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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    History & Archaeology

  • Start Date

    September, August

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time, 2 years part time

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    UK/EU students: £11,300 per year
    Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £11,300 per year
    International students: £23,200 per year

  • Last Updated

    03 January 2019

Developed by specialist practitioners in response to the needs of the heritage sector, this exciting MA will give you knowledge and skills that are directly relevant for a career in cultural heritage. If you are already working in the sector, this course delivers opportunities for high level, practical CPD.

At Sussex, we approach Heritage as a form of critical practice, meaning you will gain an understanding of how to apply critical theory in practical settings. You will consider how heritage contributes to our individual and collective identity across a range of global contexts.

  • Alongside two core modules, you can choose optional modules from across our Art History and History MA portfolio, giving you scope to cover topics such as built heritage, human rights and religion in history, popular culture, and representations of women in art.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn from both expert faculty and visiting heritage professionals with years of experience at institutions and organisations such as the V&A, Science Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, Historic England, and Charleston.
  • Play an active part in conserving Sussex’s heritage: our relationship with the National Trust will enable you to contribute to the care of an NT building as part of your MA. Our partnerships and collaborations with organisations of every scale – from huge public institutions to small, community-led ones – will give you multiple opportunities to study on site and gain valuable behind-the-scenes access.
  • Take inspiration from your surroundings – a campus comprised of Grade I and II listed buildings, Brighton’s creative arts culture, and the South Downs national park – while enjoying easy access to London’s world-renowned resources.

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and family life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at 

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you explore heritage concepts modules and choose options from History and Art History.

Between January and July, you choose a topic for your dissertation, which can be inspired by what you’ve studied in the autumn and spring terms or by heritage history, theory and/or practice in countries around the world.

Assessed work includes term papers, practical assignments and a 12,000-word dissertation.


This course is currently subject to validation, in line with our procedures for assuring the quality of our degrees. This means that some course detail may change. The validation process will be concluded before the course starts.

Visit the Heritage - MA page on the University of Sussex website for more details!




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