Sustainable Heritage Practice MSc

Entry Requirements


Why study Sustainable Heritage Practice at Shrewsbury?

In studying Sustainable Heritage Practice you will have access to a wide range of heritage resources and their collections across Shrewsbury and Shropshire. There are also strong links to a number of heritage organisations and their resources including English Heritage and the National Trust. With a focus on sustainable heritage practice, we aim to equip you with the knowledge and skills to operate within the broader heritage industry, including heritage and planning agencies, local authorities and international organisations, private enterprises and civic organisations.

Our course blends theory and practice, with plenty of opportunity to become involved in field studies, gaining ‘hands-on’ experience and to participate in research projects with real life outputs. Teaching methods draw on a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and field visits. You will also benefit from the contribution of heritage professionals and those working in a range of professions across the built and natural environments.


Programme Structure:

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time for reasons which include curriculum enhancement, staff changes, student numbers, improvements in technology, changes to placements or regulatory or external body requirements.

What will I learn?

You will be provided with the competences needed to meet the multiple challenges of contemporary heritage management; working with cultural and natural heritage, and attending to not only the survivability and inherent qualities of sites, objects and traditions, but also to the different claims and stakes that often surround them. The Sustainable Heritage Practice course will equip you through theory and practice to work in the exciting and expanding, as well as increasingly complex, heritage field. This course will train you in a uniquely interdisciplinary environment to asses, retain and sustain heritage, and to develop, revise and innovate the future shapes of the sector.

The programme modules include:

Research Skills in Heritage:
This provides a heritage-specific Masters-level research skills module, providing you with the necessary tools for Masters-level research in heritage and museums.

The Built Environment:
This module provides an advanced-level introduction and assessment of current debate and practices within the built environment to equip you for Masters-level research.

Heritage Practice:
Drawing on current research in heritage studies and sustainability, this module explores sustainable heritage concepts and interpretation in the contemporary cultural, socio-economic and political climate of the British Isles.

Research Project:
This is a flexible module involving staff supervision of student-led learning in the design and execution of a research project. The project will involve data acquisition and analysis of sustainable heritage concepts and practice focusing on heritage sites. This may involve a placement at a heritage site.

An essential and important aspect of the course is the dissertation. It serves to provide detailed research into your chosen area of research interest. It will involve research into heritage practice and sustainable heritage.


Assessments include:

  • written coursework (such as essays, reviews, reports – including group work)
  • oral presentations (both individual and group work).

These assessments are designed to measure the key skills which you should acquire at Master's-level study, such as:

  • communication
  • working with others
  • problem solving.


One of the things that make a Sustainable Heritage Practice Master's degree at Shrewsbury different is the strong practical element. Each module is designed with a practice-based element at its core, providing you with the necessary skills to take into the heritage job market.

However, although the focus is on providing the skills necessary to work in museums and heritage sites, graduates of this course will receive an intellectual training which is both creative and methodical. You will learn and be assessed in things that employers value, such as:

  • teamwork
  • problem solving
  • communication skills
  • written skills.

Consequently, careers in a broad range of occupations, including:

  • business
  • administration
  • management
  • law
  • journalism
  • public relations
  • the arts
  • teaching
  • librarianship and archives, may also be followed.

Entry Requirements

Extra Information
  • Possession of a good, second-class Honours degree in a relevant discipline or an equivalent qualification is required.
  • Equivalence will be reviewed by an interview panel and prior experience in the museum and heritage sectors will be taken into account alongside academic qualifications. The interview panel also reserves the right to ask potential candidates to submit a piece of written work for consideration, if appropriate.
  • Decisions concerning the allocation of credit, either for admission or advanced standing, will be the responsibility of a Credit Allocation Panel. Credit value will be given for appropriate certificated or experiential learning completed within the previous five years, and through which an applicant can demonstrate prior achievement of learning outcomes related to one or more of the course modules.  
  • A student seeking advanced standing must apply before enrolment.


Course content enquiries

Dr James Pardoe

Director of Design, Heritage and the Built Environment

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  • Telephone: +44(0)1244 512153