The Heritage Studies course covers key aspects of heritage tourism and visitor engagement. It draws 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'll be equipped to pursue a career in the heritage sector or conduct further research.
The course is part of Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts and Cultures. We have a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community. It's made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.
Heritage Studies is also affiliated with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS). ICCHS is a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies.
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Find out about the different qualification options for this course.
An MA is a taught master’s degree. It usually involves the study of social sciences, art and humanities, and business, consulting and management. It typically includes:
- subject-specific taught modules
- a dissertation or research project of approximately 15,000 – 18,000 words
You'll usually study an MA full time over 12 months.
A Master of Arts is awarded for the successful completion of 120 credits of taught modules and a 60 credit dissertation or research project.
A PGDip is awarded if you successfully complete all of the taught modules (120 credits).
What you'll learn
The course covers all aspects of heritage work. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience.
You'll take six compulsory modules, plus the choice of a research dissertation or a vocationally-orientated project.
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.
Module information 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.
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.
Optional modules availability
Some course have optional modules. Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.
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How you'll learn
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:
- practical sessions
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.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Oral presentation
- Research proposal
- Written exercise
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
The programme leader is Dr Aron Mazel, Reader in Heritage Studies.
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
Quality and ranking
All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body
From 1 January 2020 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK
As a research student in media, culture and heritage, you'll have access to a dedicated study space with:
- networked PCs
- photocopying facilities
You can also use the common room and kitchen to meet with fellow researchers and academics.
You'll have access to our top-quality facilities, plus the extensive cultural resources available on campus and in the city:
- our libraries and eResources
- the Great North Museum: Hancock, located on campus. It 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 offer a wonderful resource. We've 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.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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Applications for 2022/23
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