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.
1 year full time
2-3 years part time
Number of credits:
The programme puts the diverse cultures of London at its core, but adopts a global perspective on how culture is articulated and consumed.
Gain the critical, professional and practical knowledge and skills required for a wide range of careers in the heritage sector, or for further study in the humanities or social sciences.
Draw on the well-established and wide-ranging network of partnerships that Roehampton enjoys with cultural heritage groups, collections and institutions to inform classroom and field-based teaching.
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
Critical Approaches to Cultural Heritage
Public History and Heritage
Archives and Research
Dissertation or Heritage Project (MA only)
Collections in Context
Lectures, seminars and tutorials are delivered in daytime and evening session. Some field visits will be required.
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
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.
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Postgraduate application process FAQs
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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.
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Yes, we offer a range of scholarships, alongside support on managing your finances while you are with us.
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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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