If you are passionate about the ways in which cultural heritage shapes and reflects people's lives, hopes, and memories around the world, then our MA in International Cultural Heritage Management (MA ICHM) is the perfect choice for you. With this programme we will support you as part of the next generation of leaders in the field, equipping you with the skills to contribute to the complex challenges of developing cultural heritage in an increasingly globalised and changeable world. We have designed this degree to build upon our unique situation, living and working within a World Heritage Site - you will explore the concepts underlying the idea of cultural heritage and investigate the social, political, and economic impact of a variety of local, national, and international heritage organisations.
There are two routes through the MA: the Cultural Heritage Research route which concludes with a dissertation, or the Professional Practice Route which concludes with an analytical case study report.
Placements, which normally total about 30 days, are a key element of the programme. These are project-based and use reflective practice to help you develop your skills. The aim is to find you a placement project which best enables you to develop your intellectual and professional interests as well as contributing to the activities and projects of your host organisation – so you can take this developing professional expertise forward into your career. MA International Cultural Heritage Management Students have done some amazing projects in heritage organisations around the world – and some have even been offered their first heritage job in their placement organisation. Due to the impact of Covid-19, students in 2019-2020 undertook a range of different activities for their placements, ranging from traditional on-site placements to virtual placements and professional research practice projects. They explored a wide range of critical contemporary issues through these different ways of engaging with professional practice in the sector.
A Professional Practice Research Project is available for students for whom a Placement is not an appropriate choice. In this, students identify and research a key issue in contemporary professional practice in cultural heritage and produce a comparable portfolio.
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The International Cultural Heritage Masters programme at Durham University was a one-year intensive programme that challenged and helped develop my management, research and analytical skills. The course covered every aspect of heritage management by introducing us to the various spectres of heritage and how one can deal with them. We were also lucky to go see some of the best heritage sites in the United Kingdom and interact with the people working there.