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Cultural Property Protection MLitt

The course is a flexible research programme offering a bespoke specialist CPP qualification.

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Start date(s):

  • September 2024
Masters level study. Sign up to webinar on Wednesday 20 March, 14:00-15:00 (GMT)


This course will be suitable for you if you are:

  • interested in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict or following natural disasters
  • a recent graduate considering PhD research in this field
  • a member of the armed forces seeking a professional CPP qualification
  • a heritage professional seeking a professional CPP qualification

The Cultural Property Protection MLitt is a bespoke researched-based programme with some taught elements. The taught research methods part of the programme provides structured learning. This is ideal if you're unfamiliar with academic research or have been away from academia for a long time.

You'll be fully supported by world-class experts in the field. The course is part of Media, Culture and 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.

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Our research areas

Research students in the MCH pursue a variety of topics related to museum, gallery and heritage studies. Our academic supervisors have significant experience in interdisciplinary research and professional practice. Our key research themes relating to the MLitt in CPP are:

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What you'll learn

You'll develop research and presentation skills in the taught component. You'll gain a key grounding in the policies and practice surrounding cultural property protection in armed conflict and disasters from different perspectives, including:

  • governments
  • the armed forces
  • international organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's)
  • heritage professionals

Modules will enable you to develop:

  • advanced knowledge of critiques of cultural heritage destruction and protection as contested arenas
  • advanced knowledge of contemporary armed conflict in relation to CPP, examining various conflicts and actors
  • advanced knowledge of national and international legal, ethical, and policy frameworks, and military doctrine
  • a critical and discriminating understanding of the role of various actors in heritage destruction and protection
  • a critical and discriminating understanding of the technologies available for cultural property protection


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.

How you'll learn

Your development

Professional development

The flexible nature of the assignments makes this programme easy to modify to suit your particular interests. It is particularly suitable for part-time students. You'll have the opportunity to advance your career and knowledge through research. The assignments allow you to explore a variety of smaller topics or carry out in-depth research around a more focused topic.

You will increase your knowledge in your chosen topics. You'll also develop a broad range of research and project management skills. Through taught modules and research projects, you'll develop broader competencies, including:

  • conducting critical reviews of literature, legal frameworks, doctrine, and heritage management instruments
  • data collection and management using multiple sources
  • synthesising, evaluating, and presenting complex material and advanced analytical conclusions to different audiences using appropriate techniques
  • applying subject-related knowledge and advanced theoretical models to international case studies
  • information technology skills by supporting your assignments and oral presentations appropriately
  • the ability to observe professional and academic standards, including appropriate use of relevant ethical codes of practice

Your future

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Quality and ranking

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body


As a research student in media, culture and heritage, you'll have access to a dedicated study space with:

  • networked PCs
  • printing
  • 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:

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 2024 entry (per year)

What you're paying for

Tuition fees include the costs of:

  • matriculation
  • registration
  • tuition (or supervision)
  • library access
  • examination
  • re-examination
  • graduation

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Entry requirements

The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

Qualifications from outside the UK

English Language requirements

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Credit transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) can allow you to convert existing relevant university-level knowledge, skills and experience into credits towards a qualification. Find out more about the RPL policy which may apply to this course

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  • on-campus open days
  • virtual open days
  • webinars

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Get in touch

Questions about this course?

If you have specific questions about this course you can contact:

For administrative enquiries:

Karen Robb
School of Arts and Cultures
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3509

For academic queries about the programme:

Professor Peter Stone
UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace
MCH, School of Arts and Culture
Telephone +44 (0) 191 208 7095


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