MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Learn the theory and practice of managing cultural heritage, including landscapes, historic houses, museums and archaeological sites. The course is specially tailored to respond to the local and international need for qualified, responsible and adaptable cultural heritage professionals, so you can be sure that your time with us will be a great investment in your ongoing career.

The course will also prepare you for more advanced research into the global and local problems and issues surrounding the management of cultural heritage, whilst also providing you with practical experience. You will graduate with the highly developed conceptual and analytical skills needed to succeed in this fascinating field.

Overview

This MA course combines the theory and practice of managing cultural heritage (including townscapes and landscapes, historic buildings, archaeological sites). The MA is tailored to respond to the local and international need for qualified, responsible and adaptable cultural heritage professionals with highly developed conceptual and analytical skills.  The course may also be taken as preparation for more advanced research into the global and local problems and issues surrounding the management of the cultural heritage.

The course 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. The taught components of the course include aspects of archaeology, architecture, art history, conservation, cultural resource management, heritage management, museum studies and other related fields such as development studies and environmental studies.

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. Specially invited professionals from regional, national and international heritage organisations also contribute.

Course structure

The taught part of the course includes the compulsory modules: ‘Critical Perspectives in Cultural Heritage’, ‘Interpretation and Participation’, ‘World Heritage’,and ‘At Close Quarters: The English Country House and its Collections’. 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. The work placement is to be arranged by the student, but our staff will be able to assist in finding an appropriate heritage organisation. Students on this course have worked in a great variety of heritage organisations. On the basis of their placement, students are expected to write 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.

Course Modules

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

CRITICAL PERSPECTIVES IN CULTURAL HERITAGE

While we are currently experiencing a 'heritage fever', resulting in frantic attempts to identify, classify, preserve, and interpret our cultural heritage, the question as to why we are so obsessed with heritage requires examination. While the preservation of cultural heritage perhaps seems primarily of an aesthetic nature, critical studies have revealed heritage conservation to be part of the making of nations and empires, hence intrinsic to processes of nationalism and colonialism. This module deconstructs some of these roles and functions of cultural heritage. Yet, in the current heritage revival we can discern other engagements with cultural heritage that may be understood as part of a politics of self-realisation. Heritage can thus contribute to overcome the legacies of slavery, colonialism and civic conflict, thus restoring dignity and providing recognition. Moreover, heritage can provide migrants with 'roots' and create a sense of place in a globalising world. This seminar examines how heritage is used in an attempt to use 'cultural as cure' and therefore looks at what can be called, for want of a better term, 'heritage healing.

AMAA7009A

20

CULTURAL HERITAGE PLACEMENT

THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS TAKING 'CULTURAL HERITAGE AND MUSEUM STUDIES' AND 'CULTURAL HERITAGE AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT' This module provides students with practical heritage management experience, consisting of a two to three week work placement with an appropriate heritage organisation (organised and funded by the student). Assessment consists of a substantial management plan (or project report, subject in consultation with the Course Director), which gives students the experience of analyzing their host institution and producing a professional-standard report. Students will be required to complete their placement successfully to gain credit for this module.

AMAA7010B

40

INTERPRETATION AND PARTICIPATION IN MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE

Museums and cultural heritage institutions share a common set of practices in relation to their public presentation. This module focuses on the role of interpretation in cultural institutions, and vice versa. We will consider how museums and heritage sites engage with their audiences, and who these audiences are. Access, understood in its broadest sense, involves all facets of work in the cultural sector, but presents unique issues as well, which we examine in relation to vocational skills as well as topical research and debates

AMAA7011B

20

Students must study the following modules for 100 credits:

Name Code Credits

AT CLOSE QUARTERS: THE ENGLISH COUNTRY HOUSE AND ITS COLLECTIONS

This module introduces students to major issues in the architectural, social and cultural history of the English country house, as well as its interpretation and display. It is taught through weekly seminar classes in the School of Art History and World Art Studies, with visits to London and country houses in Norfolk. Topics addressed will include the design, construction and costs of country houses, as well as their spatial and social character; the historic interior and its interpretation; the significance of the villa; the landscape garden; the city, the country house and early modern sociability, and the presentation and display of the country house as a visitor attraction.

AMAA7008B

20

CULTURAL HERITAGE AND MUSEUM STUDIES: DISSERTATION

A dissertation on a topic relevant to the practice and theory of your degree programme. Students choose their own topics, subject to the approval of the Course Director. The dissertation is to be researched and written independently by each student, though with the support of an appointed supervisor.

AMAA7013X

60

WORLD HERITAGE: PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS

World heritage has become a dominant concept in the social and scholarly fields of cultural heritage. It informs a diverse range of interpretive, political, legal, economic, and touristic activity. The rise of internationalism in the twentieth and twenty first centuries has gone a long way in sustaining ideas and practices that inform 'global' heritage. These ideas and practices have been elaborated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and have been made tangible, in many instances, as World Heritage Sites. The centrality of world heritage to UNESCO and related organisations sets up a range of key questions that this module addresses: What are the universalistic underpinnings of the concept of world heritage and how do these play out in different contexts? How do World Heritage Sites and UNESCO figure in the field of Cultural Heritage Studies? How have exponents of different disciplines approached the uneven presence of world heritage in various historical and geo-cultural milieus? Through a full and critical engagement with such questions, students should be able to identify various scales of problems as well as prospects in world heritage. In its facilitation of informed and imaginative responses to these, the module could propel the students towards an on-going participation in and commitment to the field of Cultural Heritage Studies.

AMAA7012A

20

Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Interviews

Interviews are required for students applying to the MA in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies . If you are living overseas, these may be undertaken by telephone/Skype at a mutually convenient time.  Please note that applicants who have not yet met the English Language requirement will still be expected to conduct an interview in English.  

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact the university directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for the academic year 2017/18 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £7,300 (full time)
  • International Students: £14,800 (full time)

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £1,015 per month.

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How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

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