MA Cultural Heritage Management

Department of Archaeology, Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Sheffield University Management School, Faculty of Social Sciences

We draw on the humanities and the sciences to explore our relationship with the world.

We're reinventing archaeology. New perspectives, new methods, new ways to help communities understand and celebrate their heritage. Thinking about the future is part of the discipline.

A masters with us is perfect preparation for a PhD and a research career. We also run courses with an optional vocational track, so you can train for specific jobs. Everyone gets the chance to take part in fieldwork - in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia and Africa.

The question we ask all our students is: "What kind of archaeologist do you want to be?"

Jobs include Historic Buildings Projects Officer, Commercial Field Archaeologist and Postdoctoral Researcher.

About the course

This course combines expertise from the Management School with specialist heritage provision from the Department of Archaeology.

It gives you vocational training for a career in the cultural and heritage industries across the world.

Core modules

  • Heritage, History and Identit
  • Heritage, Place and Community
  • Research Design: planning, execution and presentation
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Introduction to the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Critical Theories and Concepts in the Cultural and Creative Industries
  • Cultural Marketing
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites
  • Dissertation

Choose from a range including

  • Sponsorship, Philanthropology and State: Fundraising management
  • Managing Creative Brands


  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Projects


  • Coursework assignments
  • Dissertation

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Margaret James, postgraduate student of the Department of Archeology

I love the mix of both theoretical and practical teaching we get. We have seminars but we also get to handle the materials, which is fun and interesting.

Margaret James, postgraduate student in Department of Archaeology

Key facts

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2:1 in any subject plus English Language GCSE grade C or above.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

If you accept a place on one of our courses, you may be eligible to apply for WRoCAH and University of Sheffield studentships. If you're considering applying for funding, we recommend you contact us as soon as possible.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Specialist facilities

You'll have everything you need to explore your ideas. We have a complex of laboratories, imaging and GIS resources and storage facilities.

There are labs for research and teaching in environmental archaeology, human and animal skeletal analysis, landscape and aerial archaeology, and materials sciences.

World-leading expertise

Publications by our staff have become standard texts on their respective subjects. Our research is organised into six areas: Landscape Archaeology; Material Culture Studies; Medieval Archaeology; Funerary Archaeology; The Archaeology of the Mediterranean and Bioarchaeology.

There are several specialised research centres here: Sheffield Centre for Aegean Archaeology, Sheffield Centre for Archaeobotany and Ancient Land-Use, and Zooarchaeology Laboratory. Their projects, conferences and seminars all add to the quality of your course.

Your career

Any one of our courses will prepare you for a PhD and a research career. Some courses have an optional vocational track that trains you for specific types of jobs.

Sheffield graduates hold archaeological posts in Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia. They use their expertise in universities, museums, archaeological consultancies, heritage parks and government. Jobs include Historic Buildings Projects Officer, Commercial Field Archaeologist and Postdoctoral Researcher.

Global fieldwork

We offer the opportunity for you to get involved in our research projects in the UK, mainland Europe, Asia and Africa.

How we teach

Our students come from all around the world. The content of our courses reflects this. You can expect a balanced timetable of lectures, seminars and practicals. Fieldwork is an important part of all our courses.

Apply now

You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

Postgraduate Online Application Form

Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

T: +44 (0)114 222 2900