This is at the cutting edge of heritage education and gives you the opportunity to take part in creative projects, focussed case studies, and applied research. You will consider heritage education and learning in its various forms and in a wide range of local, national and international contexts. This course will encourage you to work on various sites and alongside specialists and will help you develop the knowledge, skills and networks that will assist you in your future career.
The course is delivered flexibly through campus-based and on-line teaching and learning. It is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it. Studies are supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors, and a well-developed and resourced virtual learning environment. You will benefit from other facilities and resources, such as the involvement of the University in managing the Sandford Award for Heritage Education.
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This course offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Heritage Education.
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Start Date: October
Typical Offer: Obtained, or predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject (or equivalent)
Institution Code: B38
UCAS Code: Apply through BGU
About the MA in Heritage Education at BGU
This course gives you the opportunity to review and take part in creative projects, focussed case studies, and applied research. You will consider heritage education and learning in its various forms and in a wide range of local, national and international contexts. Your studies will encourage you to work on various sites and alongside specialists.
The course is delivered flexibly through campus-based and online teaching and learning. It is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it. Studies are supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors, and a well-developed and resourced virtual learning environment. Students benefit from other facilities and resources, such as the involvement of the University in managing the highly regarded Sandford Award for Heritage Education.
You will be studying at the cutting edge of heritage education, gaining valuable practical experience and via a range of case- or site-based studies. The programme offers awards of Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the full MA Degree in Heritage Education.
By the end of the course, you will be fully equipped to progress onto a variety of careers in the field of heritage education, or further study, with a repertoire of skills and knowledge behind you.
What You Will Study
In your first year you will study Contemporary issues in Heritage Education, Heritage Learning, The Visitor Experience and Research Skills. Those studying part-time will also take the Contemporary Issues module, followed by either Heritage Education or The Visitor Experience.
During your second year, you will produce a Dissertation. The Dissertation comprises the final module of the programme for those completing the MA Degree. Students studying part-time move onto either Heritage Learning or the Visitor Experience, plus the Research Skills module.
If you are studying part-time students you will normally complete the MA Degree in your third year, undertaking the Dissertation module. This is the culmination of your studies and an opportunity to explore your interests in the heritage education field.
We use a wide range of different types of assessment throughout the course, including essays, impact reports, resource packs, research portfolios and a dissertation. We support you in this work through a mix of campus-based and at-a-distance teaching, with lectures, site visits and workshops, and also discussion and interaction via a virtual learning environment.
You will need to have obtained, or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree with a minimum of lower second class honours (or equivalent).
In addition, all students will need to pay £57.20 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service. A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.
If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email email@example.com.
BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.
Accreditation for Prior Learning
If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for this.
Careers and Further Study
Once you graduate from this course you have many career opportunities available to you within the heritage sector. You can work for a wide range of local and national heritage organisations, start a heritage education business or pursue linked careers in the education sector.
Fees and Funding
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The standard international fee will be £12,500 for this course.
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How To Apply
For the following MA Programmes, you must apply directly to BGU (Admissions). Please click on your chosen course for the relevant application form and information:
MA in Community Archaeology
MA in Education
MA in Education with TESOL (please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your interest in this course before completing the Application Form)
MA in English Literature
MA in Health and Social Care
MA in Heritage Education
MA in History
MA in Theology
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Bishop Grosseteste University
You will cover a number of modules during the study of this course. Some of which might be:
- Contemporary Issues in Heritage
Explore a range of theoretical debates and practical issues in heritage, making particular reference to ideas and approaches in heritage education and learning contexts.
- Heritage Learning
Examine the development of and issues in heritage learning theory to inform the design and testing of a heritage learning resource.
- The Visitor Experience
Consider visitors, their experience of heritage, and how their education and learning can be supported through observing visitor behaviour.
- Research Skills
Research key concepts and approaches in heritage learning and education research and practitioner enquiry, and refine these through application within a defined context.
Survey of Lincoln
Five members of staff and two former BGU students have contributed to the latest volume of the Survey of Lincoln series: Lincoln’s City Centre – North of the River Witham. The BGU staff involved and their contributions comprised of:
- Dr Mick Jones – the archaeology of the area
- Dr Chris Bonfield – Lincoln’s early schools
- Dr Hazel Kent – cinemas
- Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall – The Drill Hall
- Dr Andrew Jackson – the Cooperative Society.
Lesley Clarke, a former BGU student, provided chapters on Greyfriars and the Central Library while Helen Durham along with Professor Heather Hughes of Lincoln University, presented a chapter on the visitor economy in central Lincoln. The support of BGU to this volume is recognised in a feature within the Lincolnshire Echo, (25 November).
Ruston & Hornsby Heritage Lottery Fund Project
Bishop Grosseteste University is involved in helping to save the records of Ruston & Hornsby which was a major Lincoln company, exporting products all over the world (Siemens being the successor company).
Students and volunteers alike are working on the current project, scanning over 150,000 photographic negatives of engineering plans and products. The negatives are in danger of being lost as they have a limited lifespan and are now beginning to decay. This will contribute towards an online catalogue on the ‘Lincs to the Past’ website which will not only preserve the images but will make them freely accessible worldwide.
The project is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is being steered by The Lincolnshire Archives. A major partner in the project is also the University of Lincoln, who now owns the archive.
Useful Links and Further Information
Sally, MA in Heritage Education student
I chose this course because it was the change I needed. It has made me get out and about, volunteering at all sorts of different heritage sites and seeing how they operate.
News and Events
The Heritage team at BGU organise a range of events each year, including conferences, seminars, workshops, film screening and guest lectures. These are regularly open to students and the public. History staff are also to found giving lectures and presentations or involved in other activities in the region and elsewhere.
Check out our latest events and why our Heritage team has been in the news below.
News - BBC Radio Lincolnshire Armistice Day
Dr Andrew Jackson made an appearance at the BBC Radio Lincolnshire Armistice Day Live Broadcast on 11 November 2015. He talked about his work on the WWI home-front poet, Bernard Samuel Gilbert and was joined by Maureen Sutton, local poet and folklorist, who read out some of Gilbert’s wartime poetry in dialect.