Public History and Heritage (MA)

the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study

Domestic course fees
GBP 680 per module

How you will study
full-time, part-time

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 14250 per total

All study options

About Public History and Heritage at University of Derby

  • Develop both intellectual and professional skills for leadership roles in the public history, heritage and cultural industries
  • Study in a historic city and county, surrounded by visitor attractions including country houses, museums and industrial archaeology
  • Gain practical experience of the heritage industry, with work-based consultancies to enhance your employability
  • Build your networks and undertake fascinating real-world projects, drawing on our links with local, national and international heritage organisations
  • Explore public history and heritage at a global level, underpinned by our partnerships with universities overseas
  • Be inspired by our dedicated, enthusiastic teaching team, including historians who are published experts in their field and heritage professionals with vast industry experience

With a dynamic and innovative curriculum, our new MA programme enables you to focus on the role of history in the public sphere and equips you for careers ranging from museum curation to heritage education.

Join a thriving industry

The evidence of the past surrounds us and is constantly called upon, reshaped and reimagined in the present.

Research conducted byHistoric Englandin 2015 revealed how heritage now plays a key role in the broader economy of the UK, driving international tourism and generating income for local communities.

The strong growth in visitor numbers at historic properties since 2001 also underlines how the heritage industry is not only a major source of employment but also one of the most frequent ways that members of the public engage with the past.

Our MA Public History and Heritage has been launched to help you make the most of the many career opportunities emerging in this burgeoning industry. It offers a relatively rare opportunity to undertake masters level academic research while gaining practical experience and advanced training in heritage sector roles.

Immerse yourself in Derbyshire's history

Where better to study public history and heritage than Derbyshire? From fine aristocratic estates to the archaeology of the Industrial Revolution, our county encapsulates many aspects of England's historical experience.

Heritage attractions such as museums, galleries and country houses are key to our city and county's appeal, with annual visitor numbers reaching almost 40 million.

As part of your studies, you will explore a range of heritage sites with global significance. These include the UNESCO-recognised Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site which lies only minutes away from our Derby campus, and various National Trust and English Heritage properties.

Strong industry partnerships

Our flourishing links with the heritage, creative and cultural industries will open doors for you. The course gives 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 sector today.

Our partnerships span organisations with international profiles. As well as Derwent Valley Mills, they include Derby Museums Trust, which incorporates the Derby Silk Mill, site of the world's first factory now being redeveloped as a

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-time, Part-timeHow long you will study find out
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 680 per moduleInternational course feesGBP 14250 per total

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements are a 2:1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject or relevant professional experience in the heritage sector.

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