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MA Heritage and Interpretation


Course Description

Course Description

This degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to shape, manage and interpret heritage sites and objects and become an effective, critical and creative heritage professional.

You will look in-depth at the processes of heritage making, the politics and uses of heritage across the world, and the concepts, theories and creative practice of heritage interpretation.

This course will develop your critical and creative thinking skills and encourage you to engage with the literature, case examples and with other students whilst reflecting on your own heritage and interpretation interests and experiences.

You will take four core modules and, if you are taking the MA/MSc, complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This is your chance to delve into your particular interests and extend your expertise. For many, it is the most exciting part of the course, as a self-directed opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level.

By taking the distance learning course, you have the flexibility to fit studying around your existing work and family commitments. The School works with a team of highly skilled Associate Tutors, all of whom are experienced museum and heritage professionals and you will receive excellent support throughout your studies.

This course will especially suit you if you are working in, or looking for employment in, the heritage sector and will also provide an excellent preparation if you wish to go on to pursue PhD research in the Heritage and Interpretation area.

If you have any questions about this course, join us for a live online chat with academic tutors and admissions staff.

Course modules

Locating Heritage
Making Heritage
Supporting Heritage
Interpreting Heritage
Dissertation (15,000 words)

Teaching and assessment methods

You will undertake a programme of supported, self-directed study. All materials necessary to complete the course will be mailed to you, and you will be provided with module and pastoral support. The course integrates theoretical approaches, historical and contemporary case studies and practical skills on an interdisciplinary basis. All students follow the same core course of study, but you will be encouraged to focus your own learning and research within personal areas of particular interest and experience.

The course is global in outlook, but simultaneously facilitates the use of institutions, practices and objects available locally for each student. The programme is stimulating and intellectually demanding, fosters an aptitude for critical and creative thinking, and will encourage you to engage with the literature, case examples and other students whilst reflecting on your own heritage and interpretation interests and experiences.

All modules are assessed. Students who achieve the required standard and who wish to work toward the Masters Degree, complete a dissertation.

(Please note: due to regular enhancement of the University’s courses, please refer to Leicester’s own website (http://www.le.ac.uk) or/and Terms and Conditions (http://www2.le.ac.uk/legal) for the most accurate and up-to-date course information. We recommend that you familiarise yourself with this information prior to submitting an application.)

Visit the MA Heritage and Interpretation page on the University of Leicester website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or second class honours degree or equivalent, from a recognised university, together with evidence of engagement with, or commitment to, the museum/gallery/heritage sector (or appropriate transferable skills). We will consider candidates without an honours degree who have significant relevant work experience; you may be required to complete a written assessment as part of your application. If your first language is not English, you must meet the University’s English language requirements.

Course Fees

MA - UK/EU: £8,760 International: £14,630


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