6 June 2013
New MA World Heritage Studies at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
World Heritage, both tangible and intangible, increasingly affects a significant proportion of the world’s population and is now an essential concept for all engaged in the protection, development and management of heritage. This unique one-year programme is aimed at those who wish to acquire both a deeper understanding of the concepts and processes surrounding World Heritage in its cultural forms (tangible and intangible), its natural forms and as cultural landscapes. This course will provide you with necessary skills that will allow you to critically appraise and effectively manage World Heritage and its impacts in a sustainable manner. It is linked to the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage site, providing you with a unique academic experience and offering you access to unrivalled resources and over 25 years of management expertise.
As well as providing you with an excellent grounding for working in the heritage sector, the course offers ideal preparation for PhD study. The MA World Heritage Studies draws upon international cases and practical experience and will provide you with an insight into the processes of World Heritage inscription and management. In addition it will allow you to take an informed position in policy debates regarding the implications of designation for local and national identities, community well-being and tourism and associated development.
You will study five core modules:
- Critical Approaches to World Heritage
- Issues in World Heritage Management
- Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites
- World Heritage Case Study
- Research Methods and Skills
You will also choose one optional module from a selection. Modules include:
- Heritage Marketing
- Heritage Interpretation
- Heritage Conservation Management
- Digital Cultures
The programme also features a visit to the World Heritage Centre at UNESCO, Paris, to learn directly of the challenges of linking the protection and conservation of Sites with present and future environmental, social and economic needs. You will complete the MA with a 15,000 word dissertation on a topic of your choice, relevant to World Heritage.
Start date: September 2013