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Prepare for an exciting future promoting a better understanding of the past. Our new MA Public History and Heritage offers a compelling combination of work experience, practical training and academic research.

-Develop both intellectual and professional skills for leadership roles in the public history, heritage and cultural industries
-Study in a historic city and county, surrounded by visitor attractions including country houses, museums and industrial archaeology
-Gain practical experience of the heritage industry, with work placements to enhance your employability
-Build your networks and undertake fascinating real-world projects, drawing on our links with local, national and international heritage organisations
-Explore public history and heritage at a global level, underpinned by our partnerships with universities overseas
-Be inspired by our dedicated, enthusiastic teaching team, including historians who are published experts in their field and heritage professionals with vast industry experience

This is a new course starting in September 2017 (*subject to approval).

Real-world learning in action

You’ll undertake a work placement in a public history or heritage-related organisation, go on frequent field trips and undertake employer-led projects.

Employability skills are embedded in every aspect of the course, so you will benefit from practical training in areas such as heritage management, audience research, policy writing, fundraising, curation – including digital curation – marketing and communication.
At the same time, you will explore advanced academic and conceptual debates around public history and heritage. The MA culminates in a research-based dissertation on a relevant theme of your choice.

Learn from the experts

You will be taught by a team of academic historians and heritage industry experts who can share cutting-edge practice in their fields. They include renowned researchers and authors, who work regularly as consultants on restoration projects and major exhibitions.
The MA opens up wide-ranging opportunities for you to network with heritage professionals inside and outside the classroom – not only on work placements but also through our exciting programme of field visits, guest speakers, conferences and public events.

Visit the Public History and Heritage - MA page on the University of Derby website for more details!

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