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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

MA ICMH 2014/2015 Student Group

V4K107 International Cultural Heritage Management MA

Degree MA
Year of Entry 2016
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 1 year (full-time) or 2 years (part-time)
Location Durham City
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Telephone +44 (0)191 334 1100


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.

Course modules

  • Cultural Heritage, Communities and Identities: This module will explore the conceptual, intellectual and philosophical frameworks for tangible and intangible cultural heritages. Students 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. Students 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.

Subjects required, level and graded

Normally require an Honours Degree, usually at the 2:1 level or higher.

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.

English Language requirements

Please check requirements for your subject and level of study

Requirements and Admissions

Information relevant to your country


Fees shown are for one year. Total fee will depend on the length of your programme. All fees are subject to annual increases. For more information please visit the Tuition Fees page

EU student fees


Home student fees


Islands student fees


International non-EU student fees


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Scholarships and funding

Arwa Badran on an educational project was initiated, managed and funded by UNESCO-Amman. All the details here. For a report on the project published by the Jordan Times check out this link.
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
3. OSAKA, Japan
Yumiko Nakanishi, Durham graduate; working for Osaka Prefectural Government. For more details check this link.
Mihir Vatsa, Founder, Tales of Hazaribagh which can be found here.
5. LUMBINI, Nepal
This link presents Professor Robin Coningham on reinvestigations of the birthplace and childhood home of the Buddha at Lumbini in Nepal. The final report "Strengthening conservation and management of Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha, World Heritage property" can be found here.
Ajay Reddy talks about GoUNESCO, an UNESCO supported initiative which he set up in India which makes discovering heritage fun.  Follow this link and this link for further details.

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 working in Facilities and Risk Management 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. 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.

Paul Sams
"I feel that this course has quickly taught me to think of Cultural Heritage in a more rounded way, which I feel is preparing me for a career managing whatever cultural heritage asset I am lucky enough to get a job protecting and sharing. Also the contact with some of the best people from their respective fields of expertise has been invaluable and taught me more than possibly books alone could. I feel this MA will set me off on a career I can be proud of. 
Paul Sams, UK (p/t) MA ICHM student 2013-15

Jamie Davies
"Based at Durham WHS, the ICHM Masters has exceeded expectations. Through and intimate and friendly learning environment within an inspiring setting, the course has provided a firm grounding in World Heritage management. 
Through an innovative educational approach comprising of guest lecturers, Skype presentations and group learning the course has succeeded in its aim of developing international awareness and network development. 
The flexible nature of the course placement provided a unique opportunity for active engagement, personal development and a direct contribution within the cultural heritage sector. 
The knowledge, network and confidence provided by the course will hopefully provide the foundations needed for a career within the sector." 
Jamie Davis, Wales MA ICHM student 2013-14

Jessica van Millingen
"I really enjoyed the way this program not only introduced a wide range of concepts in cultural heritage but, through guest lectures, webinars and work placements, provided the unique opportunity to combine this conceptual knowledge with its real-world applications at heritage sites around the world"
Jessica van Millingen, Canada, MA ICHM student 2013-14.