10 Jul 2013
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Two UK universities, the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage at the University of Birmingham, and Durham University are launching new Masters courses in 2013 in cultural and world heritage management.  The Ironbridge course is an MA in World Heritage Studies, which aims to provide students with the skills 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  and includes a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris.  Core modules include:

  • Critical Approaches to World Heritage
  • Issues in World Heritage Management
  • Tourism Management at World Heritage Sites
  • World Heritage Case Study
  • Research Methods and Skills

with optional modules in heritage marketing, interpretation and conservation management, and digital cultures.  

At Durham University, the new MA in International Cultural Heritage Management is also linked to a World Heritage site - Durham - and the course looks at the significance of international cultural heritage and how it can be managed in a changing and complex world.  There are two routes through the MA - one is a cultural heritage route, concluding with a dissertation, and the second is a professional practice route, including an analytical case study report.  Modules include Cultural Heritage, Communities and Identities, and a double unit on Managing Cultural Heritage in Context.  As part of the international focus of the programme, students can learn a language or take an elective module from a range including one on the Ethics of Cultural Heritage run by the Department of Philosophy.