University of Birmingham

International Heritage Management by Distance Learning, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
For more than 25 years, the MA in International Heritage Management by Distance Learning form the University of Birmingham has provided an advanced qualification in heritage management for the sector.

About

Grounded in a deep understanding of the theoretical approaches to heritage and their application, this established programme equips you with the skills needed for museums work, conservation and regeneration, the management of historic buildings and landscapes, and cultural tourism. Included within the degree is a study week that directly engages you with issues in the sector through study visits to leading museums and heritage attractions, and offers an opportunity to engage directly with your fellow students and staff.

We also offer two full-time, campus-based International Heritage Management MA programmes - one at the University of Birmingham, and a UK-US programme delivered at the University of Birmingham in the autumn and at the University of Illinois in the spring.

This International Heritage Management by Distance Learning programme from the University of Birmingham is managed by the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, run jointly by the University and the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, and draws on the experience of one of the largest independent museums in Britain.

You will study six core modules [full descriptions available below]:

  • Critical Approaches to Heritage
  • Heritage Conservation Management
  • Heritage Management Practice
  • Heritage Interpretation
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Assessed Study Week

All learning is supported by extensive online resources provided through the University Library and Learning Centre, and by tutors, fellow research students and lecturers who engage with students through a flexible and reliable virtual learning environment.  

Our wide network of contacts with the industry in the UK means that we can offer support for you to organise a placement during your course if you wish. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Approaches to Heritage
  • Heritage Conservation Management
  • Heritage Management Practice
  • Heritage Interpretation
  • Research Skills and Methods
  • Assessed Study Week

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
  • More information Go to the programme website

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English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class
Recommended score: Pass

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of Pass or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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You will need an Honours degree in a relevant subject, normally of an upper second-class standard, or equivalent. You do not have to have prior experience of the subject or of this mode of learning, but we would expect to see evidence of engagement with or enthusiasm about heritage in your personal statement.

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Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • Part-time: £4,500

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