The School of Management and Languages at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University launched a new MSc programme in Cultural Resource Management, with a first student intake in autumn 2015.
Structured around core courses in cultural heritage and tourism management, socio-cultural anthropology and research methods, this MSc offers students a coherent programme of study that combines specialisms in the sustainable development of cultural resources with increased awareness of the cultural contingency of resources and the practices involved in managing these, with particular focus on heritage and tourism.
Moreover, the programme provides opportunities for students, through a wide range of optional courses in business and languages, to target specific fields of employment. It thus offers considerable flexibility.
The programme is aligned with the Intercultural Research Centre, and the IRC's events and other research-related activities form an integral part of students' learning experience. This includes practitioner workshops on topics relevant to cultural resource management, run in collaboration with the United Nations University's Regional Centre of Expertise, Learning for Sustainability Scotland, which students are able to attend free of charge if they wish.
The IRC's international network offers students opportunities to access European case studies for their dissertations.
Facilitated by Learning for Sustainability Scotland and the IRC's growing network of practice, students interested in working with particular organisations involved in the management of cultural resources in Scotland or internationally will be supported in building their coursework portfolio around the relevant sector, and in finding placements/internships that offer suitable experience, should they so wish.
Each course within the programme develops research-informed learning skills through tutorial activity and coursework. Students are advised of specific readings and journals at the introduction session of each course. Feedback on the attainment of research-informed learning skills is given through formative assessment. Students receive advice on the development of research skills and the programme includes a course on research methods designed to feed into the dissertation writing process. Research skills are further refined through the dissertation.
Programme details can be found here.
For further information, please contact the programme director, Professor Ullrich Kockel.