Taught course


University of Sussex · Faculty of Arts and Humanities

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Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree.

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This MA will give you the skills you need for a career in the heritage sector. You'll learn to manage cultural artefacts, from buildings and craft practice to industry and migration.

Offering an exciting blend of theory, practice and research, you’ll visit heritage sites and archives, explore the histories and theories of heritage and take part in student-led debates and presentations.

You’ll learn from experienced curators and heritage professionals, as well as renowned scholars engaging with the global challenges of the heritage sector. You’ll also benefit from our relationships with museums and collections, including:

  • The Keep
  • the V&A
  • Science Museum
  • Tate
  • The National Trust
  • Historic Royal Palaces.

Heritage studies at Sussex is taught as a form of critical practice, preparing you for a career in the cultural heritage sector. You’ll look at a range of materials and topics, including buildings, craft practice, popular culture, language, labour, industry, sound and music, youth, slavery and migration – across a range of global contexts.

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

Course contact details

Course enquiries
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