MA Heritage Theory and Practice is intended for graduates and professionals focused on a career in heritage. You will explore current principles and practices in the professional world of heritage sites and museums including heritage management, exhibition curation and community engagement.

You will also engage with concepts and approaches in contemporary heritage theory and, importantly, how theory can relate to practice. During the degree, you will take part in ‘live’ projects with one of our heritage partners, develop your own digital history product and be eligible for a heritage work placement.

Key features

  • Study Heritage with the University of Plymouth and work on ‘live’ projects with one of our heritage partners including English Heritage, National Trust, Dartmoor National Park, Powderham Castle, The Museum of Cornish Life and The Box.
  • Explore the connections between theory and practice in contemporary issues such as equality, diversity and inclusion; climate change; and, health and wellbeing.
  • Be part of the team of Plymouth Heritage Praxis, the University of Plymouth’s heritage engagement unit.
  • Be taught contemporary heritage practice by heritage professionals from organisations including the National Trust, the V&A, National Heritage Lottery Fund and Dartmoor National Park.
  • Explore the emerging field of digital heritage, producing your own online content for our ‘Digital History Project’.
  • Choose to produce your own heritage project instead of a traditional dissertation.
  • Participate in an internship with one of our national and regional heritage partners.

Study Details:

MA 1 year Full-time, Part-time route available

Module Details:

Core modules

  • Public History (MAHI701)
  • MA History Dissertation (MAHI702)
  • Critical Heritage (MAHI735)
  • Heritage Practice (MAHI736)

Optional modules

  • Display and Interpretation (MAHI737)
  • Remembering the Past, Talking History: Oral History & Memory Studies (MAHI738)

Programme Funding

From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.

Student Destinations

MA Heritage Theory and Practice students have gone on to careers with heritage organisations and museums including English Heritage, Cornish Museums, the National Trust and The Box.

MA Heritage is also a popular part-time choice for people already working within the heritage sector as part of their professional development.


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Entry Requirements

An honours degree in heritage, history or a related subject, or a professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to a degree.

Or an ordinary degree, foundation degree, higher national diploma or university diploma, accompanied by substantial experience in an appropriate field. References from previous university, employer or similar.

We are happy to chat to prospective applicants about their qualifications and suitability for this programme – so please do get in touch.

If you possess overseas qualifications you can check their comparability with the UK equivalent through UK NARIC, who provide an advisory service.

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