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Department of Archaeology

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


Find out more about entry requirements, mode of study, duration of the course, and tuition fees here. (Note: this link will direct you to the University's central course tool. Use the link provided to return to the Department of Archaeology homepage.)

Find out more about funding your programme here

How will I be taught?

On this programme you will be taught via a series of lectures, seminar, and webinars with international academics and professionals. You will be asked to identify a case study based on a heritage site near you to contribute to debate and inform the development of your research and professional skills. You will be assessed using a variety of methods including essays, scenario planning, and case study analyis. Also, you will keep a reflective practice log throughout the MA, which will enable you to deepen your learning and research and provide a link to professional practice, supported by the placement we shall arrange for you.

You have the choice of two routes: the Professional Practice Route and the Cultural Heritage Research Route. Both routes enable you to develop expertise in understanding both conceptual and management issues in the sector, but the choice gives you the opportunity to apply this knowledge in different ways in the two distinct final assignments.

Should you choose the Professional Practice Route you will undertake an extended analytical case study report on a cultural heritage site or organisation, including management and financial issues.

If you pick the Cultural Heritage Research Route you will undertake a dissertation, requiring in-depth research into a conceptual issue.

What will I be studying?

All of the module choices we can offer you are focused on the specialist subject in hand: the significance of international cultural heritage and how it can be managed in a changing and complex world. This is a distinct programme, rather than one strand of a general Heritage Studies degree, so the core modules are dedicated to this specific student cohort. However, as part of the international focus of the programme, you are offered the opportunity to learn a language as part of your degree or, alternatively, you have the option of an elective module from a number of others, including the newly developed Ethics of Cultural Heritage, to be taught by Dr Andreas Pantazatos in the Department of Philosophy.

Who will teach me?

Dr Mary Brooks is the director of this new programme. She has previously worked as a conservator and curator in the USA and Europe. Her research focuses on how society engages with 'material things' and how these are, or have been, collected, interpreted, and represented in museums. Mary is particularly interested in how conservation approaches operate as means for engaging with ideas of identity and belonging, as well as ideas about absence, presence, collective memory and cultural material. Recent publications include 'Seeing the sacred: conflicting priorities in defining, interpreting and conserving Western sacred artefacts', Material Religion, 8(1), 10-29 and 'Sharing conservation ethics, practice and decision-making with museum visitors.' in J. Marstine, ed. Routledge Companion to Museum Ethics: Redefining Ethics for the Twenty-First Century Museum. London: Routledge, 332-349.

Other tutors will include: Dr Robin Skeates and Seif El Rashidi, the Durham World Heritage Site Coordinator.


We offer our students the opportunity to take part in a placement at one of a variety of relevant host organisations, as part of their study with us. 
For further information about the organisations currently hosting our students' on their placements, please click on the links below.

Auckland Castle
Durham World Heritage Site
English Heritage
Flodden 1513 Eco-Museum
Purcell Heritage Consultants, architects & Surveyors
University College Durham ‘Castle’

What is my next step?

For further information about the MA in International Cultural Heritage Management, please visit How to Apply.

All Home/EU applicants offered a place on the MA in International Cultural Heritage Management course will be asked to pay a £500 deposit by 1 April 2014. For offers made by the Department after 1 April 2014, each applicant will have 4 weeks to pay the £500 deposit from the official offer letter. This £500 deposit will be deducted from the first instalment of fees after starting the course in September 2014. Please note, that this £500 deposit will only be refunded in the event of the applicant not meeting their conditions set out in the official offer letter.

All Overseas applicants offered a place on the MA in International Cultural Heritage Management course will be asked to pay a £1000 deposit no later than 6 weeks following any official offer emailed letter. Please note, that this £1000 deposit will only be refunded in the event of the applicant failing to meet their conditions set out in the official offer letter or refusal of a visa for entry to the UK. Please ensure that you read this information concerning the deposit.

This £1000 deposit will be deducted from the first instalment of fees after starting the course in September 2014.

“ 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.

Jamie Davies

"I think it is shaping up to be a brilliantly dynamic course, which with its interactive, holistic and experience based approach, will enable students to graduate with a sound and comprehensive knowledge and a wider network to confidently enter the Heritage Sector."

Jamie Davies - 3rd Year BA Archaeology Student, 2013.

Anouk Lafortune-Bernard

"I don’t think there are many Master’s courses in Cultural Management that offer [a languages option] and this would certainly attract students who want to work for an international organisation, where you often need at least two languages. I really like the international approach of the degree; I think it makes [this programme] stand out compared to other MAs in Cultural Heritage Studies/Management."

Anouk Lafortune-Bernard - 3rd Year BA Archaeology Student, 2013.