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MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation
Duration: 1 Year
Schedule: Full Time (part time option available)
Starting: September
Contact Name: Dr Claire Cave
Contact Number: + 353 (0)1 716 2256
Fees: Fee Information
  • The only World Heritage Management course in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in the world.
  • A multidisciplinary programme. Lectures delivered by UCD staff and outside experts.
  • Visit Ireland's most iconic World Heritage Site, Bru na Boinne.
  • Graduates are working with international organizations, national authorities and in the private sector.
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Who is the UCD MSc in World Heritage Management and Conservation for?
This multi-disciplinary Masters course is intended for those who want to learn the skills to develop careers as managers responsible for World cultural and/or natural heritage. 

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 ?
The UCD Masters Programme in World Heritage Management provides graduates with a thorough knowledge of the World Heritage Convention and its application in solving heritage conservation problems.  The programme comprises lectures, seminars, workshops, fieldtrips and projects, which will broaden your knowledge and understanding, improve communication skills and improve your ability for independent thinking and for developing creative solutions. One of the main factors that will determine your field of expertise is the research thesis.  The topic is chosen in consultation with the academic staff and the aim is to develop project management, research and analytical skills in an area of conservation management that is of particular interest to you.



How will I benefit from the UCD MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation?
Your advanced post-graduate degree in World Heritage Management will be recognised and valued by prospective employers.  You will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the implementation of natural and cultural heritage management and conservation strategies as well as a thorough understanding of the World Heritage Convention and the challenges facing heritage managers and policy-makers.  You will also have the opportunity to become part of a network of alumni in the field of heritage management.  Experts in natural and cultural heritage from within UCD, from other universities and related national and international agencies contribute to make this an exceptional multidisciplinary programme.



What is the UCD MSc World Heritage Management programme about?
The UCD MSc World Heritage Management programme provides a comprehensive course of education and training in World Heritage and Protected Area management. 


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.


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