MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management

MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management at Winchester offers a perspective which, although grounded in UK heritage practice, is also situated within a wider global context and offers industry placements and project work abroad.

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MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management at University of Winchester

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience. The MA in CHARM is run from the Archaeology Dept. but has broad appeal to all from humanities backgrounds. Previous applicants have included historians, artists, linguists and mature students from other walks of life. No prior knowledge is assumed, but an interest in the human (cultural)  past in all its diversity, and by extension an interest in how people approach and appreciate their past is essential.

If English is not your first language: 

IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent

Degree duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years

Start date: September

Additional costs: Optional fieldtrips within the local area and students may incur travel costs.

Teaching takes place: Daytime

Work placement: Students are required to undertake placement work (to the equivalent of 200 hours) in one or more heritage environments chosen in collaboration with the Programme Leader. Recent placements have included work at the Arthurian Centre in North Cornwall; Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; the Royal Palaces; Nokalakevi; and Georgia and Barbados Museums.

Fact: This unique course combines local, regional, national and international links with theoretical and practical work.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2016 Entry Full-time | £4,900
September 2016 Entry Part-time | £2,450 p/a

Total Cost |  £4,900

International Students 

September 2016 Entry Full-time | £10,900
September 2016 Entry Part-time | £5,450 p/a

Total Cost | £10,900

Additional Costs

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as textbooks and travel expenses, please click here

Terms and Conditions

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here

The programme considers the wider place of heritage management in contemporary society and offers students the chance to undertake their own projects on a range of different subjects. Using both a British and a global approach, the theory and practice of cultural heritage and resource management is investigated.

The course uses experts drawn from across the heritage spectrum including museums and galleries; cultural tourism; theme parks; national, local and global heritage organisations; archives; libraries; and archaeological units. In addition, students are able to participate in the department's own research projects, which have included archaeological sites in Winchester, Cornwall, Georgia, Armenia, Corsica, Barbados, Ethiopia and Egypt, and are encouraged to use their skills in enhancing and developing existing cultural heritage strategies in these locations.

  • Introduction to Heritage Management
  • Global Issues in Heritage Management
  • Research Methods
  • Managing Cultural Heritage
  • Placement (200 hours in total)

Plus one optional module to be selected from all period/depth study or methodological modules available in the History, Religious Studies and Archaeology programmes, as well as a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Modules are delivered through workshops and seminars with presentations (poster and oral), reflexive learning strategies (such as blogs and diaries) and more formal essays. A placement module, based locally or abroad, allows students to gain practical training in the industry. Placements may involve work experience in a museum, gallery, historic property or archaeological unit/research project.

Traditional forms of written academic essay underpin most of the assessment, but there is an emphasis on producing industry-standard documentation (such as formal reports) and display material in a variety of media suitable for a range of different audiences. In addition, there is the use of oral and poster presentations which help the student gain confidence in presenting to a range of audiences. The dissertation is an extended piece of work based upon original research, and the student receives full support and guidance from a tutor in undertaking this project. The study skills module Research Methods helps develop the skills needed to undertake this major piece of self-directed research.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates often work in heritage, museums, galleries, education, outreach, libraries, archives, and archaeological units.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 20 May 2016 

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