MA International Cultural Heritage Management


Durham University    Department of Archaeology

Full time & Part time September MA 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Business & Management (5) History & Archaeology (19)

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Unleash your passion for preserving cultural heritage with the MA in International Cultural Heritage Management at Durham University. This programme delves into the complexities of heritage management on a global scale, equipping you with the skills to tackle challenges such as climate change, neglect, and conflict destruction. Choose between the Cultural Heritage Research route, culminating in a dissertation, or the Professional Practice Route, ending with an analytical case study report. Engage in a variety of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, and field trips to Durham's UNESCO World Heritage Site. Benefit from assessment diversity, including essays, critical reflections, and practical projects. Entry requirements include a 2:1 Honours Degree or international equivalent, with a demonstrated interest in cultural heritage. Join a vibrant postgraduate community with access to cutting-edge facilities and extensive library resources. Prepare for a rewarding career in academia, museums, heritage organizations, or professional archaeology. Embrace the opportunity to become a leader in cultural heritage preservation and management.

About the course

The MA in International Cultural Heritage Management explores the key issues of cultural heritage management around the world and its influence on a grand scale on society and on people’s lives. You will come to understand how cultural heritage management offers a sense of identity, maintains social diversity and cohesion, and enables dialogue between cultures.

You will learn how successful heritage management plays a vital role in education, cultural protection, conflict migration and sustainable development and the way cultural heritage is an essential tool in helping to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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Entry Requirements

We normally require an Honours Degree, usually at the 2:1 level or higher or an international equivalent, such as a GPA of 3.3 or above. The course is taught assuming no prior knowledge, but an ability to demonstrate previous interest or experience of cultural heritage would be an advantage. Students should be willing to prepare a cultural heritage case study to bring with them.

One satisfactory reference is required.


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Brijeshwari Kumari Gohil

I have been working as a consultant with Piramal Art Foundation in India. After completing the MA, I simultaneously formed a society in the city of Bhavnagar (Gujarat) called Bhavnagar Heritage Preservation Society. The society is a citizen-led initiative focusing on the preservation, protection and promotion of tangible and intangible heritage in Bhavnagar, India.
My experience of studying in Durham has influenced my overall development and helped me streamline my professional practice tremendously. Community engagement and involvement in Lumbini, Nepal during my placement has influenced and inspired me to start the Bhavnagar Heritage Preservation Society back home in India. Site visits and the all-day management modules that the course offered have not only helped me develop my communication and financial skills in my professional life but also in my personal life.
Time in Durham flew by too quickly. Some of my fondest memories include the presentations and the heritage trips that we embarked upon. The trips were a great way to see and understand different cultural and natural heritage sites. I was also lucky to get my placement in Lumbini, Nepal. The entire experience was a great way to interact and learn from some of the best professionals and academics in the field! The atmosphere in the university was warm, welcoming and intellectually stimulating! And of course, who would not miss the chaos and community bonding that went on while shuffling tight deadlines!

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