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MSc/PgDip/PgCert Interpretation: Management and Practice

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Interpretive practitioners and those wishing to work in the museums, heritage and environment sectors
Online / Distance Learning Course

If you are passionate about creating exceptional visitor experiences and communications, this industry-leading course in Interpretation: Management and Practice is for you.

The course is designed to provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in the theory, critique and practice of interpretation across the cultural, heritage and environmental sectors.

You will learn how to plan, manage and deliver interpretation and communication projects and apply your newly acquired skills to your areas of expertise and interest.

Created through a ground-breaking collaboration between cultural and heritage organisations and government departments, the course is delivered by a team of highly experienced heritage and tourism professionals, academics and researchers, together with a team of associates working in the field. You will study a number of employer-informed modules and engage with real-life projects situations and materials.

Flexible study options:

The programme offers students the flexibility to study at home or at work, with the option to take individual modules as CPD, or follow individually tailored programmes of study to achieve postgraduate certificate (PgCert), postgraduate diploma (PgDip), or master’s degree (MSc) awards.

We recognise that many individuals wish to study further in order to progress their career. Therefore the programme offers you the flexibility to balance study with other commitments and allows you up to 6 years of part time study to achieve the MSc. Alternatively, you can study full time and complete the MSc in one year. You can follow an individual programme of study to achieve:

Postgraduate certificate (PgCert) - 3 core modules (see below) (60 credits); or
Postgraduate diploma (PgDip) - 6 modules and no dissertation (120 credits); or
Master of science (MSc) - 6 modules and dissertation (180 credits).

Course content:

PGCert: Three CORE modules access key issues of theory and practice (20 credits per module):
• Communication Strategies and Theories
• Interpretation: Purpose and Planning
• Project Design and Implementation.

PGDip: Select any three additional OPTION modules to develop in-depth knowledge and skills in specific employment sectors and disciplines (20 credits per module):
• Interpretive Methods, Media and Design
• Interpreting the Historic Environment
• Interpreting the Natural Environment
• Sustainable Tourism
• Research Methods and Techniques
• Visitor Studies.

MSc: For the MSc you will need to complete a piece of independent research on a topic of your choice, selected in consultation with a supervisor. The results are presented in a 15,000-word dissertation (60 credits).

Further information on the course content can be found on our website


Coursework is the most important element in both the learning and assessment processes. All module assessments are based on 100% coursework, there are no formal examinations

What our students say:

“...My choice to undertake the MSc Interpretation: Management and Practice has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in recent times. It has reinforced my love of interpretation. Not only has it brought many of my personal and professional experiences together, but it has also empowered me to start my own interpretation consultancy...”

“…I find this programme to incorporate the best of both worlds: it provides very strong foundations in theories and concepts that impact interpretation, and it always ensures that students make the connection to interpretive practice… I feel very well prepared and equally well supported by a team of tutors that are directly involved in the field, and who are happy to share their expertise and knowledge…..”

2016/17 Fees:

Scottish Online Students: Per Module £520, PGCert £1560, PGDip £3120, MSc £4680

Rest of UK/EU Online Students: Per Module £650 PgCert £1950, PgDip £3900 , MSc £5850

International Online Students: Per Module £820 PgCert £2460, PgDip £4920, MSc £7380

For more information, visit [email protected] or call on +44 (0)1738 877371.

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