12 months
18700 GBP/year
8440 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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This Cultural Heritage Management course from University of York offers essential training for professional roles throughout the sector. You'll learn to understand all aspects of heritage management theory and practice, gain practical experience with heritage sector professionals, and develop knowledge and skills essential for today’s heritage sector careers.

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Equip yourself to work in the cultural heritage sector which offers a wide range of exciting opportunities in museums, local authorities, heritage agencies, organisations and consultancies.

Through a combination of academic studies, practical training and research projects, you'll receive a thorough grounding in all aspects of heritage management theory and practice. 

You will address key issues such as:

  • Why does the past matter and to whom?
  • Who decides what constitutes heritage and what should be done with it?
  • How should we present the past to the public?
  • The course focuses on providing you with highly valued and transferable practical skills, knowledge and experience.

This is a general course, exploring the multi-disciplinary nature of the heritage environment. It is therefore suitable not just for students of Archaeology or History, but for anyone who wishes to pursue a career in the heritage sector. Recent students have included those with backgrounds in History, English, History of Art, Politics and Environmental Sciences.

Careers and skills

The Cultural Heritage Management course from University of York  has a clear focus on employability to ensure that you leave equipped with the best skills to help you get a job. Graduates have gone on to careers in archaeology and heritage-related organisations across the UK and abroad. Others have gone on to take PhDs at York, Stanford (USA) and other universities. You'll also develop transferable skills that are applicable to a multitude of careers beyond archaeology and heritage.

Career opportunities

Graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as:

  • English Heritage
  • The National Trust
  • York Archaeological Trust
  • The Council for British Archaeology
  • Highland Council
  • Yorkshire Museums Trust
  • Heritage consultancies
  • The Science Museum Group
  • The Royal Mint Museum
  • Heritage Malta
  • New South Wales Government

Others have used the skills gained to pursue careers in other sectors, including:

  • Local government and development
  • Chartered surveying
  • Computing and IT services
  • Business and administration
  • Marketing and public relations
  • Education
  • Civil service, law and police authorities
  • Accountancy and financial services

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Heritage Management: Concepts, Principles and Practice
  • Cultural Heritage Management: Museums, Audiences and Interpretation 
  • Analysing Historic Buildings 
  • Public History I: Meaning and Values 
  • Community Activism 
  • Heritage Film-making

Key information


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

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications can be submitted year-round, but we recommend you apply as early as possible as entry to many courses is competitive.


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

Undergraduate degree

  • 2:1 or equivalent in a Archaeology or a related subject such as History, History of Art, English, Geography, Anthropology, Politics and Environmental Sciences. If you are uncertain whether your first degree is appropriate, please contact the Course Director for more information.

Other qualifications and experience

  • Mature students or those with less conventional qualifications but with relevant professional experience in this field will be considered. An interview may be required.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    18700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18700 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    8440 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 8440 GBP per year during 12 months.

Part-time (2 years)

  • UK: £4,220
  • International/EU: £9,350

Part-time (3 years)

  • UK: £2,813
  • International/EU: £6,233

Living costs for York

646 - 1124 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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