Heritage courses

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Take part in short courses and training sessions for those interested in history and heritage run by the University of Hertfordshire.

Study at the University of Hertfordshire

Explore the wide range of full-time and part-time courses on offer at the University of Hertfordshire.

MA in Creative Writing

The Masters in Creative Writing offers a range of distinct creative practices and theoretical approaches.

The course aims to develop professional skills in the area of Creative Writing by giving students the opportunity to implement their creative practice more broadly in professional settings, including:

  • museums
  • libraries
  • archives
  • schools

With up-to-date, relevant skills, understanding and knowledge, graduates of this MA will be prepared for employment in a variety of fields, such as working creatively with organisations, professional writing and other related professions.

The MA can be taken as a one-year full time course or a two-year part-time course.

Find out more about the MA in Creative Writing.

MA by Research (History)

The MA by Research in History can be taken full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 years).

It is based on the development and completion of a discreet research project in any field of History for which expert supervision can be provided.

The resulting thesis, which should normally be around 20-25,000 words in length, is defended in an oral examination led by an external examiner.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated through their research:

  • the exercise of independent critical powers
  • technical competence in their chosen field
  • appropriate knowledge
  • use of research methods and of other relevant work

MA by Research students are strongly recommended to attend relevant sessions of the University of Hertfordshire's Generic Training for Research programme, and will be required to attend postgraduate research methods modules in History.

Email Professor Sarah Lloyd for more information on pursuing an MA by Research on a Heritage-related topic.

MSc in Sustainable Planning

The UH Sustainable Planning Masters Module on Urban Design and Conservation focuses on the heritage related area of urban conservation - a discipline that is currently undergoing significant changes, with implications for up to date planning approaches.

The emphasis of the Module is on acquiring a good understanding of conservation approaches and the relationship between the historic city, built and cultural heritage and the planning system.

The conservation aspects of the module explain the contribution that planning can make to the heritage of built and natural environment through a good understanding of the latest in conservation theory and practice, and in particular recognise the implications of climate change for place shaping.

Students have the opportunity to:

  • evaluate key concepts in conservation
  • gain an advanced knowledge of the potential of conservation methods and strategies in a range of contemporary contexts
  • develop a critical understanding of how conservation can aid sustainable urban living in national and international contexts

Students are able to develop critical skills in conservation analysis, an ability to evaluate and generate conservation strategies based on sound investigation, and develop familiarity with key design and presentational skills relevant to conservation practice.

Find out more about the MSc in Sustainable Planning.

Professional Doctorate in Heritage

The School of Humanities hosts a unique Professional Doctorate in Heritage. Professional Doctorates are different from traditional PhDs. Students are typically experienced in their field and want to study a relevant topic at an advanced level alongside their work commitments. The DHeritage offers professionals the opportunity for advanced study of key issues in the contemporary heritage sector.

The heritage sector is a crucial contributor to the UK economy and one that draws great public interest. It is dynamic and diverse, involving areas such as:

  • historic preservation
  • education and interpretation
  • tourism
  • engagement with businesses or communities
  • planning and policy

Developed in association with heritage partners, DHeritage is a broad-based, flexible qualification with scope to include a work-related project and a range of interdisciplinary interests from digital learning to community engagement. Students will be able to work across the disciplines of history, education, creative arts, geography and urban planning, business and tourism. The doctorate has a strong emphasis on the theory and practice of Heritage and Public History internationally, and their role in policy.

One-day workshops on a range of topics, such as cultural memory, ethics and digital futures, will help students develop their research projects.

The DHeritage brings together students from different backgrounds and provides a stimulating context in which they can share and develop their knowledge and reflect on the latest thinking and practice.

See the DHeritage webpage or email the DHeritage Programme Director,Professor Grace Lees-Maffei for more information.

History students and staff at Cumberland Lodge