12 months
19740 GBP/year
9200 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The interdisciplinary MA Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of Essex offers specialist, practically-grounded and academic training exploring these questions and more. 

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Our intensive degree emphasises the real-world relevance of debates surrounding cultural patrimony, and the ways in which it is presented and consumed.

The MA is made up of core and optional modules, where you will develop knowledge of the field and practical skills, all while pursing your own specialist interests in the field of heritage.

You will study topics including:

  • Heritage and human rights
  • Digital heritage and advanced digital literacy skills
  • Sustainability and ecological heritage
  • Curatorial practice and practical curatorial skills
  • Hands-on heritage skills and experience
  • Public engagement
  • Museum experience

Your future

On completing the MA in Heritage and Museum Studies at the University of Essex  you will be well prepared to either undertake further postgraduate study in heritage, or to enter the workplace in the heritage industry, museums and related fields.

Graduates from our programmes are ideally prepared for roles in museums and galleries, in education (in schools, universities, and cultural institutions), as conservators and specialist art lawyers (with additional training and qualifications), as auctioneers, dealers and antiques specialists, the digital and creative media industries, in charities, in publishing, as PR agents, in fashion, or to run their own galleries.

Our recent graduates have gone on to work for a wide range of high-profile companies, including:

  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Sotheby's New York
  • Momart Ltd
  • John Lewis

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Interdisciplinary MA Dissertation
  • Heritage and Human Rights
  • Digital Heritage
  • Collecting Art From Latin America
  • Critique and Curating
  • Museum Activism: Art, Politics, Cultural Work and Policy

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A 2.2 Degree or equivalent in any discipline. Your Degree must contain at least three modules relating to visual culture.
  • Visual Culture modules include, but are not limited to: Aesthetics, Archaeology, Architecture, Art History, Curatorial/Museum Studies, Design Studies, Digital Imaging, Fashion, Fine Art, Film Studies, Film and Literature, Graphic Design, Advertising, Landscape Design, History, Media Studies, Photography.
  • if you do not hold a degree which includes relevant modules, then we can still consider you. You should be able to show that you have relevant professional experience. If you do not have a relevant degree or relevant experience, then we may ask you to provide a sample of written work which demonstrates your interest in this field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19740 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19740 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    9200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9200 GBP per year during 12 months.


  • Home/UK fee: £9,200
  • International fee: £19,740

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /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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