Taught course

Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies

Ulster University · School of History and International Affairs

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Diploma: You should normally hold a degree in a relevant discipline. MA: You should preferably hold a good honours degree in a relevant discipline. Exceptionally, candidates who do not satisfy these requirements may, by virtue of relevant experience or learning, be admitted. Students who satisfactorily complete the Postgraduate Diploma at the required level will automatically be considered for progress to the MA. An interview may form part of the application process.

Months of entry


Course content

This well-established programme at the Ulster University is delivered through the School of Creative Arts and Technologies and is taught on the Belfast campus. It has many links with the museum and heritage profession both north and south and students have the advantage of meeting with practitioners through lectures and visits. Graduates have been successful in securing positions in the museum and heritage sectors both in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. To support your learning, we arrange a placement for all students in a local museum or heritage site.

The MA requires successful completion of five taught modules and one research module.

Taught Modules

- Exploring Heritage
- Cultures of Curatorship
- Exhibition: Practice and Evaluation
- Strategic Management for the Heritage and Museum Sectors
- Research in Museum and Heritage Studies

MA Research Dissertation

If you choose not to do the research dissertation you may exit with a PGD, postgraduate diploma.

The MA Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies is delivered at the York Street Campus in Belfast to both full and part time students.

Your Course Director is Elizabeth Crooke, Professor of Heritage and Museum Studies at Ulster University. Elizabeth works with a team of expert and experienced tutors to deliver this programme. In September 2015 Elizabeth was elected Chairperson of Board of Directors Northern Ireland Museums Council. Elizabeth is currently a member of the Museum Standards Programme Advisory Committee of the Heritage Council (Ireland) and member of the Board of Directors Irish Museums Association.

Information for international students

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 also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes. Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
36 months

Course contact details

Professor Elizabeth Crooke
+44 (0) 28 7012 3373