BA Modern Historical Studies with Heritage Management

  • BA Modern Historical Studies with Heritage Management

Modern Historical Studies and Heritage Management is a programme that is designed to allow students to indulge their love of the History in the modern period, with various aspects of the Heritage sector and Heritage Industry be that museums, management or heritage tourism.

Key Facts

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

Archaeology, History and Anthropology
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The major part of the programme, Modern Historical Studies, is formed from four modules or 80 credits taken by the students. The programme offers the opportunity to explore various political, social, military and cultural aspects of the modern period. It combines broad-based studies, covering the C19th and C20th centuries and across different continents, with more focused modules that examine historical events and developments in greater depth. There is an emphasis, particularly in the latter modules, upon source materials and encouraging you to engage with the modern period through surviving testimonies, diaries, newspaper accounts, political papers, cartoons, speeches and TV/video footage. Alongside this, the programme introduces you to the historic environment around you by exploring various themes that have shaped the modern world, from nationalism and identity, to class and culture, war and memory.

The minor part of the programme introduces students to ideas and issues surrounding the field of Heritage Management and amounts to 40 credits or two modules per year. This part of the programme is specifically designed to enhance a student’s knowledge of Heritage in its broadest sense and to provide an appropriate set of skills and understandings applicable to a broad range of employments in the Heritage sector or cultural industries more generally.

Running through all the modules is clear emphasis on enhancing the employability potential of our students, notably through a compulsory work placement, and for those that wish, the opportunity to do a practice based, work related Dissertation. Students also acquire an understanding of heritage marketing and various data management and analysis methods.

Introduction to   


Marketing Heritage Data     

Management Heritage Management:     

sustainable tourismDissertationMuseums, Heritage and Representation War in History The Holocaust The Enlightenment, 1700-1820Modern America, 1776-2009 History and theory of GenocideThe Bomb: a Nuclear HistoryBritain and the Great WarModern China: Rise of a SuperpowerRise and Fall of Modern Britain, 1776-1997Terrorism

Europe in the Age of Revolution, Nationalism & Democracy

Small classes with interactive learning Opportunity to construct your own degree scheme Training in historical research methodsUse 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 1500 words up to 3500 words in length), book reviews, literature surveys, short 1000 word analyses, reflective journals, document analysis, exhibitions, projects work, advertising materials, data analysis, 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, video conference 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.

Specifically the course offers employment opportunities in the following areas:

Administration Heritage sector Museum and archive management Education officers Local government officers Business and administrationHeritage AdministrationTeaching and lecturing


UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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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.

Visiting the University

We hold central undergraduate Open Days throughout the year, the details of which are up on the website.  We encourage people to attend these organised events where possible. Open Days include visits to the academic schools, an introduction to the degree courses, the opportunity to talk to academic staff and students, a tour of the campus, including accommodation and other facilities, as well as the chance to ask any questions.  If this is not convenient you are welcome to visit on an individual basis. Our visit days are generally on a Wednesday afternoon. 

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