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MA Public Humanities

Course Description

About the course

The MA combines hands-on training in project management, cultural heritage and digital technologies in a unique and professional approach. The work placement module operates on a ‘client’ basis – giving you the opportunity to gain practical real-world experience in a supportive environment.

You get to design and undertake your own projects, which may draw on your existing specialist subjects or explore new areas. You’ll select pathway modules, which are core for the course and combine these with modules taught by staff from across the Faculty in their areas of expertise.

Experts from the HRI and staff with practical experience in public engagement and cultural heritage will open your mind to the full potential of digital technology and theoretical and practical elements of public humanities. Core modules are designed to simulate real-life projects and you’ll hone your project management skills on work placement with an appropriate organisation in Sheffield.

Your career

The MA Public Humanities is designed to prepare you for a career in communicating ideas, working directly with the public, preparing and managing events or creating materials to engage a range of audiences. You could go into the arts and heritage industry, publishing, theatre, education, government or the media.

You’ll get the opportunity to gain relevant and practical experience with digital technology on the course. The emphasis on applied communication and project planning techniques in a range of settings makes you the kind of project manager employers are looking for – someone who can lead the work on public engagement and cultural heritage projects.

About the faculty

The Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Sheffield is a family of departments with a reputation for excellence in research and public engagement.

We specialise in interdisciplinary MAs. This kind of study encourages you to think broadly and see connections that others might not appreciate – a valuable asset if you’re looking for a job or funding for a PhD.

We believe that the arts and humanities play a vital role in society, contributing to culture and enriching our lives. We know you can take your passion for a subject and turn it into a fulfilling career, and we can show you how to do it.

Humanities Research Institute

The HRI is a world-leading centre of research, which fosters interdisciplinary and collaborative research. It has expertise in design and support for innovative digital humanities and public engagement projects with staff, students and external partners.


The Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies
The School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
School of Languages and Cultures


The list includes: Introduction to Public Humanities; Public Engagement or Digital Humanities in Practice; Introduction and Advanced Digital Humanities; Understanding Public Engagement; Heritage, History and Identity; Heritage, Heritage, Place and Community and modules from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Core modules

Students choose one or two core pathway modules from Digital Humanities, Public Engagement and Cultural Heritage. Other core modules are Introduction to Public Humanities; Heritage, History and Identity; Heritage, Place and Identity; one appropriate linked project module and the dissertation.

Examples of optional modules

You can choose from a range of approved modules in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Teaching and assessment

The course includes project work, blogs, workshops, event management, a client-centred work placement, practical seminars and relevant tutorials. The dissertation enhances and demonstrates your independent study skills. You’ll be assessed on your coursework and a dissertation.

Visit the MA Public Humanities page on the University of Sheffield website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 in an appropriate subject. To talk about your qualifications, call us or send us an email. English language requirements: overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

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