Heritage Degrees

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

Study for an MA in History


Our taught MA in History programme takes an innovative approach to the study of history by connecting the local to the global. Covering the period from 1550 to the present, you will explore the impact of big historical forces on everyday lives.

You will take two subject modules in the first semester:

Money-makers, Murderers, Medics and Mothers uncovers the multifaceted nature of women’s lives in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.  In Local and Global you will examine the impact of the development of consumer societies on communities and cultures from the 18th to the 21st centuries.

In the second semester, you will explore the effects of major changes in global history on individual lives and communities in Britain and other parts of the world in History from the Street.

Alongside these subject modules, you will take two research methods modules:

Semester A will support you as you transition from undergraduate to postgraduate studies. Semester B will train you to write for different audiences and help you prepare for your dissertation.

The programme is offered full time (1 year) and part-time (2 years) and is taught through seminars in the evenings.

Assessment is through coursework, culminating in a 15,000-word dissertation on a topic of your choice, supervised by an expert in the field.

Follow the link to find out more and to apply: MA in History programme

Deadline for applications for September enrolment is July 2020.

Email Dr Katrina Navickas for more information on pursuing an MA in History or call on 01707 285624.

Study for an MA in Folklore Studies

An exciting new programme is now being offered at the University of Hertfordshire for anyone curious about the traditions we follow, the customs we practice, and the legends we tell.

From this September, the University will be running (both full-time and part-time) the only MA in Folklore Studies in England. It offers students with an Honours degree in a range of related subjects (such as History, English Literature, Anthropology, Archaeology, and Sociology) a thorough grounding in the history of the discipline of Folklore and current work in the field.

This distinctive programme combines breadth with depth of study through wide-ranging but inter-connected modules with a focus on legend, ritual, belief, and tradition in British society.

Students will also explore Folklore in comparative international contexts and consider its global importance as an aspect of UNESCO’s definition of Intangible Cultural Heritage. See the course website for further details.

Email Professor Owen Davies or Dr Ceri Houlbrook if you have any questions.

Study for an 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.

Study for a Professional Doctorate in Heritage in 2020

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.

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Study for an 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.

Study for an MSc in Sustainable Planning

The 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.

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