Total cost of course
UK/EU: £8,820*
INT: £8,820*

*Prices correct for 2019/2020 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

Course length
3 years of part time study
Start dates
September 2019, January 2020 and May 2020 *Start dates are subject to programme reaching minimum numbers
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Pace of study

We recommend around 20 hours of study per week, per 20 credit module.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Course code: OLPCB   Level 7 qualification

The evidence of the past constantly surrounds us and is called upon, reshaped and reimagined in the present. This exciting Public History and Heritage Masters programme combines critical academic study of the role of history in the public sphere with practical experience and advanced training designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the heritage sector.

Heritage plays a key role in the global economy, driving international tourism and generating income for local communities. The heritage industry is now not only a major source of employment but one of the most frequent ways that members of the public come into contact with the past. Our online Public History and Heritage programme has been launched to help you make the most of the many career opportunities emerging in this ever growing and developing industry and gain practical experience and advanced training for heritage sector roles.

Strengthen Your Contacts in Heritage and Widen Your Industry Knowledge

You will have the opportunity to work in industry in an organisation of your choice. This can be local and relevant to you with your passions and interests in mind. Our flourishing links with the heritage, creative and cultural industries on a global scale will give you access to producers of public history and heritage, such as local authorities, charitable trusts, businesses, community groups and private individuals. You will therefore gain unrivalled experience of the different practical, legal, commercial and management challenges facing the heritage sector today.

Bring Heritage to Life Through the Latest Technology

In a world where technology is paramount it is important for the heritage industry to develop and embrace new technologies to continue to engage visitors and attract new customers. Throughout the programmes modules we prepare you for changes in the industry using exciting new technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality to create your own virtual museum environment.

Learn from Historians and Heritage Experts

This programme opens up a wide range of opportunities for you to network with heritage professionals inside and outside the classroom. You will be taught by a team of academic historians and heritage industry experts who can share cutting-edge practice in their fields. They include renowned researchers and authors, who work regularly as consultants on restoration projects and major exhibitions.

Achieve a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters award

The online MA Public History and Heritage programme comprises three progressive stages; Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and Master of Arts (MA).

You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, totalling to 180 credits to achieve the Masters:

A Postgraduate Certificate in Public History and Heritage can be obtained upon passing 3 modules (60 Credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma in Public History and Heritage can be obtained upon passing 6 modules (140 credits).

A Master of Arts in Public History and Heritage can be obtained upon passing 6 modules and one of the optional modules (180 credits).

We would encourage you to complete the full MA, but if you prefer, you can still gain an exit award at each stage: a PG Cert or a PG Dip.

You can also study the MA Public History and Heritage full-time or part-time on campus.

Programme Specification

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