Develop your career and learn from key academics and practitioners in the museum and heritage sectors.
Study Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.
This well-established programme at the Ulster University is delivered through the School of Creative Arts and Technologies and is taught on the Belfast campus.
It has many links with the museum and heritage profession in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and students have the advantage of meeting with practitioners through lectures and visits. Graduates have been successful in securing positions in the museum and heritage sectors.
The degree programme has been designed for individuals seeking further career development in the heritage and museum sectors, as well for graduates of Art and Design, Art History, Geography, History, Archaeology, Sociology and allied disciplines, who wish to develop their research interests in these fields.
Key areas of investigation in this MA include:
Policy concerns relating to heritage, museum and cultural sectors in UK and Ireland;
Analysis of the social, economic and cultural contexts of museums and heritage;
Exploration of issues in relation to collections care; exhibitions; learning and management in the heritage sectors;
Impact of digital technologies on the heritage experience; and,
Consideration of national issues in the international context.
Modules have been designed to reflect innovative and current research in these areas and will equip both graduates and those already working in the heritage sectors with the appropriate skills for further academic and professional development.
Work placement / study abroad
We support all students in finding a work placement, which they complete alongside their studies.Students have had placements at National Museums Northern Ireland, local museums, Linen Hall Library, PRONI and the National Trust.
All lecturers on this programme contribute to the fields of museum and heritage studies or the arts, publishing in such journals as the International Journal of Heritage Studies and the book Companion to Museum Studies. We regularly invite people senior in the museum, heritage or arts sectors to contribute to our programme. Lecturers work closely with the sectors, for instance the Course Director is currently Chair of Northern Ireland Museums Council Board.