World Heritage Management and Conservation, M.Sc. | University College Dublin | Dublin, Ireland
12 months
21520 EUR/year
8430 EUR/year
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The UCD Masters Programme in World Heritage Management and Conservation at University College Dublin has been conceptualized to address the skills and knowledge required to help heritage managers in solving heritage conservation and management problems, enabling them to directly contribute to the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

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Programme Outcomes

  • Define heritage and explain the concepts associated with its management and conservation, including sustainability, authorized heritage discourse, heritagization, conceptualisations of community and indigeneity amongst others.
  • Demonstrate the benefits of viewing cultural and natural heritages holistically.
  • Describe the difference between heritage interpretation and communication and devise an effective communication plan for a heritage site drawing on different mechanisms for dissemination.
  • Critically assess the implementation of the policy and legislation associated with heritage management and conservation nationally and internationally.
  • Use a risk management methodology to Identify and evaluate solutions for key threats to heritage affecting its sustainability including climate change, tourism, development and exploitation, conflict and looting.
  • Discuss the challenges faced by heritage managers around project management, heritage economics, marketing and human resources.
  • Develop and apply practical skills to create and implement an appropriate management plan for heritage sites, including stakeholder identification, collection, collation and integration of conflicting heritage values, devising effective boundaries and buffer zones and strategies for monitoring.
  • Formulate research questions and design and undertake research to address them using appropriate data collection. Locate, synthesise and critically review scientific information and data to produce an original professional document that communicates findings and ideas clearly and effectively.


  • Graduates of this World Heritage Management and Conservation programme at University College Dublin  are building successful careers in the inter-disciplinary field of heritage protection, management and research in Australia, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Uganda and the USA.
  • Employers include international organisations, national authorities and in the private sector. Graduates have secured positions in World Heritage properties, National Parks and Museums, in senior government positions and positions in education. Examples of roles graduates have obtained and sectors they work in include world heritage and protected area manager, heritage officer and education officer, positions in government, natural resources manager, consultancy firms and research and international conservation agencies.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communicating Heritage
  • Research Project Skills
  • Cultural Heritage
  • World Heritage Conservation
  • Heritage Marketing & Management
  • Conflict Resolution & Conservation
  • Global Biodiversity and Heritage
  • MSc Dissertation
  • Managing landscape heritage
  • Irish Archaeolog. Landscapes
  • World Heritage and Sustainable Development
  • Conservation Biology
  • Climate Change & the Environment
  • Remote Sensing
  • Historic Urban Landscapes
  • Creative Thinking & Innovation

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

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  • Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree or the international equivalent. However, in special circumstances, relevant work experience may be taken into account.
  • Applicants with diverse academic backgrounds including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics will be considered.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21520 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21520 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    8430 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8430 EUR per year during 12 months.

 Part Time

  • EU fee per year - €4220
  • Non-EU fee per year - €10760

Living costs for Dublin

1100 - 1800 EUR /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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