Cultural Heritage and International Development (MA)
Cultural heritage is an increasingly important aspect of developing country economies and societies, because of its role in education at all levels, and in international tourism. As the Nobel prizewinning economist, Amartya Sen, has argued, well-being is not only about material welfare and social relations, it must also include cultural expression.
This innovative MA programme brings together the advanced postgraduate study of cultural heritage and international development to enable students to acquire the training and skills required in professional management of heritage in developing countries. This will allow you to work in professional arenas that bring together art, tourism, culture, development and museum management.
The degree programme is taught jointly between the presitigious School of World Art and Museology (ART) and the internationally renowned School of International Development(DEV). The MA is available both full-time and part-time. It is structured so as to explore the essentially interdisciplinary nature of cultural heritage and its management, with an emphasis on development studies, intangible heritage, and the global environment.
Under the supervision of the course director, teaching is undertaken by a unique constellation of highly qualified and experienced researchers, lecturers and active heritage professionals. Some of these work in the ART and DEV, and specially invited professionals from national and international heritage organisations also contribute.
This course is taught through a mixture of cultural heritage and international development modules: an introduction to cultural heritage, an introduction to international development and a module on the use of cultural heritage. For those students with a special interest in Japanese heritage, equivalent modules will be available taught by a Japanese specialist. Students also choose optional modules in international development and heritage management. The modules include field trips.
Students also gain heritage management experience by undertaking a two- to three-week work placement with an appropriate heritage organisation (arranged and funded by the student) and writing an 8,000-word management plan. The plan focuses on one heritage location, monument or group of objects, chosen by the student from those under the care of the placement host organisation and in consultation with that organisation and the course organisers. Finally, students prepare an independently researched dissertation of 12,000 words, which allows students to work intensively on a topic of their choice.
The School has a long-standing international reputation for excellence; ranked 1st in the UK for world-leading research in the latest Research Assessment Exercise, we are one of the most important and highly-rated History of Art departments in the UK.