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Royal Agricultural University: MSc Cultural Heritage Management

Institution Royal Agricultural University View institution profile
Department Cultural Heritage Institute
Study type Taught


Cultural Heritage is all around us. It is at the centre of current political debates around identity, how we feel about our past, and who we as a country want to be on the international stage. To be part of shaping the UK’s cultural heritage landscape is a rewarding and challenging career, requiring a wide and varied range of skills and knowledge.

The MSc in Cultural Heritage Management is designed to give learners a broad and thorough grounding in the varied and fast-moving cultural heritage sector. It will equip learners with the wider contextual and practical skills to allow them to engage analytically with a variety of real-life heritage issues. As the course progresses, learners will be able to follow their developing interests and tailor the direction of their assessed learning to pursue a variety of professional heritage careers. This MSc provides a more flexible pathway into cultural heritage, ideal for learners who have a particular specialism or area of interest they would like to build upon, or those who wish to gain a broad range of experiences across the sector.

The RAU has been at the forefront of land-based education for more than 180 years, and to study cultural heritage here is a natural choice. The programme is taught in the historic Cultural Heritage Institute, the RAU’s Swindon campus set in the ‘heritage capital of England’, home to the National Trust, English Heritage and Historic England. It provides unparalleled opportunities to work with key heritage agencies and to gain management insights.

All sessions are offered in a blended format and learners can choose whether to attend any session in-person or to participate remotely, as best suits their needs. All sessions, including practical workshops and (where possible) field trips, are recorded live and made immediately available for viewing to support learners who prefer to access the sessions asynchronously.

Our sessions are built around exercises to support and scaffold the learning process, and to provide valuable opportunities for peer-to-peer learning. Material is taught in workshop format combining formal elements, such as lectures, with more hands-on exploratory or consolidatory exercises, for example discussions, ‘live’ group research to explore or apply a particular concept, group-critique sessions, supported writing exercises, and problem-based learning.

This programme has specifically been designed to meet the needs of postgraduate learners many of whom may be combining study with work and/or caring or other responsibilities. Teaching is designed to be fully flexible, to allow full participation for both part-time and full-time students. * Course details are subject to validation *

* Careers and graduate destinations This programme will help learners develop an in-depth and applied understanding of cultural heritage enabling graduates to pursue a wide range of careers in the cultural heritage sector. Optional modules will allow you to tailor your MSc to a specialist area (for example, standing buildings consultancy or archaeology) within the wider sector. On completion of the course our students will be able to work in built environment management, planning, heritage property management, regeneration projects, grant-awarding bodies, heritage organisations such as Historic England, English Heritage and the National Trust, museums or heritage site interpretation, private heritage consultancies, heritage outreach and education, or as self-employed heritage consultants. It also provides an excellent grounding for further academic study, for example at PhD level.


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About the Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) has been at the forefront of agricultural education and a key contributor to the land-based sector for more than 175 years.

We combine knowledge and industry connections with an innovative, forward-thinking approach that continues to open doors for our graduates.

Set in 25-acres of picturesque green grounds in Cirencester, Gloucestershire, the University has over 1,100 students and offers many programmes at postgraduate level.

Alongside access to arable and dairy farms and an equine centre, students also benefit from an award-winning Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programme and Farm491 – RAU’s agritech business …

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