MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation

Academic Year 2020/2021

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)

The UCD Masters Programme in World Heritage Management provides graduates with a thorough knowledge of the World Heritage Convention and its application in solving heritage conservation problems. 
  • The only World Heritage Management course in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in the world.
  • A multidisciplinary programme. Lectures delivered by UCD staff and outside experts.
  • Visit Ireland's most iconic World Heritage Site, Bru na Boinne.

Careers & Employability

Graduates are building successful careers in the inter-disciplinary field of heritage protection, management and research in Australia, Canada, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Ireland, Italy, Uganda and the USA.

Employers include international organisations, national authorities and in the private sector. Graduates have secured positions in World Heritage properties, National Parks and Museums, in senior government positions and positions in education. Examples of roles graduates have obtained and sectors they work in include world heritage and protected area manager, heritage officer and education officer, positions in government, natural resources manager, consultancy firms and research and international conservation agencies.

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. Yes

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The UCD MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation programme is designed to accommodate applicants with a variety of academic qualifications including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics. We normally have a diverse group of students with a wide range of experience in different areas of cultural and natural heritage, which creates a very dynamic group.

The MSc in World Heritage Management & Conservation is aimed at students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to become highly competent managers of cultural and natural heritage sites and protected areas.  The degree provides knowledge of world heritage management theory and practice, a range of skills in communication, interpretation and conservation strategies and an appreciation of the role of cultural and natural resources in contributing to wider environmental, social and economic goals. We value motivated students who show a commitment and enthusiasm for tackling conservation challenges and recognise their responsibility as global citizens. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to develop their capacity for critical thinking, problem solving, project management and teamwork.  To this end the programme incorporates project work, research, case studies, workshops, role play and presentations as part of the teaching, learning and assessment strategies. The programme also includes site visits and field trips, in Ireland and abroad, which expose students to best practices in heritage management. The programme is multidisciplinary and offers students the opportunity to select modules that best align with their experience and career objectives across natural and cultural disciplines.

    • Communicate findings and ideas clearly and effectively.
    • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the theoretical background that underpins world cultural and natural heritage management and conservation.
    • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the implementation of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention and other international conventions and legislation associated with world cultural and natural heritage management and conservation.
    • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyse current theoretical concepts and debates associated with world cultural and natural heritage management issues.
    • Design and undertake research using appropriate data collection and analyses methods to develop solutions to heritage management problems and inform decision making
    • Formulate and communicate research questions related to heritage management and conservation issues
    • Locate, synthesise and critically review scientific information and data from a wide range of sources and produce an original professional document, logically structured with evidence based arguments demonstrating critical thinking.
    • Understand management systems, establish a management plan framework and apply management plan methodology to World Heritage properties, with applicability to other sites

    MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation (F098) Full Time
    EU          fee per year - € 7725
    nonEU    fee per year - € 19900

    MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation (F099) Part Time
    EU          fee per year - € 3865
    nonEU    fee per year - € 9950

    ***Fees are subject to change

    Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

    From 2018 students on this programme will also be eligible to apply for the Kay Mahon bursary, valued at €6,000 to be set against fees. See website for details.

    • Applicants are normally expected to have a minimum of a lower second class honours degree or the international equivalent. However, in special circumstances, relevant work experience may be taken into account.
    • Applicants with diverse academic backgrounds including Archaeology, Architecture, Geography, Biology, Arts, Agriculture, Engineering and Economics will be considered.
    • 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.
    • Students meeting the programme’s academic entry requirements but not the  English language requirements, may enter the programme upon  successful completion of UCD’s Pre-Sessional or International Pre-Master’s Pathway programmes. Please see the following link for further information 

    These are the minimum entry requirements – additional criteria may be requested for some programmes 

    Graduate Profile
    Eiru Olinga Moses, Uganda
    Wildlife Authority

    The World Heritage Management course is an interdisciplinary programme which enhances interaction between nature, culture and man. Through this course, I was able to develop practical skills, pedagogic proficiency and theoretical insights on aspects that make up this interaction. The course included approaches to working in and sharing experiences with other students. This has improved my communication skills and enhanced my ability to craft solutions to various conservation challenges.

    See also other offerings in UCD School of Archaeology:

    MA Archaeology

    MSc Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture

    and Graduate Diploma equivalents of these.



    The following entry routes are available:

    MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation FT (F098)
    1 Years
    Full Time
    Rolling *
    MSc World Heritage Management & Conservation PT (F099)
    2 Years
    Part Time
    Rolling *

    * Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised