Taught course

Heritage Studies

Newcastle University · School of Arts and Cultures

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in any subject.

We will also consider your application if you have:

  • non-standard qualifications
  • relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors

If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may ask for more information. You may need to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype.

Months of entry


Course content

The Heritage Studies course covers key aspects of heritage tourism and visitor engagement. It draws on experiences from expert staff and visiting speakers and visits to local heritage sites. It encourages a hands-on approach and involves input by heritage professionals from the region and beyond. Alongside freelance heritage consultants, these professionals work in organisations including:
  • Historic England
  • The National Trust
  • The National Park Authority
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

When you graduate from this course you'll be equipped to pursue a career in the heritage sector or conduct further research.
The course is part of Media, Culture, Heritage in the School of Arts and Cultures. We have a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community. It's made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.
Heritage Studies is also affiliated with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS). ICCHS is a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies.

Information for international students

Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking, and 5.5 in all other sub-skills).

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    9 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    18 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Modules also available on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) basis

Course contact details

Dr Joanne Sayner, Degree Programme Director
+44 (0) 191 208 5336