The MSc Heritage course was introduced in 2012/13 and has a strong emphasis on both the conceptual and the intellectual study of heritage within the wider context of environmental history, which provides a fascinating and unique approach to studying the subject. The interdisciplinary nature of the course means that you can straddle more than one discipline and gain wider and more diverse skills. The field trips will allow you to take your learning outside of the classroom while providing the opportunity to experience the Scottish environment first hand. The course has strong links to industry and offers the opportunity to complete a work-based project involving real-world research and dissemination. See more details about the course, and email Course Director Jennie Morgan if you would like any further information.
Alongside regular teaching there is a spring and autumn programme of seminars and workshops that students are expected to attend and participate in. The Tuesday ‘Centre Series’ is aimed at promoting a vibrant and dynamic research culture within the Centre and strengthen established links with Biological and Environmental Sciences. Heritage seminars and workshops (which may fall on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) are designed to bring students into contact with practitioners working in the heritage sector and the current issues they are addressing. There are other ad hoc activities that the students will be invited to participate in as well.
The programme also benefits from strong links with the University Art Collection. The Art Collection is an MLA-accredited museum and holds around 600 items with an emphasis on Scottish contemporary art, including paints, prints and sculptures. Students benefit through volunteer opportunities and input to the collection’s exhibition schedule. Jane Cameron (Art Curator) and Sarah Bromage (SPAR Archivist and Learning and Audience Development Curator) also contribute to teaching on both the Masters and undergraduate degree programmes.