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MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation
Who is the UCD MSc in World Heritage Management and Conservation for?
The UCD MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation programme is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics. We normally have a diverse group of students with a wide range of experience in different areas of cultural and natural heritage, which creates a very dynamic group. Applicants are normally expected to have an honours university degree.
What will I learn from the UCD MSc in World Heritage Management and Conservation ?
How will I benefit from the UCD MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation?
What is the UCD MSc World Heritage Management programme about?
We aim to give you the knowledge and skills to develop careers as managers responsible for World Heritage properties and equivalent cultural and natural sites around the world. You will receive a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide you with knowledge and understanding of the following topics:
A professional understanding of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention; The role of International legislation such as Directives, Regulations & Conventions in the strategy for global heritage conservation; environmental interpretation and management of tourism in protected sites; monitoring, reporting and mitigation of threats to sites including climate change effects; Analysing necessary conditions for selection, protection and management of cultural world heritage sites; designing and implementing project planning and budgeting methods; sustainable development; communication & mediation skills; reconciliation of the often conflicting agendas of stakeholders; Options to specialise in cultural or natural themed topics.
The MSc in World Heritage Management & Conservation is a one-year, full-time programme. It is worth 90 ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer System). The lecture course consists of ten modules of approximately 18 hours of lectures (and fieldtrips) each.
Core modules are offered in Semester 1 (30 ECTS credits). These modules deal with the legal issues of the WH Convention & International legislation, the skills of conflict resolution and project management and marketing as well as the concept of sustainable development and an introduction to cultural heritage. In Semester 2, you will prepare the proposal for your thesis topic in consultation with academic staff (10 ECTS credits). The remaining 20 credits can be obtained by successfully completing a combination of the option modules from either a natural heritage theme or a cultural heritage theme.
List of modules, Stage 1:
Semester 1, Core Modules
Semester 2, Core modules
ZOOL40200 Preparation for Thesis (10ECTS)
Natural Heritage Group
Cultural Heritage Group
Students who successfully reach a Grade Point Average of 3.2 at the end of Stage 1 (semesters 1 and 2) are eligible to continue to Stage 2 and complete their MSc Thesis (in Semester 3). The research thesis is carried out in the field and is designed to explore and resolve a practical management problem at a World Heritage property or equivalent reserve.
Students who do not continue on to Stage 2 but successfully complete Stage 1 are eligible to graduate with a Graduate Diploma. A Part-Time option is also available for the MSc in World Heritage Management. Part-time students complete Stage 1 over two academic terms, selecting the modules that suit their schedule from the full-time timetable. Each student completes 30 ECTS credits each academic term. Part-time students also complete their MSc thesis over six months.
Where can I go after the UCD MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation?
Career opportunities include: World Heritage and Protected Area manager, park warden and park ranger, heritage officer and education officer; Managerial & policy positions in government, natural resources manager; Consultancy firms and research; International conservation agencies.
Our graduates are building successful careers in the interdisciplinary field of heritage protection, management and research in Australia, Canada, China, England, Ethiopia, France, Ireland, Italy, Tanzania, Uganda and the U.S. to name a few countries. Graduates are working with international organisations, national authorities and in the private sector. They have secured positions in World Heritage properties, National Parks and Museums, in senior government positions and positions in education. Graduates have also continued their research at PhD level and pursued further studies.
The UCD MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation programme is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics. We typically have a very diverse group of students with a wide range of experience in different areas of cultural and natural heritage. Applicants are normally expected to have an honours university degree.
If you are interested in this programme and are not sure if you are eligible, please contact Claire Cave (Telephone +353 1 716 2256)
If English is not your native language, unless you have done your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes. English Language qualifications include a minimum score of 550 (213 computer based/100 internet based) for TOEFL i.e. Test of English as a Foreign Language, or 6.5 for IELTS i.e. International English Language Testing System. Other evidence of proficiency in English may be accepted such as the Cambridge Certificate.
Dr Claire Cave