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MA Heritage Tourism

Course Description

The MA Heritage Tourism programme is aimed at individuals working in, or hoping to work in heritage development, tourism, policy development, community development and interpretation within public, private and voluntary sectors.

Course overview

The MA Heritage Tourism programme is available as a full or part time campus based programme as well as a part-time online programme. In part one of the programme students will study a number of modules which will enable them to gain a systematic understanding of the nature of heritage within the context of tourism development, marketing and management.

Heritage specific modules will engage them in discussion about the nature and meaning of heritage, representations and interpretation of heritage and issues such as authenticity and bias. Additionally, students will also develop an understanding of management principles and marketing applied to the heritage tourism context and will engage in critical thinking about contemporary global issues which form the backdrop to the discipline.

In part two of the programme, students can elect to undertake a dissertation, integrated case study or business development proposal. Exit awards also include Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma.


Part 1

Within part 1 of the programme students undertaking the Postgraduate Diploma or MA must take all compulsory modules and one optional module; students undertaking a Postgraduate Certificate must take three out of the four compulsory modules.

Heritage Tourism Contexts (compulsory)
Heritage: Representation and Interpretation (compulsory)
Marketing (compulsory)
Management Theory and Practice (compulsory)
Global Issues (compulsory)
International Tourism Contexts (optional)
Events Management: Themes and Issues (optional)
Industry Research Experience (optional)
Part 2

Students undertaking the MA Heritage Tourism must take one of the following:

Case Study
Business Development Proposal

Key Features

The MA Heritage Tourism programme combines a theoretical approach with practical skills relevant for the sector and promotes an understanding of key concepts from an applied perspective. Students will study a combination of management, social science and subject specific modules which will engage them in discussion about their discipline set within the wider global context.

Graduates from the programmes will have developed transferable employability skills such as research, problem solving, data interpretation and critical thinking as well as gaining the knowledge and practical skills applicable to the sector.

A key feature of the programme is that we aim to produce graduates who are global citizens and who approach their personal and professional lives from a sustainable perspective.

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is committed to placing sustainability at the core of its activities and has made it a strategic priority, which has been further enhanced by the creation of the Institute of Sustainable Practice, Innovation and Resource Effectiveness (INSPIRE) – this ethos is reflected within the programmes with the embedding of sustainable thinking and global awareness throughout the learning.

Key features:

- Available as a campus based or online programme
- Builds on excellent industry and academic links
- Combines theory based discussion with practical application
- Learner focused approach
- Engages students in sustainable thinking and global issues

Entry Criteria

All applicants will be individually considered for admission using the following criteria:

Normally, the possession of a minimum of a 2:2 honours degree, or an appropriate equivalent, i.e. a professional qualification, from a recognised British or overseas institution.
Applicants for the online programme should normally be employed in a suitable type and size of organisation so that they can draw on their professional context for learning.
Applicants who do not fully satisfy the general criteria will be considered and may be admitted if they are able to demonstrate that they are capable of successfully undertaking and completing the programme at the required standard, and are able to contribute fully to, and benefit from, the learning experiences delivered within the programme.
There is no requirement for attendance in the UK for the online distance learning programme. International students who decide to come to the University to attend in person in the UK must fully meet the requirements of the UKBA.
Applicants who have been taught and assessed in languages other than English should have an English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.
Other Potential Candidates

Candidates with significant related employment fields, or related area/discipline/subject experience, or defined voluntary experience, or similar related employment field experience may be admitted to the programme without degree or degree equivalent qualifications if they can demonstrate their potential to meet the learning requirements of the programme.

Visit the MA Heritage Tourism page on the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally a good honours degree or evidence of prior learning or experience.

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