Cultural Heritage

Postgraduate degree

Course subject to validation

Cultural Heritage

A unique master's degree that combines historical, anthropological, religious, literary and philosophical approaches to cultural heritage, with a focus on London and its diverse communities.

Start Date:

September 2022


1 year full time
2-3 years part time

Degree Type:


Number of credits:

MA 180
PGDip 120
PGCert 60

Postgraduate and Doctoral open evening

Wednesday 3 November 2021, 5–7.30pm

Course and Module Details


New for 2022, Roehampton's MA Cultural Heritage provides students with the critical, professional and practical knowledge and skills required for a wide range of careers or for further study in the humanities or social sciences.

The programme puts the diverse cultures and heritages of London at its core, but takes a global perspective on the ways in which heritage is experienced, articulated, produced, curated and consumed. Drawing on the whole School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the course is unique in the way it combines historical, anthropological, religious, literary, philosophical and creative and creative approaches to the study and practice of cultural heritage, in a single degree.

The MA draws on the University's well-established and wide-ranging network of partnerships with cultural heritage groups, collections and institutions to inform classroom and field-based teaching, and to provide material for student study and projects. For example students will benefit from Roehampton's partnership with Wandsworth Council's Arts and Heritage Directorate, which is perfectly placed to provide opportunities to engage in community-based projects, collections-based displays and events. The MA’s practical and professional focus provides an excellent springboard for placements in a diverse range of cultural heritage organisations.

Roehampton’s own rich 180-year heritage, including its buildings, archives, landscape, its four colleges and the surrounding area gives students an opportunity to experience hands-on study within a heritage setting.

Through the integration of professional skills across all modules, the programme equips students to engage with contemporary issues and to succeed in professional life. For those who choose to do so, the programme offers the opportunity to create a heritage project portfolio to gain experience of project design, implementation and evaluation. 

Although designed for students interested in careers in the heritage professions broadly defined, MA Cultural Heritage is a course that would suit students with an interest in any aspect of cultural heritage or a desire to undertake further study or research in a wide range of related fields.


The selection of modules below is indicative and may be subject to change

Compulsory Modules

Critical Approaches to Cultural Heritage

Public History and Heritage

Archives and Research

Dissertation or Heritage Project (MA only)


Optional Modules

Collections in Context

Digital Humanities

Living Heritage

Professional Placement

Popular Identities: Gender, Sexuality, and Race 

Popular Locations: Women, Space, and Time

Popular Ecologies: Literature, Philosophy and Environmental Ethics

Islam, Gender and Culture

Religions in Dialogue and Conflict

Gender and Social Justice: African Theological Perspectives

Creative Arts in the Community

Publishing Contexts

Print Culture

Indicative Timetable

Lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in daytime and evening session. Some field visits will be required.

Tuition fees and funding

September 2022 entry tuition fees

Year 1 fees, see links in table below for more information.

UK EU and International

Career Options

Graduates can go into a broad range of careers in the heritage and culture sectors, the charity sector, and community-based or local government organisations. Roles include curator, gallery manager, content developer, public engagement officer, education officer, events manager, auctioneer, consultant, project manager, registrar, civil servant.

How to apply

Postgraduate programmes

You can apply now for any programme starting in Autumn 2021, January or February 2022 or September 2022.

All postgraduate taught applications can be made via our online application form.

If you need any help or advice with your application, or just want to ask us a question before you apply, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International students
Please note that most international applicants have to pay a deposit before securing their place.

  • See our Finance pages for more details

Postgraduate application process FAQs


To apply, you need to complete our online application form.

No, you can save and revisit your application form and can contact us directly at any time if you need advice or assistance.

We have general entry requirements for postgraduate courses. Many of our courses also have specific entry requirements. You can find details of these, and the fees for individual courses, on our postgraduate course pages.

If you are a prospective postgraduate student who has home fee status, then you can apply close to the start of the course of study. However, if you have international fee status and require a Tier 4 Visa, then you will normally need to apply much earlier. Please see our application deadlines for postgraduate study.

We encourage all students to apply as early as possible, as some programmes have limited numbers.

Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.

You can find more information on our postgraduate home and postgraduate international financial support pages. There are also other sources of external funding for international students available.

Yes, we have a wide range of high quality and competitively priced on-campus student residences. We are able to offer quiet rooms and can adjust for those with specific access needs.

Find out more on our accommodation pages

More Information

Programm Convenor Dr Dustin Frazier Wood

Validation and periodic review

What is validation?
Validation is a formal process through which the University approves a programme (content, teaching, learning and assessment) as being of appropriate standard and quality. This is a normal process used throughout the university sector.

The University expects to publish details of the validated programme in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

What is periodic review?
Periodic review is the regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes. It is a normal process in the sector and it is the way by which the university ensures that your course remains up-to-date and relevant. The process may result in changes to the content, structure and/or assessment of the programme.

The University expects to publish details of the re-validated programme by 31 March in the academic year prior to the start date of the programme. You are advised to check the University website at that time to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information you should contact 0208 392 3232.

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Our Research


To read about the research carried out in Roehampton's School of Humanities and Social Sciences, please visit the departmental research pages.

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