Taught course

Cultural Heritage and Resource Management

University of Winchester · Faculty of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree in a related subject or professional experience in the area of study.

Months of entry


Course content

MA Cultural Heritage and Resource Management at Winchester offers a perspective which, although grounded in UK heritage practice, is also situated within a wider global context and offers industry placements and project work abroad.

The programme considers the wider place of heritage management in contemporary society and offers students the chance to undertake their own projects on a range of different subjects. Using both a British and a global approach, the theory and practice of cultural heritage and resource management is investigated.

The course uses experts drawn from across the heritage spectrum including museums and galleries; cultural tourism; theme parks; national, local and global heritage organisations; archives; libraries; and archaeological units. In addition, students are able to participate in the department's own research projects, which have included archaeological sites in Winchester, Cornwall, Georgia, Armenia, Corsica, Barbados, Ethiopia and Egypt, and are encouraged to use their skills in enhancing and developing existing cultural heritage strategies in these locations.


  • Introduction to Heritage Management
  • Global Issues in Heritage Management
  • Research Methods
  • Managing Cultural Heritage
  • Placement (200 hours in total)

Plus one optional module to be selected from all period/depth study or methodological modules available in the History, Religious Studies and Archaeology programmes, as well as a dissertation of 20,000 words.

Modules are delivered through workshops and seminars with presentations (poster and oral), reflexive learning strategies (such as blogs and diaries) and more formal essays. A placement module, based locally or abroad, allows students to gain practical training in the industry. Placements may involve work experience in a museum, gallery, historic property or archaeological unit/research project.

Traditional forms of written academic essay underpin most of the assessment, but there is an emphasis on producing industry-standard documentation (such as formal reports) and display material in a variety of media suitable for a range of different audiences. In addition, there is the use of oral and poster presentations which help the student gain confidence in presenting to a range of audiences. The dissertation is an extended piece of work based upon original research, and the student receives full support and guidance from a tutor in undertaking this project. The study skills module Research Methods helps develop the skills needed to undertake this major piece of self-directed research.

Graduates often work in heritage, museums, galleries, education, outreach, libraries, archives, and archaeological units.

Information for international students

If English is not your first language: IELTS 6.5 (including 6.5 in academic writing) or equivalent. International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1962 827023.

Fees and funding

UK students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £5,000
International students
September 2017 Entry Full-time | £11,200

Limited bursaries, scholarships and discounts are available - please see our website under 'Students and Money' for more details.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries and Applications
+44 (0) 1962 827234