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  • Combine and develop a range of interests across the heritage spectrum
  • Complete projects and placements in the UK and abroad
  • Apply cultural theory and skills to real-world resources

Cultural Heritage and Resource Management considers the wider place of heritage management in contemporary society and offers you the chance to undertake your own projects on a range of different subjects. You investigate the theory and practice of cultural heritage and resource management from both a British and a global approach. Teaching comes from experts with specialisms in museums and galleries, cultural tourism, theme parks, national, local and global heritage organisations, archives, libraries, and archaeological units.

You have opportunities 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 your skills in enhancing and developing existing cultural heritage strategies in these locations. The course 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.

Core modules include Cultural Heritage and Resource Management: An Introduction, Issues in Global Cultural Heritage, and Management in Heritage Organisations. Choose and optional module from a wide range including Mediterranean Landscape Studies, The Archaeology of Winchester, Religion, Magic and Esoteric Traditions in Post-Medieval Britain and Caribbean Peoples and Cultures. A placement module, based locally or abroad, allows you to gain practical training in the industry. Placements may involve work experience in a museum, gallery, historic property or archaeological unit/research project. There is also a dissertation, based on your original research, completed with full support and guidance from a tutor.

The course prepares you for a range of career choices. On completion, graduates often work in heritage, museums, galleries, education, outreach, libraries, archives, and archaeological units.


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


Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

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.

Learning and teaching

Start date: September
Teaching takes place: Daytime

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. 


Taught elements of the course take place on our King Alfred Campus or at our West Downs Campus (Winchester). 


Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.


We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information 

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures

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 or equivalent.

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
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International students

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 2018. Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section.

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Year 1 (Level 7)

Semester 1 Credits

Management in Heritage Organisations 20

As well as caring for and presenting sites and collections to the public, heritage organisations also operate as businesses. They have to work to budgets, project manage, and plan for their futures, as well as comply with the law and local and national strategic policies. Heritage organisations also have their own sector specific management issues. Students will link theory to practical examples, and will work through the unit towards creating a document such as a forward plan which brings together budgets and sector specific knowledge to create a detailed report. They will gain a wide range of transferable skills that will be relevant to working in heritage and many other jobs in the private, public and third sectors.

Issues in Global Cultural Heritage 20

In this module local and national issues in cultural heritage and management, which have been outlined in the introductory module, are placed within an international context. Special attention attaches to the history and development of CHM and museums strategies across the western world and the developing world. Legislation, protection and national debates and problems in CHM are discussed using a case study approach and with invited lecturers who have experience drawn from across the world and from a range of disciplines (museums, education, conservation, archaeology). Special attention is paid to indigenous peoples’ rights, social memory and representation, and complex and advanced issues are critiques and discussed.

Research Methods and Skills 20

In addition to developing the particular knowledge relating to given field of investigation, postgraduate students need both to reflect on the nature of that discipline, to identify its place in the range of human areas of intellectual investigation, to identify particular methods and skills relevant to their disciple from a wide range of methods and skills, to develop those skills and to begin their implementation in a significant and agreed topic of research. Students also use information technology to create bibliographies, make appropriate use of online resources, and to access research materials; they explore appropriate modes of research‐topic identification, hypothesis formation, and methodology selection; they practice techniques for moving from note taking, and data‐collection to the outlining, sectioning, writing‐up and presentation of the research project materials.

Cultural Heritage and Resource Management: An Introduction 20

The aim of this unit is to systematically analyse the variety of cultural heritage (archaeological sites, buildings, objects, landscapes and intangible heritage) from around the world, examining what cultural heritage means to ordinary people, investigating its history and exploring the theoretical debates that frame the concept. The unit will also cover a wide range of subjects relevant to working in the heritage/ resource management sector, with an emphasis on the use and role of digital media in heritage, the process of learning in heritage interpretation and also developing strong professional knowledge and skills. 

Semester 2 Credits

Dissertation 60

Students will pursue independent study and research, culminating in a dissertation of between 15,000 and 20,000 words.

Placement 20

The placement forms a vital component of this programme and enables you to gain valuable experience within the heritage sector. Placements are equivalent to 180 hours of study and are undertaken typically in the second semester (full time students) and in the second semester of year two for part-time students. Placements are available locally (e.g. Winchester Museum; Wessex Archaeology) or nationally (Museum of London; Tamar Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) or even internationally in Barbados, Ethiopia, Georgia, Armenia and Corsica, for example. The module is assessed formatively by ongoing diaries and blogs and a final report which encourages you to critically assess your own personal development. As the accent on this module is employability, you are asked as part of your assignment to submit your up to date cv for critique and evaluation by the course team. The placements (s) are chosen by the student in consultation with the module leader.

Optional Credits

Optional modules

The Celts – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Space and Place – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Buildings – 20 Credits

Lower and Middle Palaeolithic of Western Eurasia – 20 Credits

Central Southern England in the Roman Period – 20 Credits

Mediterranean Landscape Studies – 20 Credits

Later Prehistoric Wessex – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Winchester – 20 Credits

Church Archaeology – 20 Credits

Greek Art and Architecture – 20 Credits

Roman Art and Architecture – 20 Credits

Byzantium and Beyond – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Africa – 20 Credits

Climate Change and People – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of North America (1492-1776) – 20 Credits

Religion, Magic and Esoteric Traditions in Post-Medieval Britain – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Italy, 800 BC-AD 500 – 20 Credits

Reception of the Classical World - Art and Architecture – 20 Credits

Caribbean Peoples and Cultures – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Monasticism – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Medieval Religion and Belief – 20 Credits

The Archaeology of Transcaucasia – 20 Credits

Concepts of Funerary Archaeology – 20 Credits

Funerary Studies – 20 Credits

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at
The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above.

Course Tuition Fees

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

Full-time entry | £6,500
Part-time entry | £3,250 p/a

Total Cost | £6,500

International Students

Full-time entry | £12,950
Part-time entry | £6,475 p/a

Total Cost | £12,950


As one of our students, all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services. 

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:  


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. 



Students will pay for their dissertation to printed and bound. Cost approximately £20.


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.


We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.  

Key course details

Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Typical offer
Normally a first or second-class Honours degree
King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester