Taught course

Heritage Studies (Subject to Approval)

The University of Manchester · School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Entry requirements

We require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

In addition, you must be able to demonstrate work experience (including voluntary work) in a museum, heritage site or attraction or other relevant organisation.

Months of entry


Course content

Our MA Heritage Studies master's course is aimed at students who want to develop their knowledge and practical skills to pursue or develop careers in heritage policy, management, conservation, learning, engagement and enterprise.

Heritage Studies examines the theory and practice of heritage making, management and use in local, national and international contexts. It includes both the practical aspects of conservation and management and a study of social, political and economic dynamics in cultural, archaeological, built and natural heritage.

You will study comprehensive core units on critical heritage studies and key issues and approaches to heritage policy and management, as well as routes into specialisation and professional practice through a wide range of options units covering distinctive topic areas such as:

  • digital heritage;
  • curating and engagement;
  • natural heritage landscapes;
  • historic houses;
  • heritage and sustainable development;
  • global heritage policy;
  • heritage and learning;
  • intangible cultural heritage;
  • strategic planning and management of heritage projects and enterprises.

You will be able to gain intensive work experience and undertake critical reflective practice within a range of heritage organisations across the region and further afield through our long-standing placement scheme.

This scheme is shared with our sister master's courses in Arts Management, Policy and Practice and Art Gallery and Museum Studies. You can also undertake live project work with students on these sister courses by choosing practice-based course units.

You will benefit from the expertise of the Institute for Cultural Practices and other specialists in archaeology, art history and history at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures.

You will also have access to the University's cultural heritage assets such as Manchester Museum, the John Rylands Library and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.

You can choose from full-time and part-time study options for an MA or PGDip award, as well as standalone course units to support continuing professional development.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language, please provide us with evidence of:

  • an overall grade 7.0 (with a minimum writing score of 7) in IELTS; or
  • 100+ in the IBT Internet-based TOEFL.

The other language tests we accept can be found on the Gov.uk website .

Exceptions to needing a language test (if English is NOT your first language) are if you have successfully completed an academic qualification deemed by UK NARIC as equivalent to at least a UK bachelor's degree or higher from one of the following countries:

  • Antigua & Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • USA.

Please contact MASALC@manchester.ac.uk if you are unsure if you have taken what The University of Manchester considers to be a Standard English Language Test.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Each year, the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offers a number of bursaries set at Home/EU fees level, open to both Home/EU and international students. For more information, visit the master's fees and funding page, where you can also check details of subject specific bursaries.

The Faculty of Humanities Loyalty Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who have achieved a First within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught master's course for September 2018 entry.

More funding opportunities, including the latest information on the government's Postgraduate Loan scheme, can be found on the University's master's funding page.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 0322