MA/PGDip Heritage Studies / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
MA: 1 yr (FT); 2 yr (PT). PGDip: 9m (FT), 18m (PT)
Entry requirements

We require a good Upper Second Class Honours degree or its overseas equivalent, normally in a relevant subject.

In addition, you must be able to demonstrate work experience (including voluntary work) in a museum, heritage site or attraction or other relevant organisation.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

You should visit the School website for information on subject-specific application requirements. These are in addition to the basic prerequisites outlined in the 'Entry requirements' section of this page.

Use the  Online Application Form  to apply and upload the required supporting documents.

For references, please email the following link to your referees: References for master's applications . They will submit your references directly to us and we will add them to your application.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Course overview

  • Develop your skills in and knowledge of heritage policy, management, conservation, learning, engagement and enterprise.
  • Gain workplace experience through a placement at a heritage site or organisation in the north-west of England.
  • Have the opportunity to design and take part in live projects with heritage organisations in Manchester.
  • Benefit from access to key University assets such as the Manchester Museum, John Rylands Library and Jodrell Bank Discovery Centre.
Discover Heritage Studies at The University of Manchester

Open days

The School's next Open Day will be held on the afternoon of  Wednesday, 8 May . The event will enable you to:

  • Discover more about course content through subject specific talks or taster sessions.

  • Meet academics and current students and find out more about life as a postgraduate student at Manchester.

  • Explore available funding options and find out how to apply.

  • Take a tour of our dedicated Graduate School and our award-winning cultural venues.

  • Find out more about our world-leading research.

Please Register via our Eventbrite page .

If you have any questions about the event, please  contact us  at or by phoning 0161 306 1259.


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MA (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,500
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • MA (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,750
  • PGDip (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £6,334
    International students (per annum): £12,334
  • PGDip (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £3,167

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).


Each year the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures offer a number of  School awards  and  Subject-specific bursaries  (the values of which are usually set at Home/EU fees level), open to both Home/EU and international students. The deadline for these is early February each year. Details of all funding opportunities, including deadlines, eligibility and how to apply, can be found on the  School's funding page  where you can also find details of the Government Postgraduate Loan Scheme.

See also  the University's postgraduate funding database  to see if you are eligible for any other funding opportunities.

The  Manchester Postgraduate Scholarship of Academic Excellence  offers up to 100 fee waiver scholarships worth £2,000 each to high-achieving undergraduates from any UK University with an offer to study a Master's degree in the School.

For University of Manchester graduates, the  Manchester Alumni Bursary offers a £3,000 reduction in tuition fees to University of Manchester alumni who achieved a 1st within the last three years and are progressing to a postgraduate taught masters course for September 2019 entry.

The  Manchester Master's Bursary  is a University-wide scheme that offers 100 bursaries worth £3,000 in funding for students from underrepresented groups.

Postgraduate 1+3 funding  is available from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) for students to pursue postgraduate study through a master's (one year) leading into a PhD (3 years). It requires a project proposal as part of the application. Information is available here:

Contact details

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures
+44 (0)161 275 0322

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