Public History and Heritage MA

University of Derby Online Learning


£8,820 inc VAT
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Prices correct for 2019/2020 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.

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Online with live classes
3 Years, Part-time
Level 7 Master of Arts (Ma)
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The evidence of the past constantly surrounds us and is called upon, reshaped and reimagined in the present. This exciting Public History and Heritage Masters programme combines critical academic study of the role of history in the public sphere with practical experience and advanced training designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the heritage sector.

This course has 3 intakes per year: September, January and May.


Level 7 Master of Arts (Ma)
Awarded by University of Derby


Heritage plays a key role in the global economy, driving international tourism and generating income for local communities. The heritage industry is now not only a major source of employment but one of the most frequent ways that members of the public come into contact with the past. Our online Public History and Heritage programme has been launched to help you make the most of the many career opportunities emerging in this ever growing and developing industry and gain practical experience and advanced training for heritage sector roles.

You will have the opportunity to work in industry in an organisation of your choice. This can be local and relevant to you with your passions and interests in mind. Our flourishing links with the heritage, creative and cultural industries on a global scale will give you access to producers of public history and heritage, such as local authorities, charitable trusts, businesses, community groups and private individuals. You will therefore gain unrivalled experience of the different practical, legal, commercial and management challenges facing the heritage sector today.

In a world where technology is paramount it is important for the heritage industry to develop and embrace new technologies to continue to engage visitors and attract new customers. Throughout this programme, we prepare you for changes in the industry using exciting new technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality to create your own virtual museum environment.

Youll have opportunities to network with heritage professionals inside and outside the virtual classroom. You will be taught by a team of academic historians and heritage industry experts who can share cutting-edge practice in their fields. They include renowned researchers and authors, who work regularly as consultants on restoration projects and major exhibitions.


You will require:

  • A 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject area
  • If you don’t have a degree, we can consider your application if supported by significant experience in the heritage sector.

If English is not your first language, you will need an English language qualification such as:

  • IELTS 7.0 (minimum of 6.5 in any areas)

Career path

MA Public History and Heritage graduates typically go on to pursue a wide range of careers in roles such as Museum Curator, Archive Professional, Heritage Educator and Academic Researcher. Because the MA combines practical work experience with a masters level dissertation based on thorough academic research, you will have a broad and flexible portfolio of skills to impress potential employers.

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