Key Course Facts
Our Heritage Studies courses will give you the opportunity to develop your knowledge and skill in heritage management, heritage education and interpretation. Coupled with a work placement within a relevant heritage organisation, this course will prepare you for, or progress, a successful career in the heritage sector.
The course covers key aspects of heritage tourism and visitor engagement, drawing on experiences from expert staff and visiting speakers and visits to local heritage sites. It encourages a hands-on approach and involves major input by heritage professionals from the region and beyond. Alongside freelance heritage consultants, these professionals work in organisations including: •Historic England •the National Trust •the National Park Authority.
When you graduate from this course you will be equipped to pursue a career in the heritage sector, conduct further research or choose to continue your studies with the work-based Heritage Practice MPrac.
You will have input from professional and academic experts with substantial experience of working in the heritage and tourism sectors in various countries. Some of our academic staff include:
Professor Peter Stone, OBE, UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace Peter teaches and researches in heritage management, interpretation and education. He also holds a number of senior positions, including: •Secretary General of the Association of National Committees of the Blue Shield •Chairman of the UK National Committee of the Blue Shield •Member of the UK National Commission for UNESCO's Expert Network •UNESCO Chair in Cultural Property Protection and Peace.
Dr Aron Mazel, Reader in Heritage Studies: Aron has a wide range of research interests, including: •the management and interpretation of tangible and intangible heritage •museum history •the construction of the hunter-gatherer past •dating of rock art •Northumberland rock art.
Our courses are based in Media, Culture, Heritage. They are also affiliated with the International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies (ICCHS), a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies.
ICCHS has a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community made up of postgraduate research students and experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.
The course covers all aspects of heritage work and we use a variety of teaching and learning strategies to help you achieve your learning objectives. This includes a large proportion of guided independent study. Scheduled contact time is at our Newcastle city centre campus and includes: •lectures •seminars and practical sessions •workshops.
The academic year usually starts in late September with Welcome Week. We provide a unique blend of theoretical knowledge, understanding and practical experience. This means you will have a mixture of taught modules and work-based placements.
You will take five compulsory modules, with a further choice of two possible pathways.
Part time study consists of the same modules and options as the full time course, but spread over a longer period.
Work placements or work related-projects are usually off campus. You will have the opportunity to complete a placement in a suitable gallery, museum, or heritage site. This could be either 12 days long or 6 weeks long, depending on which pathway you chose in Semester 2.
You will have access to our top quality facilities within Media, Culture, Heritage and across the University.
Entry Requirements / Admissions
Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Foundation / Pathway Courses
- Graduate Degrees
- Undergraduate Degrees
Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Heritage Studies, PgDip, if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.
A 2:1 honours degree, or an international equivalent, in any subject. We will also consider your application if you have: •non-standard qualifications •relevant professional experience in the museum, gallery and heritage sectors. If you have borderline or non-standard qualifications we may ask for more information. You may need to attend an interview either in person, via telephone or Skype. International Students: To study this course you need to meet the following English Language requirements: Direct Entry: IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 6.0 in writing, 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in all other sub-skills). Pre-sessional English Language courses are accepted as an alternative entry to this course. Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests. The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.
Average student cost of living in the UK
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|Takeaways / food deliveries||£30|
|Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food)||£24|
|Holidays and weekend trips||£78|
|Transport within city||£17|
|Self-care / sports||£20|
|Stationary / books||£13|
|Mobile phone / internet||£13|
|Cable TV / streaming||£7|
|Average student cost of living||£1092|
London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.
Positions of Newcastle University in top UK and global rankings.
About Newcastle University
Founded in 1834, Newcastle University is located in the small city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Less than an hour’s bus ride from the coast, this institution of higher education offers Undergraduates modern lecture theatres, state-of-the-art laboratories, and spaces for socialising and for being creative such as their Fine Arts Hub. Postgraduate students have their own library, complete with a laptop loan system and assistance from knowledgeable librarians to ensure that students have every means of succeeding.
Student composition of Newcastle University
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Museum and Heritage Development MA||Nottingham Trent University||-||-||-||£4250||£7750||-||Nottingham||On campus Part-time|
|Heritage Management MA||Bath Spa University||-||-||-||£7790||£15070||-||Bath||On campus Full-time|
|Museum and Heritage Studies MLitt||University of St Andrews||-||-||-||£9900||£20370||-||St Andrews||On campus Full-time|
|Heritage Studies PgDip||The University of Manchester||-||-||-||£3500||£7000||-||Manchester||On campus Part-time|
|Culture, Heritage and Leisure Management MSc||London Metropolitan University||-||-||-||£1035||£1805||-||London||On campus Part-time|
|International Heritage Management and Consultancy PgCert||University of Exeter||-||-||-||-||-||-||Exeter||On campus Full-time|
|Heritage Studies PgDip||Newcastle University||-||-||-||-||-||-||Newcastle||On campus Part-time|
|Heritage and Archaeology PgDip||The University of Sheffield||-||-||-||-||-||-||Sheffield||On campus Full-time|