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MA, PgD, PgC in Professional Practice in Heritage Management

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One year full-time.

Three years part-time.

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Qualifications, practice and management experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please see Entry Requirements below.

Next available intake: September 2020


Available as an MA, PgD or PgC. The heritage sector employs 278,000 people in the UK, and heritage tourism generated £16.4 billion from international and domestic visitors.

The MA in Professional Practice in Heritage Management will help you to explore, protect, conserve and interpret the past to give it a sustainable future.

The course emphasis is on the knowledge, skills and experience of leadership, management and business that are necessary for you to become an effective heritage manager.

Course modules

Professional Practice in Heritage Management is available at Masters, PG Diploma and PG Certificate level. 

Full downloadable information regarding all University of Suffolk courses, including Key Facts, Course Aims, Course Structure and Assessment, is available in the Definitive Course Record.

The Present Past: Philosophy and Practice of Heritage (mandatory)
Interrogating the Past: Research Methods and Skills (mandatory)
Conservation and Stewardship of the Historic Environment (mandatory)
Heritage Practice (mandatory)
Developing a Heritage Fundraising Strategy: Seeking Finance for Major Projects (optional)
Working with People: Engaging and Managing Staff. Volunteers and Supporters (optional)
Learning through Heritage: Approaches to Interpretation (optional)
Audience Development: Communication, Promotion and Marketing (optional)
Events Management for Heritage and Museums (optional)
Practical Collections Management (optional)
Dissertation (mandatory)

Career opportunities

The MA in Professional Practice in Heritage Management encourages you to consider career options in the heritage sector from the outset of the course, and it enables you to shape career direction through the choice of modules, the direction of the elective module, and the subject matter of the dissertation.

You will grow and deepen cognitive and critical skills, and personal and key skills, which will enable you to successfully undertake a wide range of professional roles outside heritage management.

Fees and finance


  • Full-time tuition fee: £7,830 p.a.
  • Part-time tuition fee: £870 per 20 credits (please contact the Infozone for further information)
  • International tuition fee: £11,790 p.a.

Further Information

  • 20% reduction in fees for University of Suffolk graduates
  • Also see Postgraduate Study (/content/postgraduate-fees-and-finance) within Student Finance

At the University of Suffolk, your tuition fees provide access to all the usual teaching and learning facilities that you would expect. However, there may be additional costs associated with your course that you will need to budget for.


Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

Hold a Bachelor's (Honours) degree or other equivalent qualification; or be currently working the field of heritage management and can demonstrate through professional or vocational achievement an academic standard equivalent to a Bachelor's (Honours) degree.

Also see How to Apply.

Non-Academic Requirements

You will be invited to an informal meeting via telephone, Skype or face-to-face.

International Requirements

IELTS 7.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) where English is not the students' first language.

Also see International and EU.

Transferring Credit

If you have previously studied at higher education level before you may be able to transfer credits to a related course at the University of Suffolk and reduce the period of study time necessary to achieve your degree.


Director of Heritage Futures

Facilities and Resources

The course is delivered in the modern Waterfront Building in Ipswich. This is an inspiring location not least because of its views over the Marina, and is the focal point of an extremely well-resourced campus.

The course will be working with heritage partners in the region to expose you a range of types of heritage locations.