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Cultural Property Protection, MLitt, Newcastle University

the United Kingdom

Newcastle University

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About Cultural Property Protection, MLitt - at Newcastle University

The Cultural Property Protection (CPP) MLitt is a flexible research programme offering a bespoke specialist CPP qualification, fully supported by world-class experts in the field.

About this course

You will be suitable for this course if you are:

  • interested in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict or following natural disasters
  • a recent graduate considering PhD research in this field
  • a member of the armed forces seeking a professional CPP qualification
  • a heritage professional seeking a professional CPP qualification

The Cultural Property Protection MLitt is a bespoke researched based programme with some taught elements. The taught research methods part of the programme provides structured learning. This is ideal if you're unfamiliar with academic research or have been away from academia for a long time.

What you'll learn

You'll develop research and presentation skills in the taught component. You will gain a key grounding in the policies and practice surrounding cultural property protection in armed conflict and disasters from different perspectives, including:

  • governments
  • the armed forces
  • international organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's)
  • heritage professionals.

Modules will enable you to develop:

  • advanced knowledge of critiques of cultural heritage destruction and protection as contested arenas
  • advanced knowledge of contemporary armed conflict in relation to CPP, examining various conflicts and actors
  • advanced knowledge of national and international legal, ethical, and policy frameworks, and military doctrine
  • a critical and discriminating understanding of the role of various actors in heritage destruction and protection
  • a critical and discriminating understanding of the technologies available for cultural property protection.

Your development

The programme is in Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH), within the School of Arts and Cultures. This is a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies with a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community of:

  • postgraduate research students
  • experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields

The flexible nature of the assignments make this programme easy to modify to suit your particular interests. It is particularly suitable for part-time students. You'll have the opportunity to advance your career and knowledge through research. The assignments allow you to explore a variety of smaller topics or carry out in-depth research around a more focused topic.

You will increase your knowledge in your chosen topics. You'll also develop a broad range of research and project management skills. Through taught modules and research projects, you will develop broader competencies, including:

  • conducting critical reviews of literature, legal frameworks, doctrine, and heritage management instruments
  • data collection and management using multiple sources
  • synthesising, evaluating, and presenting complex material and advanced analytical conclusions to different audiences using appropriate techniques
  • applying subject-related knowledge and advanced theoretical models to international case studies
  • information technology skills by supporting your assignments and oral presentations appropriately
  • the ability to observe professional and academic standards, including appropriate use of relevant ethical codes of practice.

Notes about fees for this course

See Fees and Funding tab in the Programme information in our online Prospectus.

Entry requirements

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, (or relevant sector experience) in a subject relevant to the research proposal.

Appropriate degree areas include:

  • heritage management, archaeology, classics, history, architecture
  • disaster and emergency management and humanitarian response
  • international relations
  • communications and media 
  • peacebuilding
  • terrorism, security studies, criminology, and other similar fields

Depending on the focus, a number of other courses may also offer suitable backgrounds for this programme, such as:

  • anthropology
  • philosophy
  • geography

 Science and engineering subjects are not normally accepted but will be considered if you have good relevant professional experience following graduation/post-degree.

We will also consider applicants with non-degree level qualifications as long you also have a minimum of five years relevant sector experience. Relevant industry experience can include such things as:

  • serving in the armed forces
  • a position involving heritage or museum management, or heritage project delivery
  • humanitarian and disaster response.

English Language Requirements

To study this course you need to meet our Band English Language Requirements.

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry 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).

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