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Graduate Diploma in World Heritage Management

Course Description

Why is this course for me?
The Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation are part-time, online, distance learning courses designed to equip you with current thinking and professional understanding of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The programme will provide you with the knowledge base, skills and confidence to address World Heritage issues and to advance your career in this field. The Graduate Certificate (1-year, 30 credits) will give you a competitive advantage as a heritage professional working on projects relating to World Heritage properties and heritage conservation in general.

The Graduate Diploma (2-year, 60 credits) builds on knowledge and skills gained in the first year, developing more comprehensive knowledge and further specialisation in World Heritage Conservation. These courses in World Heritage Conservation are accessible to people from around the world, providing a flexible learning environment for professionals, decision makers, NGOs and other interested parties working in areas related to the nomination, monitoring and conservation of World Heritage properties. Distance learning makes the world your classroom!

What will I study?
This programme will introduce you to the science that underpins the practice of heritage protection. Through independent learning, project work and discussion forums you will receive a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide you with
knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

Graduate Certificate/Diploma
■ The World Heritage Convention and international strategies for conservation
■ Cultural heritage, sustainable development and diversity
■ Global biodiversity conservation, sustainability and heritage

Graduate Diploma
■ Management plans
■ Conservation strategies, best practices and case studies
■ Project writing, critical reviews and reporting

On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the UNESCO World HeritageConvention and its implementation, including the processes of inscription and monitoring of World Heritage properties;
■ Identify and analyse the role of key actors and instruments in global heritage conservation;
■ Understand theory and practice of conserving natural heritage, i.e. species, ecosystems and biodiversity, and cultural heritage, i.e. monuments, sites and landscapes.

Building on knowledge gained in the first year, completion of the 2-year Graduate Diploma will provide students with practical skills and a more specialised understanding of the application of the Convention. For example, on successful completion of stage 2, students will be able to establish a management plan framework and apply management plan methodology to cultural and natural sites.

What are the career opportunities?
With 190 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, nearly a thousand properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and an expanding number of properties on the Tentative List, all of which face conservation challenges, there is a growing need for professionals who understand how the Convention operates in terms of nomination, monitoring, conservation reporting and
mitigation of threats. Reflecting the spirit of the Convention, to safeguard natural and cultural heritage through an integrated approach, this programme provides graduates with a unique multidisciplinary perspective addressing conservation issues of both natural and cultural heritage. We give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the working of the Convention and for decision making in areas related to the nomination and conservation of World Heritage properties.

Career opportunities include
The qualifications will contribute to career development for heritage custodians and
stewards, ranging from national heritage and conservation officers to international
conservation agencies.

Entry Requirements

The programme is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics. We welcome a diverse group of participants with a wide range of experience in different areas of cultural and natural heritage, to provide for a dynamic forum for discussion and interaction. Applicants are normally expected to have an honours university degree, or equivalent workexperience. If English is not your native language, proof of your proficiency in English will be required, unless you took your primary degree through English in an English speaking country.

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