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Through imaginative teaching and world-leading research, we inspire our students to explore.

Course description

Our strong links with the heritage industry mean you can apply what you learn in real-world situations – during the course. Students work with organisations such as Historic England, the National Trust and regional museums – experience that can be a deciding factor when you compete for jobs in the sector.

You can come to the course from either an archaeology or a business/management background. Taught in partnership with colleagues from the Sheffield University Management School, it provides training in heritage interpretation and conservation, as well as marketing and site management.

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Cultural heritage management is about how we remember, value, conserve and represent the past.

This innovative course combines the strengths of the Department of Archaeology and Management School to provide training in heritage interpretation and conservation, as well as marketing and site management. As such, the course is suitable for those with a background in history or archaeology who wish to apply their knowledge in a management context, and for those with an interest in management who wish to apply their skills in the distinctive field of cultural heritage.

Links with the heritage industry will form an integral feature of your studies, and you can expect to apply the principles you learn to real world situations during the course. Students have worked collaboratively with organisations such as English Heritage, the National Trust and many regional museums, with many then drawing on their experience to find jobs in the heritage sector in the UK and overseas.


Core modules

These compulsory modules will provide you with the key knowledge and understanding for research or a profession in cultural heritage management.

The Department of Archaeology

The Management School

  • Introduction to the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Cultural Marketing
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites

*While the majority of dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department. You will be expected to cover the cost of printing and binding two copies of your dissertation/placement report.

You will choose modules worth a total of 45 credits from the following

For further information on the modules provided by the Management School please see


You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. You’ll have access to specialist labs and world-class reference collections. Many of our masters courses include a fieldwork or project-based component.

We integrate humanities and science-based approaches to nurture a deeper understanding. You’ll have the opportunity to explore different viewpoints and make up your own mind about their strengths and weaknesses.

We’ll help you to develop your critical thinking as well as your practical skills. What we ask of you, as a member of our lively academic community, is that you challenge, question, and explore.

Visit the MA Cultural Heritage Management page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!






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