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World Heritage Management

GradDip World Heritage Management

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The UCD Grad Dip 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 Graduate Diploma in World Heritage Management 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

• 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.

• Formulate and communicate research questions related to heritage conservation and management issues

• Communicate findings and ideas clearly and effectively.

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.


1 year Full Time.

Number of credits


Careers or further progression

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.

Further enquiries

Contact Name: Claire Cave

Contact Number:+353 (0)1 716 8358

Subjects taught

Stage 1 - Core

Communicating Heritage ARCH40830

Research Project Skills ARCH40860

Cultural Heritage ARCH40990

International Strategies and the World Heritage Convention


Heritage Marketing, Market Research & Management ARCH41010

Conflict Resolution & Conservation ARCH41030

Global Biodiversity and Heritage ARCH41050

Stage 1 - Option

Managing landscape heritage ARCH40700

Irish Archaeolog. Landscapes ARCH40780

World Heritage and Sustainable Development ARCH41020

Conservation Biology ARCH41040

Climate Change & the Environment ARCH41060

Remote Sensing ARCH41070

Historic Urban Landscapes ARCH41080

Creative Thinking & Innovation IA40310


Who should apply?

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes

International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The UCD Grad Dip in World Heritage Management & Conservation programme is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics. We normally have a diverse group of students with a wide range of experience in different areas of cultural and natural heritage, which creates a very dynamic group.

Application date

How to apply?

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip World Heritage Management FT (X139)

Duration: 1 Years

Attendance: Full Time

Deadline: Rolling*

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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2020/20201 September

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