Bath Spa University

MA Heritage Management


Sion HIll Campus

Sion Hill Place

Bath, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) Heritage Management Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) Heritage Management, Master of Arts (MA) Heritage Management

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The ways in which we understand and manager 'heritage' are changing rapidly, while the physical remains of our past - buildings, landscapes, city streets, archives, artefacts and archaeological sites - and the intangible associations of tradition, language and memory continue to shape the ways in which we live our lives. This course poses challenging questions about our thinking and practice, and offers students the opportunity to explore this through a series of practical projects, working in partnership with a wide range of heritage organisations across Bath, the region, and beyond. We will help you set heritage in its social, political and economic context, and support you in a series of placements so that you can see how this plays out on the ground, for real. The hare with amber eyes - a tiny Japanese netsuke - is part of de Waal's personal inheritance, knotted into the threads of family and world history, but the questions he asks of it belong to us all. We are moved by the evidence of the past because of what it is, whether a torn family photograph or the soaring arches of a great cathedral; the pages of a letter or the sweep of a battlefield. We are moved by the stories contained in such fragments, and by the events they witnessed. This course asks the same questions of historic buildings, museum collections, parks and gardens, archaeological sites, public and private archives. It also asks questions about the ways in which these resources are managed, presented and explained, and explores these through a series of encounters with heritage practitioners and heritage places. What challenges are heritage bodies currently facing? What choices do they make in dealing with them? How will pressures on public funding for heritage in the UK - and further afield - shape our experience of visiting and working in museums and heritage sites in the future? An how will our wider understanding of heritage change as a result? Trying to answer such questions provides a framework for practical work in the sector, underpinned by hands-on, supportive teaching. As well as thinking about heritage, we want you to become involved in a range of projects, working with our partners in local, regional and national heritage organisations, and to gain experience on the ground.


You will be assessed through a mix of project work, formal essays, reports and a final Dissertation or Project. Your final project might include producing a film, developing a website, or preparing learning materials for a range of different audiences. Alternatively, a more traditional Dissertation might lead you to further research and a PhD

International Student Requirements:

If English is not your first language, then you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. The normal minimum requirement for admission onto one of the programmes is an overall score of 6.5 on the British Council IELTS test or 600 on the TOEFL test. The British Council organises regular language tests in most countries.
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