Taught course

Environment, Heritage and Policy

University of Stirling · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Entry requirements

An upper second class Honours degree or better in History, Heritage, Geography or other relevant discipline from a university recognised by the University of Stirling.

Months of entry


Course content

The MSc in Environment, Heritage and Policy has been developed to provide interdisciplinary training at an advanced level for existing practitioners in the heritage sector or those seeking a career in that sector.

The course provides:

  • a foundation in the theory, practice and application of environmental history, heritage and heritage policy
  • developed interdisciplinary skills in the principal subject areas contributing to the study of cultural and natural heritage
  • advanced study in the main subject areas of candidates’ primary disciplines
  • training in appropriate quantitative and qualitative research, interpretative and presentational methodologies.

Students of environment, heritage and policy have the opportunity to work with members of staff on a one to one basis, and experience the Scottish cultural and natural environments first hand on a number of field trips designed to enhance class based teaching. The course of study prepares students in the principles and methods of the field and in one year enables them to investigate issues such as: protected spaces/legislative framework, Sustainability, Resilience and Collapse; Heritage, Identity and Place; ‘The Highlands and the Roots of Green Consciousness’; or Interpretation Media, and apply their skills in an individual research project.

Placement opportunities will be available in a range of venues across the sector. These will include heritage attractions and outdoor centres, museums, galleries and libraries, NGOs, and private sector industry partners.

Fees and funding

The places are open to applicants domiciled in Scotland and the EU and most courses are available for part-time study. Further information on residence conditions can be found by referring to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr Catherine Mills
+ 44 (0) 1786 467583