Heritage and Interpretation

MA, MSc, PGDip, 18 months-2 years, by distance learning

This is for you if... you want the flexibility of studying by distance learning while gaining the knowledge and skills you need to develop your career in the heritage sector.

Course Description

This degree will provide you with the skills and knowledge to shape, manage and interpret heritage sites and objects and become an effective, critical and creative heritage professional.

You will look in-depth at the processes of heritage making, the politics and uses of heritage across the world, and the concepts, theories and creative practice of heritage interpretation.

This course will develop your critical and creative thinking skills and encourage you to engage with the literature, case examples and with other students whilst reflecting on your own heritage and interpretation interests and experiences.

You will take four core modules and, if you are taking the MA/MSc, complete a dissertation on a topic of your choice. This is your chance to delve into your particular interests and extend your expertise. For many, it is the most exciting part of the course, as a self-directed opportunity to contribute new ideas, new knowledge, or critique existing scholarship or practice at an advanced academic level.

By taking the distance learning course, you have the flexibility to fit studying around your existing work and family commitments. The School works with a team of highly skilled Associate Tutors, all of whom are experienced museum and heritage professionals and you will receive excellent support throughout your studies.

This course will especially suit you if you are working in, or looking for employment in, the heritage sector and will also provide an excellent preparation if you wish to go on to pursue PhD research in the Heritage and Interpretation area.

Key Facts
Start date
April and October each year
Department
Museum Studies
Contact

Distance Learning Team
+44 (0)116 252 5365 or 2903 or 3783
artshumsdl@le.ac.uk

Programme Director
Katy Bunning
+44 (0)116 252 5723
klg22@le.ac.uk

School of Museum Studies website

Why Leicester?

At Leicester we have more than 20 years' experience of offering high-quality distance learning courses. More than 25,000 students have successfully graduated with a University of Leicester qualification studied through distance learning.

This course is based on leading museum studies research and practice. It has been designed by experts in the field, who have been involved in expanding the academic discipline of museum studies over many years.

You can take advantage of our network of 20 associate tutors who are all museum professionals working in the sector.

Course Structure

Modules

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Dissertation

Dissertation

For a Masters Degree, you will undertake supervised research into a topic of your choice and complete a 15,000-word dissertation.

A Master of Science (MSc) can be awarded in preference to a Master of Arts (MA) where the dissertation concerns a science collection or museum, or where the nature of the investigation can be termed ‘scientific'.

If you are studying for a PGDip, you won't write a dissertation.

Additional Information

Key Dates

Start date: 20 April 2016
Application deadline for April 2016: 23 March 2016

Teaching and Assessment

You will be supported by a dedicated team of academic and personal tutors as well as support staff. You will be allocated a personal tutor who can advise you on a range of issues and support you. In addition, for each module you will be allocated a module tutor who is a specialist in that particular field. Your module tutor will support you with academic enquiries relating to that module as well as your essay plans, marking your assignments and providing you with detailed feedback.

Our distance learning course offers carefully designed teaching material and reading which offer flexibility and allow you to fit your study around other commitments. These materials are supplemented by online resources in the University’s virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

Time is built into the structure of the programme for the completion of assignments, and wider reading on areas of particular interest to the student, and self-directed study visits and tutorials, which are commented on by tutors, are prompted at various points.

During the summer, you are invited to the optional non-assessed Summer School week, offering face-to-face teaching, discussions, group activities and study visits.

If you are completing a dissertation as part of the MA/MSc course, you will receive four supervisions with your allocated tutor, with support offered between supervisions as and when needed.

There are one or two pieces of assessed coursework for each of the core modules. Together, these form a carefully designed, broad range of assignments including essays, project work, reports, briefs and evaluations as well as practical exercises. Your module tutor will provide you with detailed feedback on each assignment you submit.

Former student Samantha Taylor talks about Distance Learning with the School of Museum Studies.

Assessment

There are one or two pieces of assessed coursework for each of the core modules. Together, these form a carefully designed, broad range of assignments including essays, project work, reports, briefs and evaluations as well as practical exercises. Your module tutor will provide you with detailed feedback on each assignment you submit.

Entry Requirements

A first or second class degree.

Additionally you must also be able to demonstrate an engagement with or commitment to museums, galleries or heritage organisations. It is also helpful for you to provide evidence of relevant experience in the museum, gallery or heritage sector or appropriate transferable skills.

We will consider applications from candidates without a degree where you are able to evidence significant relevant work experience normally involving research skills, professional publication or senior management responsibilities in place of a degree.

You may be required to successfully complete a short assessment such as an essay or other written work following an initial review of your application.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability.

International Qualifications

Find your country in this list to check equivalent qualifications, scholarships and additional requirements.

Countries list

Fees and Funding

  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in April 2016

    • MA/MSc: £8,385
    • PGDip: £7,470

    Starting in October 2016 or April 2017

    • MA/MSc: £8,760
    • PGDip: £7,805
    Find out more about how to pay and fees and funding.
  • This is the total course fee. Please note that the fees for our distance learning courses are based on where you will be residing in the world during your studies.

    Starting in April 2016

    • MA/MSc: £14,000
    • PGDip: £12,455

    Starting in October 2016 or April 2017

    • MA/MSc: £18,735
    • PGDip: £14,630
    Find out more about how to pay and fees and funding.

Career Opportunities

Our graduates are employed in some of the largest and most prestigious museums and galleries worldwide, in addition to some smaller specialist and local institutions. They include:

  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • British Natural History Museum
  • Chatsworth House
  • Christies
  • Greek Ministry of Culture
  • Greenwich Maritime Museum
  • Imperial War Museum
  • National Galleries of Scotland
  • National Museum Ireland
  • National Trust
  • Rollo Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Royal Armouries
  • Science Museum
  • Guggenheim Museum
  • The British Museum
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • York Castle Museum.
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Course Qualification Duration Start Dates Availability
Heritage and Interpretation MA 2 years by distance learning April and October each year Apply Now
Heritage and Interpretation MSc 2 years by distance learning April and October each year Apply Now
Heritage and Interpretation PGDip 18 months by distance learning April and October each year Apply Now
Course
Heritage and Interpretation
Qualification
MA
Duration
2 years by distance learning
Start Dates
April and October each year
Availability
Course
Heritage and Interpretation
Qualification
MSc
Duration
2 years by distance learning
Start Dates
April and October each year
Availability
Course
Heritage and Interpretation
Qualification
PGDip
Duration
18 months by distance learning
Start Dates
April and October each year
Availability