MA Public History and Heritage

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MA 1Yr FT
    MA 2Yr PT
    MA 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.1

Course Overview

The MA in Public History and Heritage is a flexible programme designed to offer academic training and and employability in the fields of public history and heritage.

Key Features

  • the opportunity for students to engage with external heritage organisations 
  • hands-on experience with staff projects in heritage and public history
  • a compulsory work placement module where students will gain practical experience in the heritage sector
  • optional practice-based dissertation
  • students can choose from a range of modules covering topics from Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome to contemporary local history


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MA 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 180 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
HIHM01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debates and Approaches in Heritage and Public History
HIHM04Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Heritage Work Placement
Optional Modules

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take one of the 60-credit dissertation modules HIHD00 or HIHD01.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIHD00Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60Heritage Dissertation (Practice-Based)
HIHD01Semester 3 (Summer Taught)60Heritage Dissertation (Written)

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should take 80 credits from the following optional modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CL-M08Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Methodologies in Ancient History
CL-M30Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Understanding Ancient Egyptian Culture
CL-M75Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Taharqo, King of Kush, and the Assyrian Empire
CL-M76Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Explorers, Travel and Geography in the Ancient World
CL-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Reaching the Public: Museums and Object Handling
CL-M78Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Saints and Sinners in Christian Late Antiquity
CL-M82Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Magic in the Ancient World: Exploring the Sources
HI-M01Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Historical Methods and Approaches
HI-M38Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20New Departures in the Writing of History
HI-M53Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Princely Possessions to Public Museums: A History of Collecting and Display
HI-M55Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Medieval Frontier
HI-M56Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Empire, Slavery and Liberty in the British Atlantic World, 1584-1808
HI-M62Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Swansea and the Sea, 1791-1898
HI-M70Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Wales since 1945
HI-M77Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Communicating History
HI-M80Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Directed Reading in History
HI-M81Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Power, Conflict and Society in the Modern World


A key aspect of the programme is the opportunity for students to engage both with external heritage organisations and with staff projects in heritage and public history. Modules include options in heritage, public history, ancient history, ancient Egyptian culture, history, Welsh identities, media, museum theory, archive/communication practice, museum practice and a work placement.


Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer is a 2:1 degree in History, Heritage Studies, Archaeology, Classics, Egyptology, Geography, Cultural Studies, Sociology or a 2:1 degree in other arts, humanities or social science subjects, or a science-based archaeology or conservation degree. We will also consider applications from candidates with significant professional or volunteering experience in the heritage/public history sector.


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MA Full-time £6,600 £14,400
MA Part-time £3,300 £7,200
MA Part-time £2,200 £4,800

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

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