World Heritage Management & Conservation

MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
The UCD Masters Programme in World Heritage Management provides graduates with a thorough knowledge of the World Heritage Convention and its application in solving heritage conservation problems.
• The only World Heritage Management course in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in the world.
• A multidisciplinary programme. Lectures delivered by UCD staff and outside experts.
• Visit Ireland's most iconic World Heritage Site, Bru na Boinne.

Vision and Values Statement
The MSc in World Heritage Management & Conservation is aimed at students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to become highly competent managers of cultural and natural heritage sites and protected areas. The degree provides knowledge of world heritage management theory and practice, a range of skills in communication, interpretation and conservation strategies and an appreciation of the role of cultural and natural resources in contributing to wider environmental, social and economic goals. We value motivated students who show a commitment and enthusiasm for tackling conservation challenges and recognise their responsibility as global citizens. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to develop their capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, project management and teamwork. To this end the programme incorporates project work, research, case studies, workshops, role play and presentations as part of the teaching, learning and assessment strategies. The programme also includes site visits and field trips, in Ireland and abroad, which expose students to best practices in heritage management. The programme is multidisciplinary and offers students the opportunity to select modules that best align with their experience and career objectives across natural and cultural disciplines.

Programme Outcomes
• Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background that underpins world cultural and natural heritage management and conservation.
• Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse current theoretical concepts and debates associated with world cultural and natural heritage management issues.
• Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and other international conventions and legislation associated with world cultural and natural heritage management and conservation.
• Understand management systems, establish a management plan framework and apply management plan methodology to World Heritage properties, with applicability to other sites
• Formulate and communicate research questions related to heritage management and conservation issues
• Design and undertake research using appropriate data collection and analyses methods to develop solutions to heritage management problems and inform decision making
• Locate, synthesise and critically review scientific information and data from a wide range of sources and produce an original professional document, logically structured with evidence based arguments demonstrating critical thinking.
• Communicate findings and ideas clearly and effectively.

Related programmes:
Grad Cert World Heritage Conservation PT
Grad Dip World Heritage Conservation PT

See also other offerings in UCD School of Archaeology:

MA Archaeology
MSc Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture

and Graduate Diploma equivalents of these.

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

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core
ARCH40830: Communicating Heritage
ARCH40860: Research Project Skills
ARCH40990: Cultural Heritage
ARCH41000: World Heritage Conservation
ARCH41010: Heritage Marketing & Management
ARCH41030: Conflict Resolution & Conservation
ARCH41050: Global Biodiversity and Heritage
ARCH41140: MSc Dissertation

Stage 1 - Option
ARCH40700: Managing landscape heritage
ARCH40780: Irish Archaeolog. Landscapes
ARCH41020: World Heritage and Sustainable Development
ARCH41040: Conservation Biology
ARCH41060: Climate Change & the Environment
ARCH41070: Remote Sensing
ARCH41080: Historic Urban Landscapes
IA40310: Creative Thinking & Innovation




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

Post Course Info

Career Opportunities
Graduates are building successful careers in the inter-disciplinary field of heritage protection, management and research in Australia, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Uganda and the USA.

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

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Part time

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