12 months
18525 USD/year
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The M.A. in Heritage Studies at The University of the West Indies continues to create marketable graduates in the field, deepening and diversifying students' knowledge base in this area. Emphasis is placed on innovative types of experiential learning and management aspects of the industry.


Heritage Studies at The University of the West Indies aims to create heritage specialists who can develop and manage the cultural and heritage resources of Barbados and the wider Caribbean, while working within global standards for the heritage industry. Graduates of the programme will be able to immediately apply their skills across all sectors of the heritage industry including tourism, museums, archives, government and academia.


Skills of the Historian include: research, critical thinking, problem solving, oral and written communication. Careers can be found in areas such as: 

  • Museums, libraries and heritage sites: Cultural and heritage manager,Archivist, Museum education officer, Archaeologist, Curator, Tour guide, Historic preservation specialist, Librarian
  • Business and Commerce: Corporate historian, Social media manager, Content editor, HR manager, Public relations officer, Marketing officer, Communications officer, Records manager, Office manager, Administrative assistant, Event planner, Supply chain manager
  • Researcher: Genealogical research, Research assistant, Research analyst, Media researcher
  • Writer: Author, Editor, Script writer, Documentary producer, Public advocate, Contract historian, Journalist
  • Politics and Government: Political campaign manager, Records manager, Diplomat, Public affairs specialist, Policy advisor, Intelligence officer, Teacher, Cultural resource manager

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Caribbean History Heritage 
  • Cultural Resource Management for Heritage Sites
  • Principles and Practices Of Archives 
  • Landscape History of the Eastern Caribbean
  • Museum Development, Management and Curatorship 
  • Oral History: Sources and Methods
  • Audio-visual in History 
  • Reading Material Culture

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines


42 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • The minimum requirement for admission is normally a Lower Second Class Honours degree or higher. Applicants should have obtained a B average in at least four history courses at Level II/ III at the Undergraduate level.
  • Application Processing Fee (BDS $30 for applicants from  contributing countries OR US $30 for applicants from a non-contributing countries)
  • Birth Certificate (certified or notarized copy)
  • Curriculum Vitae (2 copies)
  • Two (2) Referee reports (PDF)
  • Professional Certificates/Diplomas
  • Marriage Certificate (where applicable) (certified or notarised copy)
  • Legal Affidavit or deed poll if your present name is different from that on the Birth Certificate (certified or notarised copy)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18525 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18525 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • International students Part-Time: 9525 USD
  • UGC-Funding for national students: 6,000.00 BDS and 3,000.00 BDS for part time option per year

Living costs for Bridgetown

1960 - 2590 BBD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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