September and January Start Dates
Masters: 3 years - part-time
Graduate Diploma: 2 years - part-time
Graduate Certificate: 1 year - part-time
The Masters, Graduate Diploma and Graduate Certificate in World Heritage Conservation are part-time, online, distance learning courses designed to equip you with current thinking and professional understanding of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. The programme will provide you with the knowledge base, skills and confidence to address World Heritage issues and to advance your career in this field.
It is one of the only World Heritage Distance Learning courses in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in the world.
The World Heritage Convention is designed to encourage all countries to meet certain standards in protecting natural and cultural heritage, and is considered one of the most effective global instruments to protect heritage properties.
Designed for professionals and motivated participants working in areas related to the nomination and conservation of World Heritage Sites, we give you the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the working of the Convention and for decision making in areas related to the nomination and conservation of World Heritage properties.
This programme is intended for applicants from a diverse academic background, including but not limited to Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering, Environmental Science and Economics. We welcome a diverse group of participants with a wide range of experience in different areas of cultural and natural heritage, to provide for a dynamic forum for discussion and interaction.
Applicants are normally expected to have a second class honours degree, or equivalent work experience.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate English language proficiency of IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0 in each element), or equivalent.
The 30-credit 1-year Graduate Certificate will give you a competitive advantage as a heritage professional working on projects relating to World Heritage properties and heritage conservation in general.
The 60-credit 2-year Graduate Diploma and the 90-credit 3-year MSc build on knowledge and skills gained in the first year, developing more comprehensive understanding and further specialisation in World Heritage Conservation.
Advancement in international conservation for managerial and policy positions in government, agencies, private practices and NGOs. The qualifications will contribute to career development for heritage custodians and stewards, ranging from national heritage and conservation officers to international conservation agencies.
“Way-finding” to web resources and access to the treasury of online libraries is one of the great pleasures of the course, as is the discretion to read and record and reflect on one’s discrete responses to the recommended reading in the Study Journal as the course progresses. I love it.”
Margaret Gowen, MSc World Heritage Conservation 2019, Archaeologist and Cultural Heritage Consultant