Heritage is about the future of what matters, protecting objects and practices that have meaning for communities and society for future generations. But in the face of immense social and planetary change, what future are we facing and how do the choices we make help to shape it? This Master’s degree equips heritage practitioners and policy professionals to think critically and strategically about the long-term futures of what society values.

About this degree

You will learn fundamental qualitative and quantitative research skills, designing research projects and writing to a high academic standard. You will gain practical expertise in foresight techniques, and understand what makes evidence relevant to policy teams. Students will work across a range of academic disciplines to explore concepts like complexity and emergence, and consider the different ways in which value is understood, assessed and protected in societies.

Study Details:

MSc Full-time: 1 year Part-time: 2 years

Module Details:

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to sustainable heritage (15 credits)
  • Foresight for heritage I (15 credits)
  • Foresight for heritage II (15 credits)
  • Time, systems and future heritage (15 credits)
  • Design futures for heritage (15 credits)
  • Material futures for heritage (15 credits)
  • Policy advice and evidence (30 credits)

Optional modules


A dissertation module (60 credits), in which they will design and undertake a research project: this will give them a chance to draw on previous modules in developing an appropriate methodology and relating their findings to a professional or policy context.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

For further and the most up-to-date information about the programme structure please visit the UCL Prospectus website.

Programme Funding

UCL offers a range of financial awards aimed at assisting both prospective and current students with their studies.

Student Destinations

Graduates will have a diverse skill-set suited to senior or leaderships roles. As well as research skills, graduates will be competent in strategic foresight and have the ability to envision and work towards strategic outcomes. They will also have a critical understanding of the value different forms of evidence have for policy teams.


There is a recognised need within heritage policy and in the wider workplace for professionals with the capacity to anticipate and manage long-term change. The programme has been developed with input from Historic England and other relevant policy groups. It offers students opportunities to engage with authentic policy challenges, presenting research findings to members of national policy teams. Graduates will be equipped for senior roles in strategy advice, analyst, and research teams within heritage institutions and policy teams, and will be able to pursue opportunities in organisations concerned with social impact more generally, such as think-tanks, local government, foundations, or developers.


For fees and funding options, please visit website to find out more

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

International equivalent qualifications are considered, they can be found by selecting the relevant country from a drop down list in the entry requirements section of each programme page in the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website Request Information Add to Compare List

Key Information

Please see our website for how to apply

Visit Website
Request Information
Add to Compare List

University Hub

University College London – The Bartlett

More Information