Newcastle University

School of Arts and Cultures

Heritage Education and Interpretation


School of Psychology

Percy Building

Newcastle Upon Tyne, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA, Diploma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

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.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

International Student Requirements:

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5 with 6.0 in writing, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based) or 577 (paper-based), or equivalent. INTO Newcastle University can provide extra tuition to help you meet our English language requirements.
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