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University of Plymouth: Heritage Theory and Practice

Institution University of Plymouth View institution profile
Department School of Society and Culture
Telephone +44 (0) 1752 585858
Study type Taught


MA Heritage Theory and Practice is a one year, taught postgraduate degree intended for graduates and professionals focused on a career in heritage. You will explore current principles and practices in the management and curation of heritage sites and museums including interpretation and community engagement. You will also engage with concepts and approaches in contemporary heritage theory and, importantly, how theory can relate to practice. Uniquely, MA Heritage Theory and Practice is connected to Cornerstone Praxis, the University of Plymouth’s highly successful heritage engagement unit. Through Cornerstone you will learn through ‘live’ projects, working on site with one of our heritage partners including national organisations such as the National Trust and Historic Houses as well as regional sites and museums including The Box, Powderham Castle, The Elizabethan House and Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Cornerstone also manages an extensive work placement scheme exclusive to our students, guaranteeing you a placement at a historic site or museum.

Master of Arts - MA (PG)

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At the University of Plymouth, we are proud to be a top 3 modern UK university (Times Higher Education Young University Rankings, 2023) and are internationally renowned for high-quality research and teaching. We have also recently been awarded gold ratings across the board in the latest round of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF, 2023). At the University of Plymouth, you will be studying alongside a community of people who believe deeply in the power of education to create positive change in society.

Our collective ethos is to use our knowledge for action – to apply real change, …

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