Course summary

This Masters course will allow you to study at the cutting-edge of heritage education, gaining valuable experience via a range of case or site-based studies. You will have the opportunity to take part in creative projects, focused case studies and applied research whilst considering heritage education and learning in its various forms and in a wide range of local, national and international contexts.

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1 or 2 years

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

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. It is designed for those already employed in the sector as well as those seeking to enter it.

Your studies will be supported by a dedicated team of specialist tutors, and a well-developed and well-resourced virtual learning environment. You may also benefit from other facilities and resources, such as the current involvement of the University in managing the Sandford Award for 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 supporting you.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

This is an introductory module for the Heritage Education programme. The module explores a range of theoretical debates and practical issues in heritage. Within this broad context particular reference is made to key themes and issues in the heritage education and learning. The module will prepare you for the case-specific and more detailed areas of investigation to be studied in the 'Heritage Learning' and 'Visitor Experience.' modules.

This module examines the development of and issues in heritage learning theory. This will inform the design and testing of a heritage learning resource. Practical experience on-site or case-study settings will give you the opportunity to trial approaches to teaching and learning and then evaluate their impact, developing your capacity to plan and evaluate changes in policy on learning strategies at heritage sites.

This module considers visitors, their experience of heritage, and how their education and learning can be supported. Practical experience in a site or casebased study contexts will give you the opportunity to initiate and implement a visitor study, allowing you to demonstrate your critical understanding of specific tools and research strategies, and to evaluate at first-hand people’s perceptions on the impact of different approaches to visitors.

This module will give you the opportunity to undertake a substantial research project in heritage education and learning, culminating in the production of a dissertation. A series of general workshops, supervisor-guided tutorials and scheduled submission dates for drafts will direct and advise you through the module. You will define your field of study and main research questions, devise a methodology, data gather, undertake analysis, identify recommendations, and write up your final work.

This module provides an opportunity for you to critically explore a range a resources and approaches taken to the curation, interpretation and dissemination of heritage through digital formats and applications. You will review both the physical and virtual digital resources in heritage contexts and also explore the professional uses, challenges and benefits of social media for practitioners in this area.

This module provides an opportunity for you to audit and develop your range of research skills, informing study for the Dissertation module. The purpose of this module is to highlight key concepts and approaches in community archaeology and related heritage studies research and practitioner enquiry, and to refine these through application within a defined context.

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a Humanities or Social Sciences subject (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

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Further information

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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 Accredited Prior Learning.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

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.


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.

Careers & 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.


Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.