- Entry requirements: Related 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
- Full-time: 12 months
- Part-time: 24 months
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Prepare for a career in heritage and conservation management on a programme fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC). This is the UK's leading body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts.
This MA challenges you to think about the meanings of heritage. You’ll explore sustainable heritage management in a range of contexts; architectural, urban, social, political, scientific and economic.
We’ll introduce you to the key concepts, principles and practices of sustainable heritage management and examine their application to sustainability, conservation, tourism and regeneration.
You’ll work in partnership with regional, national and international heritage organisations on real-world projects. Gaining practical experience with heritage professionals, you’ll establish valuable industry contacts.
An optional work placement provides the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a library, museum, historic property, or other cultural setting. Our heritage partners include organisations such as National Museums Liverpool, Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Slate Museum Wales, Victoria Gallery & Museum and Port Sunlight Village Trust.
Learning from leading heritage academics and practitioners, you can further enrich your studies by getting involved in the activities of relevant research groups. These include the Heritage Theme, the ArCHIAM Centre and the Architectural and Urban History Group.
This master’s is suitable for graduates from a range of Arts and Design disciplines, including Architecture, Archaeology, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil/Structural Engineering, Project Management, Quantity Surveying, and History, who have a passion for heritage and conservation management.
This course is fully recognised by the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) – the UK’s leading body for building conservation practitioners and historic environment experts – and covers its areas of competence. The programme also follows the education guidelines of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), UNESCO and Council of Europe requirements.
As a graduate of a course fully recognised by the IHBC, you’ll be eligible to apply for full IHBC membership after two years of professional experience instead of the usual minimum of five.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
International students may be able to study this course on a part-time basis but this is dependent on visa regulations. Please visit the Government website for more information about student visas.
If you're able to study part-time, you'll study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
Studying part-time means you can study alongside work or any other life commitments. You will study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
This module introduces heritage as a complex phenomenon with significant values that play a vital role in all cycles of its life, including our current and future eras across the world. It provides the students with a comprehensive understanding of heritage and conservation policies and practice, and what heritage means; besides understanding how different stakeholders, including, policy makers, architects, planners, local governments, practitioners, international and local/ indigenous communities value it. The students will also be able to demonstrate international perspectives as professionals/citizens by being able to locate, discuss, analyse, and evaluate information from both local and international sources; besides considering issues from a variety of cultural standpoints. The students will be given ownership of their research activities and will have the opportunity to discuss their work in lectures and workshops, some of which will be directed by leading heritage professionals. The module also aims to link rigorous academic practices and methodologies to real world and employment-related scenarios. Additionally, the module aims to provide opportunities for the development of presentation, academic writing, and time management skills via variable and flexible activities throughout the semester.
Assessment is based on a coursework assignment and an oral presentation of the research background and methods, analysis findings and discussions.
This module addresses the need for managing heritage and assessing the international and local factors that affect cultural heritage and its sustainable care and management. This module complements and develops further concepts and approaches outlined in the introductory module and instils methodological approaches and skills to apply heritage management within the context of conservation, architecture and urban design practice. The module equips the students to apply heritage management methods in following modules in semester two.
This module is based on active learning through interactive lectures and workshops. The students will be given the opportunity to apply their learning practically under the same or similar conditions as practitioners outside academia. Students will not only acquire research skills but they will also obtain analytical and interpretative skills of situations and facts towards making appropriate choices and developing effective solutions in relation to heritage management approaches. They will be assessed against both coursework and oral presentation, which give them an opportunity to develop both written and oral literacies.
This module aims to provide students with a comprehensive knowledge about the urban and architectural forms across a vast geographical region, the Islamic world. Examples from both ‘high’ and ‘peripheral’ Islamic traditions are presented in lectures and interactive seminars and workshops, aiming at providing a thorough understanding of both the distinctiveness and diversity of cultures and their established architectural practices. Examples and cases of integrated restoration and rehabilitation within historical contexts, which bring together preservation and developmental approaches, as well as addressing community engagement, are embraced in this module. This module aims to provide opportunities for the development of presentation, academic writing, and time management skills via variable and flexible activities throughout the semester.
The module provides an introduction to key architectural concepts, themes and theories that have been influential in the field of architecture globally from 1900 onwards. It also introduces a framework for the understanding of the ongoing discourses in the field. It engages with a wide range of written texts on architectural theory – whether these originate from within architecture or from other disciplines – as well as architectural designs that have been informed by those ideas.
With the rapid development of Virtual Reality (VR) and Virtual Environments (VE), costs have now fallen to the point where it is feasible and practical for architects to consider integrating VR/VE in their design workflow. This module aims to give a theoretical and practical grounding in VR and VE to equip students with the tools to use this technology.
Students will be introduced to the historical context of virtual environments and virtual reality, and different related concepts such as augmented reality and mixed reality. They will experience different ways of interacting with the virtual environments through modelling, editing, visualising, immersing and walkthroughs.
Students will be able to explore profoundly different VR systems through a comparative study. They will be introduced to various software specialised in advanced 3D modelling and visualisation, and will be able to practice using this software through developing a detailed model for an existing space.
This module aims to help students develop in-depth knowledge on urban design and enhance their design skills to address the complex urban challenges of our age. It intends to prepare students to become creative and problem-solving professionals. To do so, this module will introduce students to a wide range of urban design theories, design principles and processes which underpin the discipline of urban design. Students will have the opportunity to study and debate key issues in urban design, the disciplinary foundations of urban design, various topics about public spaces, the application of urban analytical techniques and methods for practice, as well as urban design governance in relation to the planning system. The module will draw examples or case studies from both the local and international contexts and encourage students to think critically about possible design interventions in different urban environments towards sustainable development and place-making.
Since this module is taught together with ARCH406 Urban Design which is a compulsory module for the accredited MArch programme in Architecture, ideally students who select this module need to have some design skills from previous training in Architecture, Planning or Landscape Architecture.
The module intends to facilitate in-depth understanding of central themes of aesthetics and art theory, especially questions about aesthetic judgement, aesthetic experience and aesthetic value. Students will be able to further their knowledge of the history of philosophy as well as the connection between theory and artistic practice. The module is taught by seminar 1 hour per week; students are also advised to attend the PHIL 306 Aesthetics lecture 1 hour per week. Assessment is via a 3,000 essay. Students also take it in turns to give one 10-15 minute presentation in class, formative assessment.
This module introduces the students to the practice of cultural heritage management as a driver of sustainable development, reconciling conservation requirements with local development needs and integrating heritage protection into urban and regional planning. The module provides comprehensive multidisciplinary understanding of the methodological and practical aspects of heritage management planning in the context of sustainable development. These include field documentation, analysis of primary and secondary data, design interventions, and review of international heritage policy and best-practice towards assessing heritage values, identifying protection requirements, priorities and measures, producing conservation and development guidelines, and devising appropriate awareness raising and dissemination strategies.
Upon completion of this module the students will be able to: a) recognise and leverage the potential of material and immaterial heritage assets to contribute to all dimensions of sustainable development; b) devise principles, strategies, methods and approaches for their conservation and management that are aligned with broader sustainable development objectives; c) showcase said heritage assets to the wide spectrum of stakeholders, including government and policy makers, cultural institutions, practitioners, local communities and the general public.
Working on real-life cases and interacting with peers as well as staff with world-leading expertise in heritage management and development, students will develop an international and multidisciplinary outlook as professionals/citizens and an ability to appraise and respond to issues from a variety of cultural perspectives.
The module is delivered through lectures, Q&A sessions and workshops. Lectures and workshops will focus on the application of methods, approaches and strategies for heritage management in the context of sustainable development. Q&A sessions will provide a vibrant interactive platform to debate subject-specific matters with peers, staff and visiting experts.
Assessment is based on a group coursework assignment consisting in a heritage management plan, and a group oral presentation of the research background and methods, analysis findings and heritage management propositions.
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The module provides students with knowledge of conventional and innovative ways of recording, digitizing, visually presenting and virtually experiencing different heritage assets. These come in different forms and shapes from architectural to archaeological sites and artefacts, and from movable heritage to oral history. Students will produce a fieldwork report, including images and text, or portfolio of digital heritage records, including images and metadata. Therefore, along with digitisation and IT skills specific to heritage contexts, students will acquire heritage drawing, communication and teamwork skills. Hands-on workshops with heritage experts will enhance students’ experience and employability skills. Assessment is based on a coursework assignment consisting of fieldwork report, or portfolio of digital heritage records, and an oral presentation of the findings.
This module enables students to gain valuable experience within a wide range of heritage organisations. Students will also have the opportunity to do a work-related dissertation or research-led design project, which enables them to work on real-life and applied research/design topic developed in collaboration with an external partner. Students will be able to apply practical, vocational, pedagogical, theoretical and other knowledge within a heritage professional context relevant to the delivery and progress of the placement tasks and activities. Students will be able to reflect and report on the relationship between the two. This module aims to enhance the students’ personal and employability skills.
There is an element of flexibility in how the placement is scheduled, based on the needs of the organization, and taking into consideration individual timetable.
The module introduces students to ways in which information and communication technologies have affected, and will continue to affect, the management and exploitation of records and archives, and the consequences of these changes both for professional practice and for users.
The module provides an overview of record keeping developments from an international perspective. It introduces students to record-keeping structures, traditions and practices throughout the world, and to the legislative, cultural and political traditions which affect those practices. In doing so it enables students them to approach record-keeping theory and practice in their home country both critically and comparatively. The module considers the role that records and archives have played over time, particularly, from 1945, in the area of human rights.
This module considers what it is to think philosophically about the nature of film. It critically discusses philosophical approaches to the medium. It examines the thinking of philosophers, critics and filmmakers on vital issues encountered when discussing film as art. It considers the importance of film and its relation to other art forms. It familiarises students with works by key filmmakers, and encourages students to engage with these works. The module will enhance students’ abilities to think critically about fundamental issues surrounding film, and about what philosophers, critics and filmmakers have said about the medium. It is taught through weekly seminars (1 hour per week) and film screenings. Assessment is by one 3,000 word essay.
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a conventional written dissertation on an individual, approved topic related to the students degree topic.
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a ‘ Research by Design’ thesis which combines a thorough piece of research culminating in a design project. This should respond to current research agendas in the field of architecture, Sustainability, digital design or BIM and in particular the idea of Design as Research. It is expected that the majority of students will work individually but, with the prior agreement of the Director of Studies, students undertaking a Research by Design Thesis may be permitted in pairs where the project is of sufficient complexity. Clear demarcation of individual contributions to the project must be evident in the final submission.
The majority of the modules will be taught within the Liverpool School of Architecture (LSA), with four elective modules taught within the departments of History and Philosophy. The programme is designed to allow equal opportunities for students both with and without prior specialist architectural training, as it is open to students from different background with interest in heritage.
In addition to the mandatory modules, all students can select from a range of optional modules that provide deeper knowledge of a specific topic or area in heritage studies. The modules are taught in a variety of ways – traditional lectures centred on fundamental principles and heritage applications, group discussions in workshops, flipped classroom, guided independent study, tutorials, hands-on workshops, discussions with heritage specialists and practitioners, learning from case studies and field trips.
Additionally, the placement opportunities with different heritage institution will help the studnets to develop their work skills.
The assessment strategies for the modules incorporated in this MA programme reflect the variety of teaching approaches used, and include poster submissions, analytical reports, essays, sustainable heritage management plan, heritage design project, oral and practical presentations, and a research dissertation or a design project led by research.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
Studying with us means you can tailor your degree to suit you. Here's what is available on this course.
The Liverpool School of Architecture benefits from comfortable, well-lit studio, work and seminar/review spaces, including a ‘hi-tech’ design studio, to which you will have 24-hour access.
Our facilities include a Print Media Design Suite, computing labs, workshops, a laser suite, a CNC router room, 3D printers, computing labs and research labs. A team of dedicated technicians will help you to get the most of these facilities and to realise your ideas.
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Providing the students with a clear career path, this programme will offer multidisciplinary and inter-disciplinary research and practice options and open opportunities for placement at a variety of institutes and locations, nationally and internationally. This programme will provide graduates with a critical understanding of both the theoretical and operational aspects of heritage, and an informed use of lessons from the past to enhance the present. The interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature of sustainable heritage management studies leads to creativity and enterprise.
Graduates will have an acute awareness of the moral and ethical issues that are inherent in heritage, which contributes to skilful negotiation of contested matters. These abilities are valued by employers, both academics and heritage agencies. The breadth of this programme widens the spectrum of employment opportunities. This programme is designed to meet the training requirements to equip the students with the skills and knowledge for further study towards an MPhil/PhD. Additionally, the full recognition by the IHBC and placement opportunities enhance the student’s ability and their profile to work in a wide range of professional roles. Recent graduates of similar programmes have gone on to work in the heritage policy field and/or project related-areas for national and international organisations, such as IHBC, RICS, English Heritage, the National Trust, ICOMOS and UNESCO
Potential career pathways include, but are not limited to, the roles of:
You could apply to work for UK government agencies, such as English Heritage and Historic Scotland.
International opportunities also abound, working for heritage organisations in their respective countries, or international heritage charities such as:
The programme also equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to continue your studies and work towards an MPhil or PhD.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
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Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about paying for your studies..
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The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
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|Postgraduate entry requirements
You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above, or equivalent, in a relevant field of study. For example, Architecture, Archaeology, Arts, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, Civil/Structural Engineering, Project Management, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, Languages and Literature, Tourism and Hospitality, Quantity Surveying, Art History or History. A minimum of two years’ work experience is desirable but not necessary.
Applicants with degrees of a lower classification but who have considerable senior-level professional experience may also be accepted. For those applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, but with relevant and substantial work experience in the field, a special qualifying examination/interview may be set.
If you hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, but don’t meet our entry requirements, you could be eligible for a Pre-Master’s course. This is offered on campus at the University of Liverpool International College, in partnership with Kaplan International Pathways. It’s a specialist preparation course for postgraduate study, and when you pass the Pre-Master’s at the required level with good attendance, you’re guaranteed entry to a University of Liverpool master’s degree.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification
6.5 overall, with no component below 6.0
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Standard Level (Grade 5)
|88 overall, with minimum scores of listening 19, writing 19, reading 19 and speaking 20
|INDIA Standard XII
|National Curriculum (CBSE/ISC) - 75% and above in English. Accepted State Boards - 80% and above in English.
|C6 or above
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