Heritage Studies

  • Heritage Studies

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The BA Heritage Studies will offer students a programme that will explore different aspects of Heritage and the Heritage-related agencies, institutions and subjects across a range of discipline including history, archaeology and philosophy.

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Students also have the option to study this degree programme as part of a Politics Pathway or Economics Pathway

Key Facts

UCAS Code (Foundation): HEF1
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
3 years full-time; part-time study available

Tuition Fees for 2018/19:
£9000 (Home/EU students)
£11000 (Overseas students)
Scholarships and Bursaries

Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
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The programme in Heritage Studies will offer an innovative approach to study that 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 compulsory 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 Heritage sector or cultural industries.

The programmes in Heritage studies is innovatively constructed to offer students choice over the areas they want to study. For the single honours Heritage Studies students will complete a compulsory 80 credits then choose a particular ‘themed’ pathway or study pathways for the remaining 40 credits. There are four study pathways:

  1. Nautical Archaeology: Students will gain knowledge about the heritage surrounding the sea, the conservation of materials, the computerisation of structures and residues, the processes of acquisition and preservation. Particular focus during this pathway will be on the Newport Ship project, a medieval ship excavated in Newport and now on public display.
  2. Archives and Museums: this pathway also builds upon expertise in the areas of museology and archival management, and seen in a variety of modules covering archiving, display, on-going exhibitions of Egyptian artefacts, the interpretation of various Heritage materials, and the conservation of rare books and pamphlets.
  3. Digital Humanities: this pathway looks to build links between Heritage and an emerging new sub-discipline, digital humanities. The programme aims to investigate how such new, digital methodologies can enhance heritage, such as digitisation of archival materials, and the use of technology in displays and exhibitions.
  4. Built Environment: this pathway delivered by colleagues from Swansea and looks to explore, interpret and understand the Heritage that lies all around us in the historic and built environment.

Typical modules include (subject to change):

  • Introduction to Heritage
  • Heritage Marketing
  • Museums
  • 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

1. Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme

2. You will be studying in interactive small-group classes with high student engagment complemented by overview lectures, workshops, one-to-one tutorials, and seminars.

3. You will profit from a close relationships with experts in the sector.

4. You will be trained in historical research methods and will be able to use local record office and museum resources.

5. There are various opportunities for field trips. In addition, 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 are also offer one-to-one tutorials in which you can discuss aspects of your on written work such as help with the structuring of essays, or writing technique or 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 assist 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:

  • Heritage sector
  • Museum and archive management
  • Education officers
  • Local government officers
  • Business and administration
  • Heritage Administration
  • Teaching and lecturing
  • Tourism

UK/EU Tuition Fees
Visit our UK/EU Tuition Fees section to find out more.

Overseas Tuition Fees
Visit our Overseas Fees section to find out more.

Bursaries and Scholarships
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 our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

The Faculty has estimated on the assumption that students buy new copies of the books. Students may also choose to spend money on printing drafts of work.

Students may spend up to £300 per year on books and additional related materials.

Students are expected to submit 2 hard copies of their final project, the estimated cost for binding these is £20.

Optional Field trip:

Faculty works to ensure that there are a range of fieldwork and fieldtrip options available both locally and internationally. The Faculty subsidises these trips but the cost each year is dependent on airfare, location, and currency exchange rates. Below are the upper end of expected costs based on where students have currently done placements.

Individual trips: c. £5-£50

Field trip module: c. £500-£700

Joint Honours Courses:

  • BA Heritage and English
  • BA Heritage and Classical Civilisation
  • BA Heritage and Chinese Studies
  • BA Heritage and History
  • BA Heritage and Medieval Studies
  • BA Heritage and Philosophy 
  • BA Heritage and Religious Studies
  • BA Heritage and Theology

For a full list of Joint courses, you can go to Joint Honours Courses

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 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.