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Courses in history and heritage studies


This project was organised by staff at the University of East London and students worked on the project from both the BA History degree and the MA Heritage Studies Programme. If you are interested in studying history and heritage studies at undergraduate or postgraduate level, please contact the programme leader, Toby Butler at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

MA Heritage Studies

This MA programme provides its students with a critical grounding in public history and heritage studies. It is designed to equip you with key skills in researching, interpreting and communicating history through a variety of media. The programme is unique in linking issues of heritage and public history to in-depth theoretical and practical perspectives on oral history and memory. It affords its students an outstanding opportunity to develop the tools necessary to produce digital media, and to explore heritage issues in one of the most diverse communities in the world.  We offer a flexible programme of part-time or full-time study for students interested in pursuing advanced study at varying stages in their careers, at a modern London university which is an internationally-recognised centre of research excellence. It is also possible to study a smaller number of modules on the programme to attain other postgraduate qualifications (postgraduate certificate and postgraduate diploma).

The programme has the following key characteristics:

·         a wider and inclusive approach to heritage, that embraces the street and the internet as much as the museum or exhibition gallery

·         a strong focus on memory and oral history, an area in which UEL has a particular expertise. This is also a rapidly expanding area of heritage practice

·         a rigorous analytical grounding in heritage theory, that covers the full range of critical perspectives on heritage and the uses of the past in the present

·         a focus on the cultural contexts of heritage- making and the ways in which memorials, exhibitions and historically themed experiences are shaped by these contexts

·         an active, practice-focused approach

·         a commitment to give you opportunities to gain digital media skills and work experience in the museum and heritage field, should you need it


On the one hand, you will be able to study modules that address and range of key issues in heritage studies such as the politics of heritage, issues surrounding representation and cultural difference, how we remember the past both personally and collectively and how alternative interpretations of history have been - and might be - created. On the other hand there will also be modules that give you a very hands-on opportunity to consider, question and directly engage with heritage in museums, archives and outside in the streets. 

“I simply risk running out of superlatives to describe the MA Heritage Studies. Suffice it to say it is a world class programme which offers students a highly stimulating learning experience, harnessing, developing and enhancing the considerable potential of the students that it recruits. In the mix of teaching and learning methods, and the partnerships it draws upon, it is also a highly valuable development opportunity which will serve its graduates well even in the tough economic climate we are faced with.  Graduates can feel reassured that they are walking away with a highly prized qualification.”

Dr Andrew Perchard, Strathclyde University (External Examiner)

“This Heritage Studies MA looks excellent, offering a coherent combination of practical and more theoretical considerations. Far too many of the competitor courses fall on either side of that divide, which is not likely to be so helpful to many students entering a job world th at will certainly demand both.”

Patrick Wright (author of On Living in an Old Country, A Journey Through Ruins etc.)

"This is an original, thorough, and carefully-constructed syllabus, taught by people who are deeply engaged with their subject and able to communicate that enthusiasm to students. For those who want a career in the heritage industry, the course provides lots of opportunities to find jobs and placements in museums and other heritage organisations. I couldn’t recommend the MA more highly; it was the perfect course for me.”

Student testimonial

For an informal discussion or further information about the programme please contact Toby Butler This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.