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MA Cultural Heritage Studies (1 year)

The MA Cultural Heritage Studies is a broad pathways-based programme designed to cover the many facets of cultural heritage, while offering a personalized and flexible programme tailored to your needs. It aims to give you the key theoretical and practical skills suited to working in the cultural heritage sector or to go on to a research degree.

The heritage industry is a major and growing contributor to the global economy, employing increasing numbers of graduates and postgraduates in a wide variety of heritage related fields. This programme is a pathways-based MA, aimed to cover the many facets of cultural heritage from the tangible built environment and archaeological record to the intangible heritage of art, film and literature, and includes both terrestrial and maritime heritage.  There is a strong emphasis on the development of skills and specialisms in Heritage and Museums, Heritage and Public History, and Heritage and The Arts. You may choose to focus on one of these areas, or alternatively you may prefer to acquire a broad range of skills across these specialisms. The course will cover the theoretical frameworks and practical considerations of tangible and intangible heritage from global to local perspectives with opportunities to acquire practical knowledge of the sector through field trips, engagement with practitioners and the opportunity to apply for a placement with one of our heritage partners.

View the programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

To Apply

To apply for a postgraduate course please visit the How to Apply page or click on the apply button below.

Application process and required supporting documents

  • University online application including a personal statement
  • Transcript
  • 2 references
  • English language (if relevant)

If you have a question or would like further information, contact our admissions team:
Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 8062
Email: pgafh@southampton.ac.uk

The University will at all times seek to operate admissions regulations that are fair and are in accordance with the law of the United Kingdom, and the University's Charter, Statutes, Ordinances and Regulations.

This includes specific compliance with legislation relating to discrimination (e.g. Equality Act 2010) and the University's Equal Opportunities Policy Statement. This includes a commitment that the University will:

  • actively assist groups that experience disadvantage in education and employment to benefit from belonging to the University
  • actively seek to widen participation to enable students who do not traditionally participate in Higher Education to do so;
  • ensure that admission procedures select students fairly and appropriately according to their academic ability and that the procedure is monitored and regularly reviewed.

Programme Structure

The programme content will vary depending on the specialism that you follow. Each specialism is consolidated by means of compulsory modules that offer firm foundations in your chosen area. This is complemented by diverse optional modules that allow you the flexibility to build a bespoke skill-set appropriate to your chosen career path.

  • The MA Cultural Heritage offers you a choice of modules from all specialisms, with no requirement to focus on a specific area. It covers the theoretical, legislative and ethical frameworks relating to terrestrial and maritime heritage; the key issues and debates; how heritage is managed and presented, and a wide range of optional modules for you to pursue your specific interests.
  • The specialism in Heritage and Museums also includes elements that will give you a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how museums communicate the past, drawing on our established links with local museum and heritage partners. Optional modules give you the opportunity for you to explore themes or specific skills in a wide variety of heritage contexts to suit your interests.
  • The specialism in Heritage and Public History also includes elements that give you a detailed understanding of how history is presented to non-academic audiences. Optional modules give you the opportunity to explore themes in History or other heritage related subjects. 
  • The specialism in Heritage and the Arts also includes elements that give you practical skills in communicating in a variety of genres across a variety of platforms used in the cultural and creative industries including publishing, broadcasting, heritage management, and arts curation. Optional modules give you the opportunity for you to explore themes in literary, cinema, and music heritage.

Important aspects of the programme are available across all specialisms. These include the core Global Heritage module, the Maritime Museums and Heritage Management module, and the Heritage Dissertation/Professional Project modules which should focus on an area of your specialism, if you have chosen one. Furthermore, modules from each pathway are open to you as options, regardless of your chosen specialism. By these means you will be able to build a personalised and flexible programme tailored to your needs.

Key Facts

Closing date: 1st September (an application decision cannot be guaranteed in time unless a complete application is received by this date - students requiring a visa to study should also allow extra time for visa processes).

Typical entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

Academic entry requirements: First or upper second class honours degree in any subject that has included assessed written academic work from a UK university in an appropriate subject or equivalent overseas/ professional qualification approved by the University in an appropriate subject.

English language entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with minimum of 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process

Selection will be on the basis of past (or predicted) academic performance, your personal statement and your academic or professional references.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

The key learning outcomes are covered by the core modules which vary by pathway. In addition, students can select from a wide range of optional modules to suit their personal interests and career aspirations.

Year 1

Optional

ARCH6421 Museums in the Modern World

HIST6082Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
TRAN6015Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL6145Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ARCH6128Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6413Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6412Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ARCH6414Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL6139Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30

ENGL6133 Shakespeare and his World

ENGL6144Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL6138Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
30
ENGL6113Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
TRAN6012Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.

HERI6001 Masters dissertation/Professional Project

HERI6002 Global Cultural Heritage

ARCH6120Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Cultural Heritage StudiesMA2020Full time£9,250£18,812
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

This programme makes use of the full range of teaching and learning methods; from didactic lectures to student-led seminars, field trips and project work. Care has been taken to develop a syllabus that will speak to a variety of learning styles and account for the varied backgrounds that students on this programme may come from. We have explicitly sought to integrate traditional academic modes of delivery with those best suited to subjects interfacing with professional practice. Thus we have included seminars and group work as well as field trips to relevant heritage sites and institutions as part of the programme in addition to traditional lectures.

Your contact hours will vary depending on your module/option choices. Full information about contact hours is provided in individual module profiles.

Pathways

The pathways available are:

 

MA Cultural Heritage Studies (Heritage and Museums)

Core modules

HERI6001 Masters dissertation/Professional project

HERI6002 Global Cultural Heritage

ARCH6120 Maritime Museums and Heritage Management

ARCH6421 Museums in the Modern World

Optional modules

ARCH6128 Cultural heritage within Environmental Impact Assessment

ARCH6413 Professional Placement in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Sector (note limited places)

ARCH6417 Materials, Technology and Social Life

ARCH6411 The Analysis of Palaeolithic Stone Tool Assemblages

ARCH3044 GIS for Archaeology

ARCH6414 Maritime Aspects of Culture

HIST6082 Public History

ENGL6139 Jane Austen and the Heritage Industry

ENGL6145 Communicating the Cultural Industries

ARCH6123 Individually Negotiated topic

 

MA Cultural Heritage Studies (Heritage and Public History)

Core modules

HERI6001 Masters dissertation/Professional project

HERI6002 Global Cultural Heritage

ARCH6120 Maritime Museums and Heritage Management

HIST6082 Public History

Optional modules

ARCH6421 Museums in the Modern World

ARCH6413 Professional Placement in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Sector (note limited places)

ENGL6139 Jane Austen and the Heritage Industry

ENGL6145 Communicating the Cultural Industries

HIST6084 The Holocaust, Englishness and Americanness

HIST6097 Slavery in the Atlantic World

HUMA6017 Remaking Rome

HIST6114 The Medieval World: sources and approaches in pre-modern history

TRAN6009 Memory in National and Transnational Contexts

HIST6087 Individually Negotiated topic

 

MA Cultural Heritage Studies (Heritage and The Arts)

Core modules

HERI6001 Masters dissertation/Professional project

HERI6002 Global Cultural Heritage

ARCH6120 Maritime Museums and Heritage Management

ENGL6145 Communicating the Cultural Industries

Optional modules

ENGL6139 Jane Austen and the Heritage Industry

ENGL6133 Shakespeare and His World 

ENGL6144 Approaches to Critical and Creative Concepts

ENGL6142 Literary Industries and New Media

ENGL6138 Approaches to Jane Austen

ENGL6113 Jane Austen’s Style

TRAN6009 Memory in National and Transnational Contexts

TRAN6012 Cultural Flows

HUMA3014 Jane Austen’s Playlist 

ARCH6413 Professional Placement in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Sector (note limited places)

ARCH6421 Museums in the Modern World

HIST6082 Public History

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