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Newcastle University: Cultural Property Protection MLitt

Institution Newcastle University View institution profile
Department School of Arts and Cultures
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Study type Taught


The Cultural Property Protection (CPP) MLitt is a flexible research programme offering a bespoke specialist CPP qualification, fully supported by world-class experts in the field.

About this course You will be suitable for this course if you are: - interested in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict or following natural disasters

  • a recent graduate considering PhD research in this field

  • a member of the armed forces seeking a professional CPP qualification

  • a heritage professional seeking a professional CPP qualification.

The Cultural Property Protection MLitt is a bespoke researched based programme with some taught elements. The taught research methods part of the programme provides structured learning. This is ideal if you're unfamiliar with academic research or have been away from academia for a long time.

What you'll learn You'll develop research and presentation skills in the taught component. You will gain a key grounding in the policies and practice surrounding cultural property protection in armed conflict and disasters from different perspectives, including: - governments

  • the armed forces

  • international organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's)

  • heritage professionals.

Modules will enable you to develop: - advanced knowledge of critiques of cultural heritage destruction and protection as contested arenas

  • advanced knowledge of contemporary armed conflict in relation to CPP, examining various conflicts and actors

  • advanced knowledge of national and international legal, ethical, and policy frameworks, and military doctrine

  • a critical and discriminating understanding of the role of various actors in heritage destruction and protection

  • a critical and discriminating understanding of the technologies available for cultural property protection.

Your development The programme is in Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH), within the School of Arts and Cultures. This is a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies with a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community of: - postgraduate research students

  • experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

The flexible nature of the assignments make this programme easy to modify to suit your particular interests. It is particularly suitable for part-time students. You'll have the opportunity to advance your career and knowledge through research. The assignments allow you to explore a variety of smaller topics or carry out in-depth research around a more focused topic.

You will increase your knowledge in your chosen topics. You'll also develop a broad range of research and project management skills. Through taught modules and research projects, you will develop broader competencies, including: - conducting critical reviews of literature, legal frameworks, doctrine, and heritage management instruments

  • data collection and management using multiple sources

  • synthesising, evaluating, and presenting complex material and advanced analytical conclusions to different audiences using appropriate techniques

  • applying subject-related knowledge and advanced theoretical models to international case studies

  • information technology skills by supporting your assignments and oral presentations appropriately

  • the ability to observe professional and academic standards, including appropriate use of relevant ethical codes of practice.


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