MA International Cultural Heritage Management
If you are passionate about the ways in which cultural heritage shapes and reflects people's lives, hopes, and memories around the world, then our new MA in International Cultural Heritage Management (MA ICHM) is the perfect choice for you. With this programme we will support you as part of the next generation of leaders in the field, equipping you with the skills to contribute to the complex challenges of developing cultural heritage in an increasingly globalised and changeable world. We have designed this degree to build upon our unique situation, living and working within a World Heritage Site - you will explore the concepts underlying the idea of cultural heritage and investigate the social, political, and economic impact of a variety of local, national, and international heritage organisations.
All students offered places on this will be considered for bursaries from a fund dedicated to supporting this programme
V4K107 International Cultural Heritage Management MA Postgraduate Taught 2019
There are two routes through the MA:
- The Cultural Heritage Research route which concludes with a dissertation.
- The Professional Practice Route which concludes with an analytical case study report.
- Cultural Heritage, Communities and Identities: This module will explore the conceptual, intellectual and philosophical frameworks for tangible and intangible cultural heritages. You will explore the social roles of cultural heritage in relation to community, identity and memory and examine the political, legal and economic context in which heritage institutions exist. Heritage will be debated in the context of conservation, tourism and sustainability.
- Managing Cultural Heritage in Context (double unit running through two terms): This module will draw on case studies and seminars from international heritage organisations including World Heritage Sites. You will participate in student-led seminars in which each student will develop a case study including consideration of education and outreach in cultural heritage. It includes management of cultural heritage including strategic planning, financial management, people, collection and site management and disaster preparedness. A project-based placement (or equivalent) provides a professional practice element.
- Dissertation or Analytical Case Study Report: The programme concludes with a choice of modules. Students wanting to work in the profession may choose to prepare detailed and fully justified analytical case study report in a country or site of their choice. Students wishing to continue to explore theoretical issues in this complex subject or plan to pursue a career in other contexts, including taking a higher level degree, may choose the Dissertation module.
To find out more about the modules available to students studying at Durham University please click here.
Please note: Current modules are indicative. Information for future academic years may change, for example, due to developments in the relevant academic field, or in light of student feedback.
Subject requirements, level and grade
Normally require an Honours Degree, usually at the 2:1 level or higher or an international equivalent, such as a GPA of 3.3 or above.
The course is taught assuming no prior knowledge, but an ability to demonstrate previous interest or experience of cultural heritage would be an advantage. Students should be willing to prepare a cultural heritage case study to bring with them.
Two satisfactory references are required
There is no specific deadline for applications although applications for any given academic year must be received before the start of that academic year (i.e. applications for the 2019-20 academic year must be received before October 2019).
Tuition fee deposit:
All self-financing overseas students are required to pay a £1000 tuition fee deposit if an offer from the Department of Archaeology is accepted. The tuition fee deposit is paid before the University issues a Confirmation of Acceptance to Study (CAS) number, which is required in order to apply for a visa.
£500 deposit is also payable by Home/EU applicants if an offer of a place from the Department of Archaeology is accepted.
English Language requirements
Please check requirements for your subject and level of study.
How to apply
Fees and Funding
Fees and Funding
Full Time Fees
|EU Student||£8,500.00 per year|
|Home Student||£8,500.00 per year|
|Island Student||£8,500.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£18,300.00 per year|
Part Time Fees
|EU Student||£4,700.00 per year|
|Home Student||£4,700.00 per year|
|International non-EU Student||£10,100.00 per year|
Note: Fees are subject to review and change in-line with inflation.
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Scholarships and funding
Amed Sham, post-doctoral student, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham on his United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ‘UNESCO’. 2008. The Saint Catherine Area (Egypt) No. 954. Paris. All the details can be found here.
Members of the MA 2013/14 Student group presenting the results from their placements:
Placements and teaching offer our students a wide range of opportunities that allow them to pursue careers in many areas of the labour market. For example, Jamie Davies has an AHRC CDA Heritage Studentship at University of Birmingham (see blog), Alison Tweddle is taking up the post of Community Outreach Officer at Auckland Castle, Lauren Cripps is now Visitor Services Assistant, National Trust, Gibside, Anne Richards is Risk Management Associate at the Minnesota Historical Society and Adam Cook is now Visitor Services Assistant at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh. Jamie Tynan is a Social Media Assistant at Landmark Trust. Erika Brown is an AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council. Kenna Hogan is working as Site Educator & Assistant Site Manager and Curator Buffalo Gap Historic Village, Texas. Feichi Gao is now assistant editor for the Chinese edition of Orientation - an Asian art history magazine. A small group of MA students won two awards (Best Understanding of Significance and Best Overall Conservation Management Plan) in the final Heritage Skills Awards (see video).
I am most impressed by the various learning strategies and their direct connection to the field-based work and the cultural heritage sites. This curriculum builds knowledge in well-targeted subject areas while also ensuring that students develop necessary skills in management, teamwork, advocacy, new technologies, and written/oral communication.Prof. D. Hess Norris - Vice Provost for Graduate and Professional Education, Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation. Professor Hess Norris serves on the UNESCO National Commission to the United States Executive Committee and on the UNESCO National Committee as a Representative of Heritage.