The MA in Heritage Practice offers students a programme that explores the full breadth of Heritage and the Heritage industry within the UK and World today, thus providing valuable insights and understanding of this hugely important sector.
The programme of study offers students a unique opportunity to explore a range of Heritage issues. It combines broadly based compulsory modules with two distinct and specialised optional pathways, in Cultural Heritageand Museums and Archives. The Cultural Heritage pathway is composed of two modules, which focus upon the notion of heritage as cultural practice and thus explore questions such as where does heritage come from, how is it made, what does it do, and how does it relate to the past and present, what is the relationship between heritage and the construction of identity, and what is the role of landscape, architecture and monuments in determining and embedding heritage.
The second pathway on Museums and Archives is also composed of two modules which explore many of the issues surrounding the management, conservation, practice and legislation surrounding the operation of museums and archives.
The programme also encourages students to undertake a work placement at a museum, or heritage site of their choice, while those on the Lampeter campus can undertake this in the Roderic Bowen Research Centre.
Students are therefore equipped with a broad understanding and appreciation of the field of Heritage in addition to a more concentrated and specialist knowledge on a particular strand. Running through all these modules is a focus upon the practice based, employability side of Heritage. This is then extended further into a discreet work placement module. Here students enter the work place, taking with them the knowledge and understanding from the course which they apply in a practical, hands-on setting.
Research Methodology in Heritage
Heritage: Representation & Interpretation
The Heritage Industry in the modern World
Exhibiting the Past,
Documenting the Past
Heritage and Architecture;
Heritage Project Management
Work placement/ independent project
For full details for modules please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/ma-heritage-practice/
Module descriptions are updated annually in August prior to the start of the academic year.
The programme upon an established pool of expertise in heritage and heritage related concerns, and covers a range of projects undertaken over a number of years: This includes:
the excavations and conservation of the Newport Ship
the development of a collaborative museum exhibition of Egyptian scarabs
the excavation of the Medieval Abbey site at Strata Florida and subsequent community and schools engagement
landscape heritage and interpretation
the construction of social memory through war memorials and war remembrance
the Tregaron Elephant project, with its community engagement and
the exhibition of finds from the medieval estate of Fettenear.
This represents a considerable bank of knowledge and skills that will underpin this programme and will ensure student experience a high quality educational experience.
Moreover the programme can benefit from the range of contacts and associations (such as CADW, English Heritage, Heritage Lottery Fund, National Trust, UNESCO, Qatari Museums Authority, the British Museum, St Fagan’s) that staff undertake as part of their research and project management.
This experience will feed into teaching that offers unique insight into the way the Heritage industry operates, its organisations and structures, its operational procedures and regulation, its ethical and conservations considerations, and thus leaves students in a strong position for entering employment within heritage related areas and fields.
The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good II.1 honours, or equivalent. However as part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course
For information on our postgraduate study scholarships please visit: http://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/bursaries/
The normal minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree, with good II.1 honours, or equivalent. However as part of an inclusive approach to learning we encourage students from non traditional entry points or without recognised educational backgrounds but who have an equivalent and appropriate professional qualification or significant relevant professional experience to apply. In such cases the programme leader may ask for a telephone/ skype conversation or request evidence in the form of a piece of work, report, analysis of some sort to satisfy themselves that each student is able to fulfil their potential on the course.