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Cultural Heritage and Resource Management (MA/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management at Winchester offers a perspective which, although grounded in UK heritage practice, is also situated within a wider global context and offers industry placements and project work abroad.

Programme Content

The programme considers the wider place of heritage management in contemporary society and offers students the chance to undertake their own projects on a range of different subjects. Using both a British and a global approach, the theory and practice of cultural heritage and resource management is investigated.

The course uses experts drawn from across the heritage spectrum including museums and galleries; cultural tourism; theme parks; national, local and global heritage organisations; archives; libraries; and archaeological units. In addition, students are able to participate in the department's own research projects, which have included archaeological sites in Winchester, Cornwall, Georgia, Armenia, Corsica, Barbados, Ethiopia and Egypt, and are encouraged to use their skills in enhancing and developing existing cultural heritage strategies in these locations.

See the website http://www.winchester.ac.uk/Studyhere/Pages/ma-cultural-heritage-and-resource-management.aspx


- Introduction to Heritage Management
- Global Issues in Heritage Management
- Research Methods
- Managing Cultural Heritage
- Placement (200 hours in total)

Plus one optional module to be selected from all period/depth study or methodological modules available in the History, Religious Studies and Archaeology programmes, as well as a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Learning and Teaching

Modules are delivered through workshops and seminars with presentations (poster and oral), reflexive learning strategies (such as blogs and diaries) and more formal essays. A placement module, based locally or abroad, allows students to gain practical training in the industry. Placements may involve work experience in a museum, gallery, historic property or archaeological unit/research project.


Traditional forms of written academic essay underpin most of the assessment, but there is an emphasis on producing industry-standard documentation (such as formal reports) and display material in a variety of media suitable for a range of different audiences. In addition, there is the use of oral and poster presentations which help the student gain confidence in presenting to a range of audiences. The dissertation is an extended piece of work based upon original research, and the student receives full support and guidance from a tutor in undertaking this project. The study skills module Research Methods helps develop the skills needed to undertake this major piece of self-directed research.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates often work in heritage, museums, galleries, education, outreach, libraries, archives, and archaeological units.

Visit the Cultural Heritage and Resource Management (MA/PgDip/PgCert) page on the University of Winchester website for more details!

Student Profiles

Entry Requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study. If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent.

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