MA in Arts and Heritage Management

Master of ArtsArts and Heritage Management

Full Time
College Street
1 year
31 Aug 20

The aim of the Masters in Arts & Heritage Management is to address specific and identified needs within the arts and heritage industry for management training in the area of cultural administration, and to provide you with the necessary skills for effective cultural leadership and management. It offers you an opportunity to reflect on your professional practice (work placement) and gain a theoretical and critical perspective on managing organisations and events in the cultural/heritage sector.

The Masters in Arts & Heritage Management is a 90-credit programme suited to Arts graduates, Business graduates with a particular interest in arts/heritage, and practitioners of the arts/heritage sectors.

Graduate Testimonial

"On a professional level I found the practical nature of the modules included in the MA in Arts & Heritage Management to be of   huge benefit.  I co-founded and chair a heritage based festival now in its fourth year. The course gave me the tools and confidence necessary to deal with the variety of stakeholders (ranging from volunteers to government agencies) needed to successfully stage a heritage project or event. On a personal level I thoroughly enjoyed the course and appreciated the varying experiences and viewpoints of both my classmates and tutors."

James Doherty, Graduate MA in Arts in Heritage Management, is chair of the 1848 Tricolour Celebration an annual celebration that commemorates the first flying of the Irish National flag.

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MA in Arts and Heritage Mgt

In order to facilitate the delivery of programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic, module outline and order may change slightly for the academic year 2020/2021.


  • Irish Arts, Heritage & Cultural Studies (10 credits)

  • Strategic & Financial Management (5 credits) 

  • Cultural Tourism & Public Policy Studies (5 credits) 

  • Professional Development & Research I, including Minor Placement (5 credits)

  • Festival & Events Management (5 credits)

  • Employment & Legislative Studies (10 credits)

  • Public Relations (5 credits)

  • Professional Development & Research II, including Minor Placement (5 credits)

  • Major Placement (15 credits)

  • Minor Dissertation (15 credits)

Electives in Semester 1

  • Museum & Gallery Studies I (5 credits)

  • Arts in Context I (5 credits)

Electives in Semester 2

  •  Museum & Gallery Studies II (5 credits)

  •  Arts in Context II (5 credits)

The programme is delivered over three semesters.  In the first two semesters (Sep-Dec and Jan-April), lectures are normally delivered two days per week (including a Saturday morning) and one evening per week.

Students are also required to undertake Work Placement (a minimum of forty days throughout the duration of the programme) in an approved organisation in the Irish Arts or Heritage Sector.

In Semester 3 (June-Aug), students complete their Minor Dissertation and Work Placement.

Entry Requirements

  • For entry into the programme, you must have at least a 2nd Class Honours Degree (level 8) in a relevant discipline (e.g. Art, Music, History, Archaeology) or in a Business subject (e.g. Management or Marketing).

  • In exceptional cases, students, who do not meet the normal entry requirements, may be considered for admission by demonstrating that they qualify through the Institute’s APL/RPL procedures. Where deemed necessary, an interview will be carried out to assess the student’s suitability for the programme. In this case, priority will be given to students who are currently working in the arts/heritage sectors.

  • You must also have access to a cultural organisation where your work placement and research can be carried out.

  • Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.

Introductory module

You must attend a one-day induction programme, which will cover the following:

  • an overview of the programme

  • an introduction to studying and researching at postgraduate level


Programme fee details are available on the Postgraduate Fee Schedule displayed on our website at

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