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Course summary

Prepare for an exciting future promoting a better understanding of the past. Our new MA Public History and Heritage offers a compelling combination of work experience, practical training and academic research.

  • 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.

Assessment method

Assessments will help you develop a wide range of research, critical thinking and presentational skills which are flexible and adaptable for a varied global market. For instance, in the Politics of History module, you will produce a ‘policy paper’ to present historical research in a format suitable to inform policy makers. Meanwhile, the Understanding Audiences and Audience Development module involves conducting audience research and evaluating actual data, working within a real heritage setting.


How to apply

International applicants

International applicants will also need to evidence sufficient English language skills, usually through achieving an average of at least 7.0 on IELTS with no individual component below 6.5.

Entry requirements

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


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £730* Module
Northern Ireland £730* Module
Scotland £730* Module
Wales £730* Module

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Public History and Heritage at University of Derby - UCAS