sector, conduct further research or choose to continue your studies with the work-based Heritage Practice MPrac.
You will have input from professional and academic experts with substantial experience of working in the heritage and tourism sectors in various countries. Some of our academic staff include:
Professor Peter Stone, OBE, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace
Peter teaches and researches in heritage management, interpretation and education. He also holds a number of senior positions, including:
- Secretary General of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield
- Chairman of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield
- Member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO's Expert Network
- UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace
Gerard Corsane, Senior Lecturer and Degree Programme Director
Gerard’s teaching and research interests include:
- cultural resources management
- integrated heritage management
- heritage tourism
- sustainable development
- creative and cultural industries
Dr Aron Mazel, Reader in Heritage Studies
- the management and interpretation of tangible and intangible heritage
- museum history
- the construction of the hunter-gatherer past
- dating of rock art
- Northumberland rock art
View all our staff profiles.
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.
The course covers all aspects of heritage work and 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 at our Newcastle city centre campus and includes:
- seminars and practical sessions
The academic year usually starts in late September with Welcome Week. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience. This means you will have a mixture of taught modules and work-based placements.
Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time course, but spread over a longer period.
Work placements or work related-projects are usually off campus. You will have the opportunity to complete a placement in a suitable gallery, museum, or heritage site. This could be either 12 days long or 6 weeks long, depending on which pathway you chose in Semester 2.
You will have access to our top quality facilities within Media, Culture, Heritage and across the University:
- our libraries and eResources
- the Great North Museum: Hancock, located on campus, houses the collections that previously made up the Hancock Museum, the Shefton Museum of Greek Art and Archaeology (an internationally-renowned collection of over 1,000 Greek and Etruscan artefacts), and the Museum of Antiquities
- the Hatton Gallery, located on campus, has been at the heart of cultural life in the North East since the early 20th century
- the Language Resource Centre is a specialist language facility providing free access to self-study materials in 50 languages
- computing facilities with access to relevant databases and over 1,400 fully networked PCs
- the Gertrude Bell Archive
- non-campus facilities that are often used for student projects include Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums and the Victoria Tunnel
In addition to our expertise in heritage studies, the city of Newcastle and the wider region offers a wonderful resource with two World Heritage Sites, many heritage sites and over 80 regional museums and galleries. Much of the region's countryside is designated as National Park or Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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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 2018 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- MCH8501 Understanding Challenges in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- MCH8502 Managing Projects in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector
- MCH8503 Communicating and Learning in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
- MCH8504 Caring for 'Collections' in the Museum/Gallery/Heritage Sector
- MCH8532 Understanding Academic and Applied Research in Museum/Gallery/Heritage Studies
Optional modulesOptional modules
You take one of the following modules - Please note that if you are taking MCH8550, MCH8551 OR MCH8552 you must select the module that is linked to your designated Programme pathway.
- MCH8516 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Practice
- MCH8550 Working on a Project in the Museums Sector
- MCH8551 Working on an Art Museum and Gallery Project
- MCH8552 Working on a Project in the Heritage Sector
Followed by one of the modules given below (NB: If you register for MCH8516 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Practice, you cannot register for MCH8600 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Professional Practice and Research):
- MCH8599 Research: Dissertation
- MCH8600 Museum/Gallery/Heritage Professional Practice and Research
- MCH8601 Research: Vocationally-Orientated Project
You will follow the MA route (above) in your first year; then take one of the following compulsory modules in your second year:
Modules change annually to take account of:
- changing staff expertise
- developments in the discipline
- the requirements of external bodies and partners
- student feedback.
Most module information for 2019 entry will be available from mid-May 2019.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per year. If your studies last longer than a year your fee maybe subjected to an annual inflationary increase.
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £7,410
Part time: £3,705
Full time: £17,370
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £4,940
Part time: £2,470
Full time: £14,380
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2019 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
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.
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Pre-sessional English Language Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Language Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-session entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other sub-skills)
You can study our Pre-sessional English course at the INTO Newcastle Centre.
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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.
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.
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.