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.

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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing

Degree duration

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

Start date: September

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.

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £2,500 p/a

Total Cost |  £5,000

International Students 

September 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,200
September 2017 Entry Part-time | £5,600 p/a

Total Cost |  £11,200

Additional Costs


  • Printing: Students will pay for their dissertation to printed and bound. Cost approximately £20. 
  • Placements: There may be costs associated with travel for the placement module, but these costs vary depending on the location of the placement. Support is available from the Faculty. Costs vary depending on location. 


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due popularity of some books, there will not be enough availability for every student. It is advised that students look into purchasing second-hand copies.Cost up to £100.
  • Field trip: Students have the option to attend a trip to London. Cost approximately £50. 

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.

  • Research Methods and Skills
  • Cultural Heritage and Resource Management: An Introduction
  • Issues in Global Cultural Heritage
  • Management in Heritage Organisations
  • Placement (200 hours in total)
  • Dissertation

Plus one optional Special/Applied Study module:

  • The Celts
  • The Archaeology of Space and Place
  • The Archaeology of Buildings
  • Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia
  • Central Southern England in the Roman Period
  • Mediterranean Landscape Studies
  • Later Prehistoric Wessex
  • The Archaeology of Winchester
  • Church Archaeology
  • Greek Art and Architecture
  • Roman Art and Architecture
  • Byzantium and Beyond
  • The Archaeology of Africa
  • Climate Change and People
  • The Archaeology of North America (1492-1776)
  • Religion, Magic and Esoteric Traditions in Post-Medieval Britain
  • The Archaeology of Italy, 800 BC-AD 500
  • Reception of the Classical World - Art and Architecture
  • Caribbean Peoples and Cultures
  • The Archaeology of Monasticism
  • The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief
  • The Archaeology of Transcaucasia
  • Concepts of Funerary Archaeology
  • Funerary Studies

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.

Programme Leader

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 or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Applications need to be submitted before the 31 May 2017. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information click here.

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