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Heritage Management (Subject to approval*)

MA ( 1 year Full-time / 2 years Part-time )


This programme has been developed and will be delivered collaboratively through a new partnership between Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Historic Royal Palaces (HRP).  The course will provide you with a sound foundation in critical analysis as well as the professional values, skills and experiences that are rooted in making HRP distinctive and successful.  Designed to equip future heritage sector leaders to address the managerial, intellectual, cultural, social and technical challenges of maintaining and sharing heritage sites with current and future stakeholders; this programme will provide a deep and embodied understanding of the history, theory, practice and practicalities of heritage management. 

*All new courses are required to undergo a two-stage internal review and approval process before being advertised to students. Courses that are marked "subject to approval" have successfully completed the first stage of this process. Applications are welcome but we will not make formal offers for this course until it has passed this second (and final) stage.


A combination of academic study with professional masterclasses and workplace experience will give you access to leading thinkers and practitioners in the heritage sector and help to prepare you for leadership roles or further research in the future.

Semester 1


Heritage: History, Theory and Practice

Managing Heritages at Historical Royal Palaces

Leadership Seminar



History of Cultural Industries

Organising in the Creative and Cultural Industries

Introduction to Marketing Management

Ethnography of Communication


Semester 2


Managing Heritages at Historical Royal Palaces

Research Design and Methods

Leadership Seminar



Funding and Financing*

Project Management *

Leadership in the Social and Public Sectors

Entrepreneurship and Innovation*

Organisational Development and Transformation

*NB: Students must take one elective from Funding and Finance, Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Project Management


Semester 3

Two core modules:

Dissertation in Heritage Management

Professional Practice in Heritage Management 

Note: The modules are correct at the time of reading.  However we constantly review and update our modules, meaning that they may be subject to change in the future.

Entry requirements

A good upper second class honours degree or equivalent in any subject.  For students whose first language is not English, we shall require an IELTS 7.0 (with 6.0 in writing) or equivalent is required.

International applicants:

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find details on our English language entry requirements

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme.

For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

Contact hours

Undertaking a Masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Learning and teaching

Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and a virtual learning environment. You can expect two to three hours of contact time per module, per week.

Independent study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Teaching for all modules includes a combination of lectures, seminars and interaction with the Virtual Learning Environment. A wide range of assessment techniques are used, including coursework examinations and a dissertation. Coursework may take the form of an individual and/or group assignment, individual and/or group presentations or invigilated tests. Examinations take place in May or early June. Students must achieve an overall pass in the taught element in order to progress to their dissertation which must also be passed for a degree to be awarded.


Over the summer term, you will write a dissertation.

This can be a practice orientated project of your choice, on a company or an industry you choose.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £10,500

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £17,000


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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