This course starts in September 2020

Heritage MA

Heritage MA

Key information

Duration:
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Start date:
September 2020
Apply by:
1 August 2020 (international), 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)
  • 100% of our research was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014)
  • 98% of School of History, Art History and Philosophy graduates were in work or further study six months after graduating (Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2017)
This MA will give you the skills you need for a career in the heritage sector. You'll learn to manage cultural artefacts, from buildings and craft practice to industry and migration.
 
Offering an exciting blend of theory, practice and research, you’ll visit heritage sites and archives, explore the histories and theories of heritage and take part in student-led debates and presentations.
 

You’ll learn from experienced curators and heritage professionals, as well as renowned scholars engaging with the global challenges of the heritage sector. You’ll also benefit from our relationships with museums and collections, including:

  • The Keep
  • the V&A
  • Science Museum
  • Tate
  • The National Trust
  • Historic Royal Palaces.

Heritage studies at Sussex is taught as a form of critical practice, preparing you for a career in the cultural heritage sectorYou’ll look at a range of materials and topics, including buildings, craft practice, popular culture, language, labour, industry, sound and music, youth, slavery and migration – across a range of global contexts.

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Entry requirements

Degree requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please select your country from the list.

Argentina

Degree requirements

Licenciado/Titulo with a final mark of at least 7.5-8.5 depending on your university. 

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Australia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Azerbaijan

Degree requirements

Magistr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4 or 81%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bahrain

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.0/4.0 (Grade B).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bangladesh

Degree requirements

Masters degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brazil

Degree requirements

Bacharel, Licenciado or professional title with a final mark of at least 7.5 or 8 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Brunei

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second class upper division or GPA 3.1/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.3/4.0 (grade B+).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Chile

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of 5-5.5/7 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 72%-85% depending on your university.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both a Degree Certificate and Graduation Certificate.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Colombia

Degree requirements

Licenciado with ‘Acreditacion de alta calidad' and a GPA of 3.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Ptychion with a final mark of at least 7.5.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ecuador

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 17/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Egypt

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a university with an overall grade of at least 70%-75% depending on your university

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

France

Degree requirements

Licence with mention bien or Maîtrise with final mark of at least 13.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Germany

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree or Magister Artium with a final mark of 2.4 or better.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ghana

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from a public university with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Greece

Degree requirements

Ptychion from an AEI with a final mark of at least 7.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of at least 55-70% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Indonesia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree from an 'A' accredited university with GPA 3.0/4.0. 

Bachelors degree from a 'B' accredited university with GPA 3.2/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (Licence or Karshenasi) with a final mark of at least 15.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Degree requirements

Diploma di Laurea with an overall mark of at least 105.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Japan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a minimum C/GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Jordan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or 80%.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kazakhstan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall mark of 4 or better (on a scale of 1-5)/GPA 3,33.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kenya

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Kuwait

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lebanon

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA 3.5/4.0 or 14/20.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malawi

Degree requirements

Masters degree, depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Mexico

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nepal

Degree requirements

Masters degree with overall mark of 80%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with second-class upper division or CGPA of at least 3.0-3.5/5.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall grade of B.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Oman

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Pakistan

Degree requirements

Four-year bachelors degree with overall grade of 65% or Masters with 60%

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Palestine

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with at least 80% or GPA of at least 3.0/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Paraguay

Degree requirements

Bachelors with a final mark of at least 7.5/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Peru

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 13/20 from a public university or 15/20 from a private university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Philippines

Degree requirements

Masters degree with 1.5/5.0 (where 1 is the highest) or 3.7/4.0

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Qatar

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with an overall CPGA of at least 3 (on a scale of 4).

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Russia

Degree requirements

Bakalavr or Specialist Diploma with a minimum average mark of at least 4.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Saudi Arabia

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA 3.5/5.0 or 3/4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division or CAP 4.0.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Degree requirements

Bachelors (honours) degree with second-class division 1.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Korea

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with a CGPA of at least 3.3/4.5 or 3.1/4.3 or B+

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Degree requirements

Licenciado with a final mark of at least 2/4 or 7/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sri Lanka

Degree requirements

Bachelors Special degree with upper second honours.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Degree requirements

Licence or Diplôme with 5/6 or 8/10.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Taiwan

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with overall mark of at least 67%-80% depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Thailand

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Degree requirements

Lisans Diplomasi with CGPA of at least 2.8 - 3.0/4.0 or equivalent depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

United Arab Emirates

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree with CGPA of at least 3.3-3.5/4.0 depending on your university.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Vietnam

Degree requirements

Bachelors degree (with a Graduate Thesis/research component) with CGPA of at least 3.3/4.0 or 7.5/10.

As evidence of completing your degree you must provide both proof of graduation in addition to your transcript.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zambia

Degree requirements

Masters degree with GPA of 2.0/2.5 or equivalent.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Zimbabwe

Degree requirements

Bachelors (Honours) degree with second-class upper division.

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your country is not listed, you need to contact us and find out the qualification level you should have for this course. Contact us

Subject-specific requirements

Your qualification should be in art history or another relevant humanities or social sciences subject. You’ll also be considered for the course if you can show evidence of an interest in heritage and relevant professional experience. 

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Standard level (6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component).

Check your IELTS qualification meets all of our entry requirements and find out more about IELTS

Alternative English language qualifications

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill.

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic)

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT)

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language (Grade 4 or above in GCSE from 2017).

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language.

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Grades A - C in English language

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 1119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-6 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades A1-C6 (1-6) in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirement. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this, we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries: 

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

English language support

If you don’t meet the English language requirements for your degree, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course

Visas and immigration

Find out how to apply for a student visa

Admissions information for applicants

How to apply

You apply to Sussex using our postgraduate application system

Personal statement

Yes. You must submit a personal statement as part of your application. 

Find out how to write a personal statement

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, contact us

Application deadlines

1 August 2020 (international), 1 September 2020 (UK/EU)

Course details

Full-time and part-time study

Choose to study this course full time or part time, to fit around your work and personal life. Modules for the full-time course are listed below.

For details about the part-time course, contact us at hahp@sussex.ac.uk

How will I study?

In the autumn and spring terms, you explore heritage concepts modules and choose options from History and Art History.
 
Between January and July, you choose a topic for your dissertation, which can be inspired by what you’ve studied in the autumn and spring terms or by heritage history, theory and/or practice in countries around the world.
 
Assessed work includes term papers, practical assignments and a 12,000-word dissertation.
 

Modules

These modules are running in the academic year 2019/20. We also plan to offer them in future academic years. They may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Core modules

Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most.

Options

Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests.

Our experts

Dr Benedict Burbridge

Dr Benedict Burbridge

Senior Lecturer in Art History

Research interests

Art History, Art Theory & Aesthetics, Critical Theory, cultural politics, Digital Culture, Museum And Gallery Studies, Photography art and politics, Photography History, Theory and Practice

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Dr Meaghan Clarke

Dr Meaghan Clarke

Senior Lecturer in Art History

Research interests

20th Century Visual Culture, Art History, british art, Gender Studies, history of collecting, Imperial/Colonial History, Print Culture, Victorian studies

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Dr Flora Dennis

Dr Flora Dennis

Senior Lecturer In Art History

Research interests

Art and design, Domestic interiors, Early modern Italy, History of sound, material culture, Music

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Dr Wendy Hitchmough

Senior Lecturer in Art History

Research interests

20th Century art and culture, Architecture History, Theory and Practice, Art History, british art, Heritage Management, history of collecting, Museum Studies

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Prof Liz James

Prof Liz James

Professor of History of Art

Research interests

Byzantine art, Byzantine culture and society, colour, gender, mosaics, sensory perceptions

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Prof Geoffrey Quilley

Prof Geoffrey Quilley

Professor of Art History

Research interests

Art History, british art, British Empire, Eighteenth-century culture, Imperial/Colonial History, maritime history, Post-Colonial Studies, Slavery, Travel

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Fees and scholarships

How much does it cost?

Fees

UK/EU students:
£11,300 per year
Channel Islands and Isle of Man students:
£11,300 per year
International students:
£24,000 per year

Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis - see details on our tuition fees page.

If you are a self-funded international student starting a Masters course in September 2020, you are required to pay a tuition fee deposit. Find out more about Masters tuition fee deposits.

Living costs

Find out typical living costs for studying at Sussex

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How can I fund my course?

Postgraduate Masters loans

You can borrow up to £10,906 to help with fees and living costs if your course starts on or after 1 August 2019. Loans are available from the Student Loans Company if you’re from the UK or if you’re an EU national studying for a Masters.

Find out more about Postgraduate Masters Loans

Scholarships

Our aim is to ensure that every student who wants to study with us is able to despite financial barriers, so that we continue to attract talented and unique individuals.

How Masters scholarships make studying more affordable

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

Careers

You gain knowledge about diverse cultural artefacts, explore challenging political and ethical debates about how heritage should be treated,  and develop a critical awareness of the heritage industry.

You develop communication and project management skills. These skills provide the practical and theoretical foundation for careers in:

  • museums
  • galleries
  • heritage at curatorial level
  • the cultural sector more broadly
  • tourism.

Art History Research Seminar

  • 0 credits
  • All Year Teaching, Year 1

Our Work in Progress Seminars are an opportunity to directly engage with the latest scholarship in the field.

Every term, invited guest speakers come to Sussex to share their most recent research with our postgraduate community and faculty.

The seminars are an opportunity for you to meet academics and museum professionals, learn from the world of museums and have a close encounter with academic research in the making.

This is a non-credit research seminar class.

Heritage Dissertation Module

  • 60 credits
  • Summer Teaching, Year 1

Art History Research Skills and Methods

  • 0 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

The Research Skills module runs through the Autumn and Spring terms, and consists of a series of formal and informal teaching sessions, seminar discussions and site visits.

The module aims to ensure that you are well equipped to develop the independent research skills necessary for the delivery of your term papers, assignments and dissertation.

These include giving formal presentations, using PowerPoint, participating in seminars, essay and dissertation writing, accessing and deploying different resources and archives, and interpretative skills relating to museum displays.

The module is more practical than theoretical and is designed to underpin your other MA modules throughout the teaching period to ensure that you are well-equipped to contribute to all your MA modules and deliver your assessed work.

It is important that you approach this module as an opportunity to ask questions about all aspects of the research process, and to provide feedback on your experiences.

You will be asked to prepare informal reports throughout the module. Some of the classes may be split into two one-hour sessions, to allow for small-group discussions. Towards the end of the term, space will be set aside for one-to-one meetings with you to discuss specific problems you have encountered in your research.

This is a non-credit research skills class.

Art History Research Skills and Methods

  • 0 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Heritage Skills I

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

Heritage Skills II

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

The People’s Heritage

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Semester, Year 1

For the last two generations, the study of British history at Sussex has been concerned with the lives and experience of ordinary people.

This module builds upon this longstanding tradition. It is not a survey course and is not intended to be a comprehensive history of Britain in the twentieth century. Each week we will take a key theme, but the exact direction of the seminar will be the decision of the class, and you'll be free to explore that theme in whatever context you wish.

This means that reading lists will only be set one or two weeks in advance, as they will depend on your interests. It also means that reading lists should act only as a starting point for your own further research. The key themes we will explore are: democracy; poverty and inequality; gender; national identity; war and memory; popular culture and the State.

Sussex historians have long made key contributions to the development and study of people’s history.

J.F.C. Harrison was at Sussex from 1970 as Professor of Social History. His The Common People (1984) is a long-period survey that is focussed on the lives of ordinary people who were still very much left out of history when the book was written.

Asa Briggs, vice-chancellor of the university from 1967-76, was one of the most important figures in the development of social history.

Several Sussex historians were influential in conception and production of History Workshop in its early days: Stephen Yeo, Eileen Yeo and, Alun Howkins. The study of local and community history was pioneered by Stephen Yeo through Brighton-based QueenSpark Books.

One of his early graduate students was Alistair Thomson, who has become one of the leading oral historians of his generation.

Dorothy Sheridan, who originally studied at Sussex in the 1960s, has been a key figure in both the Mass Observation Archive and the Mass Observation Project since she began working at the archive in 1974. She is well known for her work on wartime’s women’s lives, on theories of life history writing and on the archive itself.

Other Sussex history graduate students of the 1980s went on to make significant contributions in this field, notably Penny Summerfield with her work on gender, memory and oral history. Selina Todd also completed her PhD at Sussex. Her book, The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class, 1910-2010, was published in 2014.

The emphasis on people’s history continues at Sussex today. The work of all the historians of twentieth-century Britain currently working at Sussex, Hester Barron, Martin Francis, Ian Gazeley, Claire Langhamer, Lucy Robinson and Clive Webb, is closely connected to the lives, experiences and cultures of ordinary people.

Art and Travel

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

This module studies the historical relationships between art and travel, primarily (though not necessarily exclusively) with regard to British art from c.1600 to 1900.

It considers the various roles and identities of artists as travellers, and travellers as artists, and addresses fundamentally the question of how important has travel been to the formation, development and character of British (and European) art.

Of necessity, such inquiry must be interdisciplinary, understanding travel - and art - not as isolated practices and dismodules, but as inextricably implicated in the history of empire, colonial and postcolonial dismodule, the dismodule of the exotic and the other, including issues of transculturation and hybridization, as well as the phenomenology of travel.

It addresses a potentially enormous range of probably unfamiliar, though extremely interesting, visual material, to a large extent determined by your own interests and input.

Biodiversity and Natural Resources Law

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

The module examines international and regional approaches to the legal protection of biodiversity and natural and cultural heritage. It also examines the way in which some national jurisdictions (emphasising the UK approach) deal with this type of protection. The module will include consideration of the natural science and non-legal social-science that deals with measuring rates of biodiversity loss and the optimum way to protect biodiversity and cultural heritage as well as the interlinking with other volitions for protection.

The aims of the module are:

  1. to provide a grounding in the relevant international, regional and some aspects of national law
  2. to provide a critical understanding of such law and the dynamics behind it
  3. to provide an understanding of the rationale behind approaches to protect biodiversity and heritage and the subject(s)’ relationship with other issues; and
  4. to develop skills of presentation and advocacy.

Body and Society: Representing Women

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

From the 1970s onwards, women artists, curators and cultural theorists have actively intervened in contemporary politics. In contesting images of women and representations of the gendered body, they have challenged regimes of power and knowledge. In this course you will consider the role of gender in critical writing as well as in art practice.

Entangled Histories: Islamic art and the medieval Mediterranean

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Human Rights in History

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Interest in human rights has exploded in recent years, and has emerged as one of the most prominent international trends following the end of the Cold War. The early 1990s sparked renewed debate about the role and mission of the United Nations as a global mediating force in matters of war and peace, and human rights became for many a new yardstick with which to assess post-Cold War international politics and proper state-formation. Yet this idea of what Hannah Arendt has called 'the right to have rights' is a relatively recent historical development.

This module endeavours to trace the origins of human rights as a modern political ideology from the French Revolution to the present day. You will explore the extent to which the idea of human rights underwent radical transformation over the 19th and especially 20th centuries, entangled as it was in shifting notions of civilization, empire, sovereignty, decolonisation, minority protections and international justice. You will focus on how human rights fundamentally arose as a direct response to the legacy of man-made mass death associated with World War I and World War II, and in particular to the Third Reich's genocidal politics and destruction of unprotected civilians. What is more, you will also pay particular attention to how these new norms of justice were globalised over the course of the second half of the century. Just as non-Europeanists interpreted Wilson's notion of self-determination in broad ways to suit various emancipatory causes beyond Europe in the interwar years, rights activists from India, South Africa, the American South and later Eastern Europe seized on human rights after 1945 as something that went far beyond simply internationalising American New Deal policies. From this perspective, this module aims to locate the history of human rights at the very heart of the broader story of modern moral politics and changing international perceptions of the relationship between law and citizenship, war and social justice.

Indigenous and Minority Rights

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Race, Photography and Archives

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Religion in Contemporary History

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Semester, Year 1

Secularisation was supposed to be a one-way street – at least according to Marx, Durkheim and Weber. Around the globe, struggles for emancipation and visions of modernity and progress were generally harnessed to the secular. In this module you'll reconsider this perspective, asking to what extent – as these emancipation struggles began to out of steam – religion helped to re-establish a sense of community and belonging in increasingly fractured societies, providing a language for an alternative utopia.

This module seeks to examine the ways that religion has been a consistent force in contemporary history by looking at key themes and moments across the globe:

  • the pitfalls of secularisation and the return of religion
  • the relationship between religion and the state – from the postcolonial promise to "Islamic State"
  • the practice and performances of everyday religion
  • the relationship between religion and globalisation (fundamentalism international).
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