School of Arts and Cultures
Heritage Education and Interpretation
School of Psychology
Newcastle Upon Tyne, England
This programme aims to provide an understanding of the theoretical and practical basis of heritage education and interpretation at a local, national and international level. It offers a fast-track route to a professional qualification and is amongst the most successful heritage education and interpretation programmes in the UK. The programme focuses on the relationship between heritage education and interpretation on the one hand, and tourism, the media and general heritage management on the other. (See also the work-based MHPrac.) You take three compulsory modules (60 credits) which cover: issues and ideas; management; communication and interpretation. This is followed by more specialised modules (40 credits) in: heritage, museum and gallery education; heritage and the media; heritage and tourism. A tailored eight-week work placement (20 credits) at a heritage site or in a heritage organisation completes the taught part of the programme. You also undertake a piece of individual research as a 15–18,000-word dissertation (60 credits). If you do not complete a dissertation you may be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma. Teaching emphasises a practical approach, dealing with real objects, sites and situations. Each module is taught intensively during a one-week period to ease access for part-time students and heritage professionals.