Taught course

Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Ulster University · Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

We welcome people with an honours degree in an area relevant to museum and heritage practice, such as:

  • Arts and Humanities e.g. Archaeology and Anthropology, History, Fine and Applied Arts;
  • Environmental Sciences e.g. Geography (including human geography and historic geography);
  • Social Sciences e.g. Sociology, Policy Studies;
  • Business & Marketing e.g. Tourism Studies, Management Studies.

You will find that the diverse student group will greatly enhance your learning experience.

If you do not have an honours degree, but have relevant experience or learning, we will consider your application.

Months of entry


Course content

This well-established programme produces the heritage managers and museum curators of the future.

On this programme you will:

  • have access to leading academics and practitioners in the field;
  • go on study visits to heritage sites and museums to learn about latest practice;
  • meet past students who have graduated from the programme and now work in the field; and,
  • undertake a placement to get hands-on experience and professional insights.

Key areas of investigation in this MA include:

  • Policy development and management issues relating to heritage, museum and cultural sectors in Ireland, north and south;
  • Analysis of the social, economic and cultural contexts of museums and heritage; and,
  • International context of key issues for the heritage and museum sectors.

Modules reflect innovative and current research and will equip you with the appropriate skills for further academic and professional development.

Information for international students

English language requirements for international applicants

The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III (with a pass in each component) also meets this requirement.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Elizabeth Crooke