Manchester Metropolitan University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Public History and Heritage (Taught)

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Course summary

Our specialised masters in Public History and Heritage draws on the research expertise of the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, providing students with access to archives, historians and networks far beyond just those in the University. The course trains students in the specifics of public history and heritage and is suitable for those considering a career in heritage management or associated fields, such as libraries and archives, tourism or local government, or wishing to progress onto higher research programmes. Features and Benefits

  • Professional skills - develop skills specific to the heritage industry, such as field-recording of heritage assets, the production of industry-standard reports, and the integration of heritage decision-making into various areas of public administration.
  • Exciting placements - work placements will introduce you to the real working environment and enable you to establish valuable contacts within the industry. Previous placements have included Manchester Histories, Sound Archives Unlocked, the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre, People’s History Museum, and a number of National Trust properties.
  • Industry connections - strong links with regional and national historians and archives.
  • Academic expertise - work alongside leading researchers whose published work covers a wide range of geographical and chronological areas including: women and slavery in America, medieval crusades, Tudor religion, early modern politics and culture, crime and the Victorian city, terrorism and political violence, museums and public policy.
  • Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage - draw on the expertise of the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage based in our department, where many of our academics are active researchers.
  • Hone your research skills – pursue your own original historical project that allows you to develop your research skills, with the aid of expert supervision.

Course details


Entry requirements

Graduates with a 2.1 degree or higher in History or associated discipline would be automatically considered. Those who achieve a 2.2 in History, or who have a Masters from a non-Humanities field will be considered on the merits of their individual application, and might be asked to submit, for example, a piece of written work. Those without a History degree or equivalent qualification will be considered if they have compensating industry experience. International students will be required to demonstrate a sufficiently high standard of English language ability. In order to enter most taught postgraduate courses, the English requirements are: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 575, TOEFL computer-based 230. International applicants who do not meet this criteria may be offered a place on an English language course at Manchester Metropolitan via our Centre for Academic English, before starting their taught MA programme. These courses vary in length from 8 to 30 weeks, depending on the language proficiency of the individual student.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

For further information: https://www2.mmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/
Public History and Heritage at Manchester Metropolitan University - UCAS