Archaeology - World Heritage Management & Conservation

- The only World Heritage Management course in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in the world.

- A multidisciplinary programme, the course recognises that heritage encompasses the natural, cultural, tangible, intangible and moveable.

- An innovative programme, we strive to demonstrate the shared challenges faced by heritage locally, nationally and internationally and provide practical training in how to address them.

- Visit Ireland's most iconic World Heritage Site, Bru na Boinne.

Vision and Values Statement
Heritage managers play a significant role in planning site management, ensuring sustainability, contributing to sustainable development and transforming the function of heritage in the life of the community. The UCD Masters Programme in World Heritage Management & Conservation is aimed at students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to excel at managing cultural and natural heritage sites and protected areas. We value motivated students who show a commitment and enthusiasm for tackling conservation challenges and recognise their responsibility as global citizens.

As a multi-disciplinary subject, heritage studies incorporates a wide diversity of heritage resources valued differently by many stakeholders. At UCD we recognise heritage encompasses natural, cultural, tangible, intangible and moveable assets that face many challenges. A key issue in the management of these resources is that cultural and natural features are treated separately even though they face similar challenges and are functionally interlinked. Our unique programme strives to account for these interlinkages in the management of cultural and natural heritages by removing dichotomy and considering them holistically. In doing so we can welcome students from diverse backgrounds and offer you the skills and expertise needed to deal with heritage management and conservation as a whole.

This innovative programme demonstrates the shared challenges to heritage conservation locally, nationally and internationally and provides practical training in how to address them. Furthermore, in recognition of the fact that the importance of heritage is interpreted through how it is valued, we also provide training in how to recognise stakeholders, collate and accommodate their perspectives and mediate and resolve conflict where stakeholders have conflicting interests.

This will be achieved through the use of in-depth globally sourced case studies, national and international field trips (COVID-19 restrictions allowing) and classroom-based training with visiting speakers enabling students to observe best practices in heritage management. Our interactive and supportive learning environment will encourage students to develop their capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, project management and teamwork. The assessment strategy is designed to replicate real-life scenarios and include tasks such as role play, compiling or evaluating management and communication plans, using maps and IT software to assist in inventorying and monitoring as well as critically assessing sustainability at heritage sites.

Related Programmes
MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation PT
Grad Dip World Heritage Management FT

See also other offerings in UCD School of Archaeology:
World Heritage Conservation programme by Distance Learning
MSc Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture
and Graduate Diploma equivalents of these.

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
Heritage Presentation & Interpretation ARCH40830
Research Project Skills ARCH40860
Heritage Marketing & Management ARCH41010
Conflict Resolution & Heritage ARCH41030
MSc Dissertation ARCH41140
Heritage Management in Practice ARCH41220
Heritage Management Challenges ARCH41240
Nature & Culture: A bridge ARCH41250

Stage 1 - Option
Historic Urban Landscapes ARCH41080
Decolonising Ethnography ARCH41260
GIS, Cultural Heritage and Spatial Thinking ARCH41340
Culture, Heritage and Human Rights LAW42050

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree or the international equivalent. However, in special circumstances, relevant work experience may be taken into account.

Applicants with diverse academic backgrounds including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics will be considered.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.

Students meeting the programme's academic entry requirements but not the English language requirements, may enter the programme upon successful completion of UCD's Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master's Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information

These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes

Application dates

How to Apply
The following entry routes are available:

MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation FT (F098)
Duration 1 Years
Attend full-time
Deadline Rolling *

MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation PT (F099)
Duration 2 Years
Attend Part-time
Deadline Rolling *

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.




1 Year Full Time, 2 Years Part Time.


MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation (F098) Full Time
EU fee per year - € 7725
nonEU fee per year - € 19900

MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation (F099) Part Time
EU fee per year - € 3865
nonEU fee per year - € 9950

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake:2020/2021 September

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Careers & Employability
Graduates are building successful careers in the inter-disciplinary field of heritage protection, management and research in Australia, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, European Union, Ethiopia, Georgia, India, Mexico, Uganda, U.K. and the USA.

Employers include national authorities, international organisations,and in the private sector. Graduates have secured positions in World Heritage properties, National Parks, Botanic Gardens and Museums, in senior government positions and positions in education. Examples of roles graduates have obtained include world heritage and protected area manager, heritage officer and education officer, civil servant, natural resources manager, positions in heritage consultancy firms and research and international conservation agencies.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time

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