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Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 2-3 years

UK/EU fee

£9,090 (2020/21)

International fee

£9,090 (2020/21)

Course level

Postgraduate

Qualification

MA

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

The evidence of the past constantly surrounds us and is called upon, reshaped and reimagined in the present. This exciting Public History and Heritage Masters programme combines critical academic study of the role of history in the public sphere with practical experience and advanced training designed to prepare you for leadership roles in the heritage sector.

Heritage plays a key role in the global economy, driving international tourism and generating income for local communities. The heritage industry is now not only a major source of employment, but one of the most frequent ways that members of the public come into contact with the past. Our online Public History and Heritage programme has been launched to help you make the most of the many career opportunities emerging in this ever growing and developing industry and gain practical experience and advanced training for heritage sector roles.

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Strengthen your contacts in heritage and widen your industry knowledge

You will have the opportunity to work in industry in an organisation of your choice. This can be local and relevant to you with your passions and interests in mind. Our flourishing links with the heritage, creative and cultural industries on a global scale will give you access to producers of public history and heritage, such as local authorities, charitable trusts, businesses, community groups and private individuals. You will therefore gain unrivalled experience of the different practical, legal, commercial and management challenges facing the heritage sector today.

Bring heritage to life through the latest technology

In a world where technology is paramount, it is important for the heritage industry to develop and embrace new technologies to continue to engage visitors and attract new customers. Throughout the programme's modules we prepare you for changes in the industry using exciting new technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality to create your own virtual museum environment.

Learn from historians and heritage experts

This programme opens up a wide range of opportunities for you to network with heritage professionals inside and outside the classroom. You will be taught by a team of academic historians and heritage industry experts who can share cutting-edge practice in their fields. They include renowned researchers and authors, who work regularly as consultants on restoration projects and major exhibitions.

What you will study

The online MA Public History and Heritage programme comprises three progressive stages; Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert), Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) and Master of Arts (MA).

You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, totalling 180 credits to achieve the Masters:

A Postgraduate Certificate in Public History and Heritage can be obtained upon passing 3 modules (60 Credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma in Public History and Heritage can be obtained upon passing 6 modules (140 credits).

Master of Arts in Public History and Heritage can be obtained upon passing 6 modules and the Independent Study (180 credits).

We would encourage you to complete the full MA, but if you prefer, you can still gain an exit award at each stage: a PG Cert or a PG Dip.

You can also study the  full-time or part-time course on campus.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

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Study Public History and Heritage Online Webinar

Wednesday, 9 December 2020 11.00 - 12.00

Join this webinar to discover more about studying a Public History and Heritage MA Online at Derby. The webinar includes a 30 minute presentation from Dr Cath Feely, Academic Lead for Public History and Heritage.

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Entry requirements

You will require:

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need to have passed the International English Language Teaching System (IELTS) at the overall level IELTS 7.0, including a minimum score of 6.5 in each test category. Where appropriate, our International Admissions office can give further details, including information regarding approved IELTS test centres. The English language qualification required by this programme is at a higher level than that required for other university programmes: the reason for this is that throughout the MA programme you will have to work with the English language at an advanced level.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2020 and August 2021.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,010 7 (five 20 credit modules and two 40 credit modules) £9,090

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £1,010 7 (five 20 credit modules and two 40 credit modules) £9,090

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Masters funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

MA Public History and Heritage graduates typically go on to pursue a wide range of careers in roles such as Museum Curator, Archive Professional, Heritage Educator and Academic Researcher. Because the MA combines practical work experience with a Masters level dissertation based on thorough academic research, you will have a broad and flexible portfolio of skills to impress potential employers.

This course could also be the springboard for taking your studies to PhD level. The abilities you gain in independent learning, research and communication on the MA will prepare you well for the challenge.

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