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Global Heritage Management

Explore the central aspects of global heritage management and gain the practical knowledge and skills needed to work within the sector.

Open up a wide range of career paths – some of which you may never have encountered or thought about before. Our expert staff will guide you, helping you to make informed choices about your future.

Our graduates have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • Heritage management
  • Project management
  • Social and community engagement
  • Learning and outreach
  • Grant management

About the programme

We encourage you to think critically about heritage and to engage practically with sites, challenges, management and policy frameworks, and international developments.

We explore issues from around the world, involving input from heritage professionals worldwide. Your work will focus on real-world practice, issues, and sites, including visits, workshops and skills development work. We focus on providing you with the knowledge and skills needed to work in the sector.

Discover key aspects of heritage work – from small community-run sites through to national sites, World Heritage, and intangible cultural heritage.
By the end of the programme, you will be confident in:

  • Navigating key sectoral frameworks at local, national and international levels
  • Working with communities
  • Managing sites and heritage resources
  • Heritage interpretation
  • Understanding conservation
  • Planning for accessibility and inclusion
  • Marketing heritage and engaging with media
  • Responding to challenges, change and crisis connected to heritage

Together we'll ask:

  • What counts as heritage and who decides? Is all heritage ‘good’?
  • Whose heritages are on show, and whose are missing? Why?
  • What are the key norms and frameworks for heritage? How can we work with them and critically challenge them?
  • How can perspectives from around the world enrich our understandings of heritage?
  • What do we do with ‘difficult’ heritage connected to historical injustice?
  • When is heritage ‘at risk’ and how do we manage this?
  • How can our heritage practice contribute to social and environmental justice?

Across our teaching, you’ll have the opportunity to put your critical understanding into practice. You’ll do this through vocationally orientated tasks, such as preparing World Heritage documentation. We also work closely with key heritage organisations such as the National Trust and the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Join a global cohort of students engaging with these questions. On this programme you'll share knowledge and experiences from around the world and build your own network of colleagues.