Taught course

Heritage Management

Bath Spa University · School of Humanities and Cultural Industries

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a good first degree (2.1 or above) in any academic subject. Applicants without a first degree may be considered if they can demonstrate considerable relevant experience; they may be asked to attend an interview.

Months of entry


Course content

The ways in which we understand and manage 'heritage' are changing rapidly, while the physical remains of our past - buildings, landscapes, city streets, archives, artefacts and archaeological sites - and the intangible associations of tradition, language and memory continue to shape the ways in which we live our lives.

This course poses challenging questions about our thinking and practice, and offers students the opportunity to explore this through a series of practical projects, working in partnership with a wide range of local, regional and national heritage organisations. We will help you set heritage in its social, political and economic context, and support you in a series of placements so that you can see how this plays out on the ground, for real.

'I want to know the relationship between this wooden object ... and where it has been. I want to be able to reach the handle of the door and turn it and feel it open. I want to be able to walk into each room where this object has lived, to feel the volume of the space, to know what pictures were on the walls, how the light fell from the windows. And I want to know whose hands it has been in, and what they felt and thought about it - if they thought about it. I want to know what it has witnessed.'
Edmund de Waal, The Hare with Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (Chatto & Windus, 2010)

The hare with amber eyes - a tiny Japanese netsuke - is part of de Waal's personal inheritance, knotted into the threads of family and world history, but the questions he asks of it belong to us all.

We will ask these questions of historic buildings, museum collections, parks and gardens, archaeological sites, public and private archives. We will consider the ways in which these resources are managed, presented and explained, and explores these through a series of encounters with heritage practitioners and heritage places. What challenges are heritage bodies currently facing. What choices do they make in dealing with them. How will pressures on public funding for heritage in the UK - and further afield - shape our experience of visiting and working in museums and heritage sites in the future. And how will our wider understanding of heritage change as a result.

Trying to answer such questions provides a framework for practical work in the sector, underpinned by hands-on, supportive teaching. As well as thinking about heritage, we want you to become involved in a range of projects, working with our extensive range of partners, and to gain experience on the ground.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language then you will need to provide evidence of proficiency in written and spoken English. The normal minimum requirement for admission onto one of the programmes is an overall score of 6.5 on the British Council IELTS test or 600 on the TOEFL test.

Fees and funding

For further information visit our website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


full time
4 months

Course contact details

Dr Alison Hems
+44 (0)1225 876 363