World Heritage Conservation

MSc World Heritage Conservation
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The MSc in World Heritage Conservation is a part-time, online, distance learning course designed to equip you with current thinking and professional understanding of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The programme will provide you with the knowledge base, skills and confidence to address World Heritage issues and to advance your career in this field.

- The only World Heritage Distance Learning course in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in the world
- A multidisciplinary programme offering modules in natural and cultural heritage
- Designed for professionals and motivated participants working in areas related to the nomination and conservation of World Heritage Sites
- A part-time, online, distant learning course with an international focus on heritage conservation

Course Description
On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, its implementation including the processes of inscription and monitoring of World Heritage properties;

- Identify and analyse the role of key actors and instruments in global heritage conservation;

- Understand theory and practice of conserving natural heritage, i.e. species, ecosystems and biodiversity, and cultural heritage, i.e. monuments, sites and landscapes.

Building on knowledge gained in the first year, completion of the 2-year Graduate Diploma will provide students with practical skills and a more specialised understanding of the application of the Convention. For example, on successful completion of stage 2, students will be able to establish a management plan framework and apply management plan methodology to cultural and natural sites.

UCD World Heritage
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
IUCN World Heritage Programme
ICOMOS World Heritage

Subjects taught

This programme will introduce you to the science that underpins the practice of heritage protection. You will receive a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the following topics:

Stage 1 - Option
Cultural Heritage ConservationARCH40900
World Heritage ConventionARCH40910
Natural Heritage ConservationARCH40920
Management PlanARCH40940
Marketing and Project DevelopmentARCH40980
Heritage project (online)ARCH41400
Conservation StrategiesARCH41430
Climate Change Law and PolicyLAW41090

Entry requirements

The programme is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics. We welcome a diverse group of participants with a wide range of experience in different areas of cultural and natural heritage, to provide for a dynamic forum for discussion and interaction. Applicants are normally expected to have an honours university degree, or equivalent work experience.

If English is not your native language, proof of your proficiency in English will be required, unless you took your primary degree through English in an English speaking country. The minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL Internet Based Test is 100.

Application dates

How to apply?
The following entry routes are available:

MSc World Heritage Conservation Jan PT (F108)
3 Years
Part Time

MSc World Heritage Conservation PT (F091)
3 Years
Part Time

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




3 years part-time. Mode of Delivery: online.


MSc World Heritage Conservation (F091) Part Time
EU/NONEU fee per credit - €65.4

***Fees are subject to change

Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
With 190 States Parties to the World Heritage Convention, nearly a thousand properties inscribed on the World Heritage List and an expanding number of properties on the Tentative List, all of which face conservation challenges, there is a growing need for professionals who understand how the Convention operates in terms of nomination, monitoring, conservation reporting and mitigation of threats.

Reflecting the spirit of the Convention, to safeguard natural and cultural heritage through an integrated approach, this programme provides graduates with a unique multidisciplinary perspective addressing conservation issues of both natural and cultural heritage.

We give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the working of the Convention and for decision making in areas related to the nomination and conservation of World Heritage properties.

Advancement in international conservation for managerial and policy positions in government, agencies, private practices and NGOs. The qualifications will contribute to career development for heritage custodians and stewards, ranging from national heritage and conservation officers to international conservation agencies.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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