University of East London: Heritage Studies

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The University of East London offers postgraduate qualifications and collaborative research opportunities in museum and heritage studies. We offer a flexible programme of part-time or full-time study for students interested in pursuing advanced study at varying stages in their careers, taught in the evenings at a modern university at an internationally-recognised centre of research excellence. The programme is convened by the Raphael Samuel History Centre and offers excellent early and mid-career staff development opportunities. For example, staff at the Museum of London, the Wellcome Library and the London Metropolitan Archives have trained with us.

The taught postgraduate programme offers postgraduate certificate, diploma and MA qualifications. We take a wide and inclusive approach to heritage, that embraces the street and the internet as well as the museum or exhibition gallery and have a strong focus on memory and oral history, areas in which UEL has particular expertise. The programmes give a rigorous analytical grounding in heritage theory, that covers the full range of critical perspectives on heritage and the uses of the past in the present combined with an active, practice-focused approach and a commitment to providing students with opportunities to gain digital media skills and work experience in the museum and heritage field, should you need it.

The university is also active in several research and development projects on heritage themes with museums and voluntary organisations, focused particularly on community participation, place-based digital interpretation and applications of new media and interactive technologies to improve engagement and participation for people with learning and sensory disabilities. For example museum visitors with disabilities created multi-sensory interactive sculptures for our Sensory Objects project, some of which will be showcased on our stand at the Museums + Heritage Show this year.

For further information please contact: Dr Toby Butler via email [email protected]