BA Heritage Studies with Museums & Archives
The programme offers students the chance to study various aspects of Heritage, be that Heritage interpretation and display, museums, archives, heritage management and tourism, alongside a specialism in Museums and Archives.
The programme combines an exploration of general and broadly based Heritage issues, with more specialist or particular aspects of the field. The programme will equip students with an understanding and appreciation of the wider field of Heritage, which includes a work placement at level 5 and time in the Roderic Bowen Library and Archives at level 6. This provides students with both an attractive approach to study as well as equipping them with an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the cultural industries.
This general understanding of Heritage and the Heritage sector will then be combined with two modules in the area of specialisation, namely Archives and Museums. This pathway builds upon expertise in the areas of museology and archival management, and seen in a variety of modules covering archiving, display, ongoing exhibitions of Egyptian artefacts, the interpretation of various Heritage materials, and the conservation of rare books and pamphlets. It takes advantage of the University’s own extensive special collection of various materials from the 14th century onwards. It also takes advantage of the Lampeter museum, a joint venture between the local history society and the University.
The cluster therefore offers a unique combination of the general and the particular; an awareness of wider heritage issues and concerns, alongside a more concentrated focus upon different aspects of it. This mix will equip students with an attractive and appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employment in the heritage sector.
Typical modules include:
- Introduction to Heritage
- Heritage Marketing
- Museums, Heritage and Representation
- Exhibiting Egypt: digitising material culture
- Building & Architectural History
- Nautical Archaeology
- Heritage Data Management
- Roderic Bowen Library & Archives
- Heritage Management: sustainable tourism
- Sustainable Development
- Conservation of buildings
Reasons to choose this course include:
- Small classes with interactive learning
- Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme
- Training in historical research methods
- Close relationships with experts in the sector
- Use of local record office and museum resources
- Various opportunities for field trips
- Study visits to national parks, local heritage centres, museums, the National Library of Wales, galleries, castles and cathedrals
Assessment methods for the course draw upon a range of different forms and approaches that include a variety of written formats, from essays (ranging from 1,500 words up to 3,500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1,000-word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, palaeographic work, oral presentations, delivered both in a group and individually, and both seen and unseen examinations. In addition to summative assessments the programme also undertakes a range of formative assessments that may include one or more of the following: peer-assessed work, group presentations, journals, internet searches, document analysis, and bibliographic exercises.
Learning and Teaching methods
Teaching methods are designed to provide interest, variety and academic curiosity. Seminars, workshops and small group work are our principal means of teaching, though supported by lectures, field trips, revision and study groups. We also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your own written work such as asking for help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or requesting feedback advice on a specific assignment.
Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.
The Careers Service subscribes to a range of careers databases and networks to ensure that you benefit from having access to the latest information. The Careers team is able to help you to identify and plan your career by matching your interests and course of study to relevant jobs. The service also includes assistance with writing applications and CVs, interview techniques, Professional Development Planning (PDP), as well as general careers counselling for individuals and groups.
More specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas and roles:
- Heritage sector
- Museum and archive management
- Education officers
- Local government officers
- Business and administration
- Heritage Administration
- Teaching and lecturing
Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:
Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.
You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our Student Finance pages.
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's Bursaries and Scholarships page
Joint Routes available
Joint honours students will study three Heritage modules at each level of study, choosing from the compulsory modules for that level. In addition they will choose three further modules from their other Humanities subject, again choosing from those on offer at that level of study.
- BA History and Heritage Studies
- BA Archaeology and Heritage Studies
- BA Anthropology and Heritage Studies
- BA Philosophy and Heritage Studies
- BA Medieval History with Heritage Studies
- BA English and Heritage Studies
- BA Creative Writing and Heritage Studies
- BA Chinese Studies and Heritage Studies
- BA Theology and Heritage Studies
- BA Religious Studies and Heritage Studies
- BA Ancient History and Heritage Studies
- BA Classical Studies and Heritage Studies
Visiting the University
For any students considering studying BA Heritage Studies with Museums & Archives at UWTSD it is worthwhile attending a Visit Day or Open Day. You can take a tour of the Lampeter campus, meet some students, and question the lecturers to get a comprehensive understanding of the university and its teaching. To find out more about forthcoming dates visit the Open Day and Visit Day pages.