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MA World Heritage Studies

World Heritage, both tangible and intangible, increasingly affects a significant proportion of the world's population and is now an essential concept for all those engaged in the protection, development and management of heritage. This unique one-year programme at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, UK is aimed at those who wish to acquire a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes surrounding World Heritage in its cultural forms (tangible and intangible), its natural forms and as cultural landscapes. This course will offer the necessary skills that will allow a critical appraisal and effective management of world heritage and its impacts in a sustainable manner. It is linked to the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site, providing a unique academic experience and offering access to unrivalled resources and over 25 years of management expertise.

As well as providing an excellent grounding for working in the heritage sector, the course offers ideal preparation for PhD study. The MA World Heritage Studies draws upon international cases and practical experience and will provide insight into the processes of World Heritage inscription and management. In addition it will give an informed position in policy debates regarding the implications of designation for local and national identities, community well-being and tourism and associated development.

The studies take place through five core modules:

  • Critical Approaches to World Heritage,
  • Issues in World Heritage Management,
  • Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites,
  • World Heritage Case Study, and
  • Research Methods and Skills.
  • One optional module is chosen from among the following:
  • Heritage Marketing,
  • Heritage Interpretation,
  • Heritage Conservation Management, and
  • Digital Cultures.

The programme also features a visit to the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO, Paris, to learn directly of the challenges of linking the protection and conservation of sites with present and future environmental, social and economic needs. The MA is completed with a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, relevant to World Heritage.

To apply online, please visit www.heritageculture.com, or contact Dr Anna Woodham at a.l.woodham@bham.ac.uk for more information.