MA Cultural Heritage Management


Cultural heritage management is about how we remember, value, conserve and represent the past.

This innovative course combines the strengths of the Department of Archaeology and Management School to provide training in heritage interpretation and conservation, as well as marketing and site management. As such, the course is suitable for those with a background in history or archaeology who wish to apply their knowledge in a management context, and for those with an interest in management who wish to apply their skills in the distinctive field of cultural heritage.

Links with the heritage industry will form an integral feature of your studies, and you can expect to apply the principles you learn to real world situations during the course. Students have worked collaboratively with organisations such as English Heritage, the National Trust and many regional museums, with many then drawing on their experience to find jobs in the heritage sector in the UK and overseas.

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Thornton Abbey gatehouse

Roman site Dougga in Tunisia

Duration One year full-time.
Semesters The taught component of the programme will commence late September and continue over two semesters (Autumn/Spring). Semester dates This is followed by independent research, undertaken over summer in consultation with an academic supervisor.
Qualification This programme is offered as a MA (180 credits), Diploma (120 credits) or a Certificate (60 credits).
Assessment Typical forms of assessment include essays, presentations and completion of a research-led dissertation.*

Information relates to 2019-20 academic year: The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Core Modules:

These compulsory modules will provide you with the key knowledge and understanding for research or a profession in cultural heritage management.

The Department of Archaeology

The Management School

  • Introduction to the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Managing Museums and Cultural Heritage Sites

*While the majority of dissertation projects do not involve any additional cost to the student, you may incur some expenses if you choose a topic that is not resourced by the department. You will be expected to cover the cost of printing and binding two copies of your dissertation/placement report.

You will choose modules worth a total of 60 credits from the following

For further information on the modules provided by the Management School please see

Full programme specifications are also available.


Paul HalsteadProf Paul Halstead (Programme Director)

Paul’s research has focussed chronologically and geographically on the later prehistory (Neolithic and Bronze Age) of Greece, thematically on the relationship between farming economies and social change, and methodologically on the contributions of zooarchaeology and ethnoarchaeology to the study of past animal and crop husbandry. He has participated in archaeological fieldwork projects in Greece, Cyprus, Israel, Bulgaria and Britain and in ethnoarchaeological projects in Greece, France and Spain.

Colin MerronyMr Colin Merrony

Colin’s research interests include the economy and landscape impact of Medieval Premonstratensian Abbeys in Britain. Landscape change in southern Yorkshire and the North-east Midlands. The development and application of field techniques for investigating historic landscapes. The use of archaeology as a mechanism for basic skills education and for enhancing social cohesion. The geochemistry of New Zealand greenstone.

Management School

CarnegieDr Elizabeth Carnegie (Management School)

Elizabeth’s work interrogates the role of museums and World Heritage Sites in representing and reflecting cultures and communities. Key projects consider representations of the Near East within nationally funded galleries and museums with Dr. Derek Bryce, University of Strathclyde, and a study of Durham World Heritage Site with Dr Simon Woodward, Centre for Sustainable Tourism, Leeds Metropolitan University. She is additionally involved in a project at WHS Goreme, Cappadocia with Associate Professor Hazel Tucker, University of Otago, New Zealand. She retains an interest in audience/visitor studies.

HerreroDr Marta Herrero (Management School)

Marta’s research has been published in leading journals, including Cultural Sociology, International Sociology, Journal of Cultural Economy, and European Societies. She is also on the international advisory board of Cultural Sociology. Her primary research interest is in the economic foundations of the arts and culture sectors.

o'reillyDr Daragh O'Reilly (Management School)

Daragh’s primary interest is in the relationships between markets, consumption and culture. This translates into ongoing work in the areas of arts marketing and consumption, the creative imagination, popular music and cultural branding. His PhD was an interdisciplinary study of music marketing and consumption. Methodologically, his approach is broadly interpretive/critical, making use of interviews, participant observation, photography, video and textual data. He is research-active particularly in the area of arts marketing.


Academic Requirements:

A minimum of a 2:1 honours degree (GPA 3.0) in an arts, humanities or science subject is usually required. Your interest in and knowledge of archaeological matters are more important than the specific discipline of your undergraduate degree. EU and international student entry requirements can be found using the link below:

English Language Requirements:

For applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS is the preferred test of language. You need an IELTS score of 6.5, with at least 6.0 in all the component tests. Further information can be obtained from the following link:


Funding options, instalment plans and tuition fee information are located at:

There may be additional costs associated with any laboratory work you may undertake such as purchase of laboratory coats, dissection kit (Human Anatomy). For field work you would be required to ensure you have appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear, as well as first aid and emergency equipment. You will also need to purchase books, stationery, IT accessories, etc.

How to Apply:

Applications forms are completed on-line at the following link:

Applying to start in over 12 months time?

Please feel free to submit your application via our online system, however please note that we will not be able to process your application for this course until 12 months before your proposed start date.

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We are truly international in our scope and ethos. Our students come to us from countries all over Europe, Asia and America. Their vibrancy, pursuit of knowledge and divergent experience informs our debates and provokes lively discussion. We encourage applicants to visit the following webpages aimed specifically at our EU and international students.

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