The MA in Heritage Management is a unique programme combining the worlds of archaeology and business and is taught in Athens at Eleusis, an area of world-class archaeological significance.
It focuses on teaching the skills required for the management of heritage sites across the world and how to work effectively with archaeologists, architects, conservators, marketing and education specialists while also fundraising and supervising specific projects.
The programme is a collaborative dual award from the University of Kent and the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), a partnership that ensures world-class tuition and an interdisciplinary learning environment. It is overseen by the Heritage Management Organization, a dynamic new research and education project with international funding, which is creating its own opportunities in the field.
As a collaborative programme between the Kent and AUEB, the programme is taught by staff from the Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies and the AUEB, at a centre in Eleusina, an Athenian suburb. The programme is entirely based in Eleusina, and taught over a 15-month period.
For more details on this programme, please see its dedicated site: www.heritage.aueb.gr
In the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014, classics was ranked 2nd for research impact and in the top 20 for research intensity, research power, research quality and research output in the UK.
An impressive 97% of our research was judged to be of international quality and the School’s environment was judged to be conducive to supporting the development of world-leading research.
The mode of study for this programme is 16 months full-time, running over three academic semesters.
The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.
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HM802 - Tourism Marketing and the Promotion of Cultural Heritage
This course aims at presenting the true context of marketing, particularly when applied in the tourism industry since heritage management and culture when coupled with the tourism industry represent an excellent opportunity for sustainable growth from which both the society and business benefit.Read more
HM803 - Human Resources Management and Strategic Planning
This module aims to help students understand and evaluate strategy and strategic choices. Students will learn specific tools and methods that can aid them in designing and evaluating appropriate strategies for different organisations that possess disparate resources and capabilities, and operate in diverse micro and macro environments. Furthermore, students will learn how to formulate implementation plans and control strategy execution so as to attain a sustainable competitive advantage. The module will also familiarise students with the wider context of Human Resource Management (HRM), and will provide them with the opportunity to engage with current problems and issues. The module will introduce students to the way of managing employees in modern organisations.Read more
HM804 - Finance For Cultural Organisations
This module is designed to provide non-financial professionals with the necessary knowledge of modern finance theory and practice for organisations managing cultural heritage.Read more
HM805 - Archaeological Site Management and Planning I-III
This module aims to provide all the necessary knowledge in identifying all the issues that are necessary for the effective management of an archaeological site in a way that is adapted to the idiosyncrasies of the site and its local environment (human or natural).Read more
HM806 - Project Management
This module deals with the study of project management. It examines a project from the implementation decision until its completion. It presents on a step-by-step basis the development of an integrated project plan, which includes the charter, the analytical project scope statement, the time planning and scheduling, the budget formulation, the staffing plan and the risk response planning. Each section presents focused techniques and international standards, which support proper project plan development and provide reliable quantitative indices to monitor project progress.Read more
HM811 - Architectural Planning of Archaeological Sites and Visitor Management
The scope of this module is to provide conceptual tools and methods necessary for interdisciplinary collaboration and decision making in heritage management. The example of architectural synthesis will be used not only as a dominant component of heritage management practice but as a holistic way of dealing with multiple and opposing heritage values through purposeful action.
Students are thus expected to learn how to interrelate diverse modes of thought and practice pertaining to archaeologists, conservators, architects, historians, cultural geographers, economists, et al., and subsequently make the best out of them by synthesising them in employing creative methods in formulating priorities and establishing hierarchies as a basis for taking action.
To this end, the module will focus mainly on matters of architectural synthesis as a mode of employing practical philosophy in solving and reformulating problems in the protection, preservation and management of architectural heritage. Issues of practical philosophy and modes of implementing theory-led practice in architectural design of archaeological sites will be presented, discussed in class and embedded through in situ site visits to archaeological sites.Read more
HM814 - Public Archaeology
This module is an introduction to public archaeology as applied to the processes of managing archaeological sites. Public archaeology as a set of practices examining the impact of archaeology in areas outside its academic horizon, is specifically examined in site management, in order to review parallel practices around the world and seek hybrid tactics and strategies of identifying: local concepts and practices, interest groups, effective ways of inclusion and participation of the public, presentation and dissemination of archaeological information, impact and monitoring processes in order to produce a meaningful, ethically-correct and sustainable management plan or policy.
Various examples are drawn from sites around the world, picturing ways that the public interacts with archaeological heritage and site management, the values ascribed by locals and various publics, methods of identifying and dealing with it and subsequently methods of inclusion or actions resulting in exclusion. Relevant legislative frameworks, political patterns and impact assessment of archaeological intervention are examined as well, in order to apply preventive and ameliorating strategies.Read more
HM816 - Education and Archaeology I
The module aims to develop the students knowledge and understanding of the history and development of education in archaeology, both in the formal curricula at all levels and in non-formal learning situations for adults and children at archaeological sites, monuments and museums.
The module will examine the ways in which archaeologists, and educators, have furthered an understanding and appreciation of archaeology in both formal and non-formal education. It will be useful for those intending to work in archaeology, in heritage management or in a museum.Read more
HM817 - Museum Management
The aim of this module is to introduce students to both museum and collections management. First students learn about the history of museums, starting from the early collections and first museums and ending with recent developments. Then the intention is, by exploring the pressures (financial, political and social) exerted in modern museums nowadays, to examine how museums use management and marketing to achieve their goals and serve their mission. Through theory and diverse case studies, students get acquainted with methods and ideas that museum experts have borrowed from the field of management and marketing and discuss the problems and prospects that arise. Students' understanding and awareness of museums' roles and responsibilities in light of funding cuts, the need of democratisation and professionalisation, and the increasing diversification of visitors' interests and demands will be further developed through guest lectures, field trips and practical exercises.Read more
HM899 - Dissertation (Heritage Management)
The Dissertation / Field Study Project module comprises supervised research undertaken by the individual student, or group of students, in the broad area of Heritage Management. Students will chose between an individual dissertation or a collaborative, market lead (i.e. organisations asking for specific topics) field study project. Thus the difference between a dissertation and a Field Study Project is the number of people involved a dissertation is an individual piece of work, and a Field Study Project is carried out by a group working together. A Curriculum will be developed by the student(s) around their own particular research interests. In the case of a dissertation there is one supervisor, in the case of the collaborative Field Study Project there are two supervisors, typically an archaeologist and a person from Business (AUEB).Read more
Teaching and Assessment
The programme is assessed through a combination of coursework, oral presentation, and/or examinations as well as by the dissertation.
The programme aims to:
- introduce students to all the fields necessary for effective Archaeological Heritage Management, through a distinctive and unique programme, relating this to real world examples that are available in archaeological sites in Greece and more specifically in Eleusis.
- provide students with a robust grounding in theories, methods and approaches on archaeological site management and planning issues (covering, for instance, public archaeology, conservation and international law), examining areas of controversy and differing expression.
- establish the relationship of sites in Eleusis to wider issues of heritage management.
- provide opportunities for students to shine through practicals and on-site tutorials.
- firmly develop students’ practical abilities, through a hands-on double supervised (from Kent and AUEB) collaborative project which is market based and makes a contribution to the management of archaeological heritage.
- enable students to engage critically with a selected theme or topic within the field of heritage management.
- assist students to acquire the critical and organisational skills necessary for successful completion of research for their supervised dissertation or collaborative project (optional replacing dissertation) as well as other project work (this work being on an approved topic/s or theme from a different choice of projects each year).
- assist students to develop the necessary range of generic and subject-specific skills – in research, in data handling, in writing, and in the communication of ideas, using both traditional resources and the full range of contemporary IT resources.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of the following:
- The main approaches and methodologies characterising the critical study of archaeological remains in their varied forms within the overall discipline
- Previous and current theories in archaeology
- Familiarity with issues related to Heritage management in different contexts
- Examination of sites in relation to their urban/rural contexts, the local communities and the policies in place
- Comparative analysis of archaeological remains
- Specialised research areas chosen from within the subject area and including critical and or practical study and reporting
- A selected research topic or theme, leading to the successful completion of a dissertation / collaborative project
You gain the following intellectual skills:
- critical analysis and interpretation of relevant primary and secondary resources of a wide-ranging nature.
- critical evaluation of empirical data.
- critical assessment of alternative theories and interpretations.
- ability to construct and defend arguments and conclusions in a coherent manner.
- ability to conduct independent, critical research.
You gain the following subject-specific skills:
- sensitive and critical evaluation of the management opportunities, setbacks, Heritage Management information within their historical, cultural, economic, local community and environmental contexts.
- the ability to engage with complex cultural processes developing through time and with various outcomes in different areas.
- apply theoretical and cognitive approaches to understanding past human actions in a variety of environments and through the modern lenses of local communities and stakeholders (political, archaeological, regional authorities, industry, local different age groups etc.)
- the utilisation of the full range of computing and IT skills and resources (word-processing, e-mail, www, database searching, data management and manipulation via various software packages, etc.)
- develop strengths in practical approaches to handling, processing and presenting a variety of types of evidence from the past.
You gain the following transferrable skills:
- the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility.
- the identification of ‘problem’ areas and ability to evaluate these and forward solutions.
- the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.
- depth and maturity of thought in relation to specific subject-matter of research.
- the ability to communicate intelligently and clearly via different media.
- apply classification and analytical skills in collating and categorising data.
- coherence and organization in task management.
- the ability to work creatively and flexibly, whether on one’s own or with others in a group.
- the ability to manage one’s time and resources effectively, especially under pressure (e.g. in relation to fixed deadlines or within the specific constraints of a class presentation).
- the ability to evaluate one’s own academic and communicative performance, and to learn from the responses and criticisms of peers and teachers.
- the ability to assemble an effective project design and to implement that design successfully.
Our MA programmes include much scope for vocational training, skills acquisition and guided project work, often with use of our extensive facilities. These aspects of our programmes have been praised by external assessors in recent years.
Recent graduates have progressed to careers in a wide range of related professional and leadership areas, including national and local museums, teaching and senior roles with archaeological organisations (national government institutions, contracting units and trusts). A large proportion of completing Master’s students have progressed onto PhD study.
During the course of the programme, students have unlimited access to the following major library resources: the British School at Athens, which is located in the centre of Athens, and which holds a large collection of archaeological books, rare archive materials and collections; the library of the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB), also located in the centre of Athens and the library of the IHC in Eleusis, which is equipped with the most relevant materials for our courses. Kent’s electronic library of the university of Kent will be accessible online, whereas the electronic library of AUEB will also be accessible online.
Life in Eleusina
The programme is ideally located in the Athenian suburb of Eleusina, one of most important archaeological religious sites in the world as it was the home of the Eleusinian mysteries. It is also close to many other important sites including Parthenon, Ancient Corinth, Nemea and Thebes.
Eleusina is a quiet suburb of Athens with a very rich past, both ancient and modern. With bus connections to the centre of Athens as well as to Peloponnese, Eleusina is a great town to live and study, endowed with world-class heritage that will be most important for your studies and facilities such as a hospital, many restaurants and bars. Most classes will take place either in the archaeological site, or in bright new purpose built classrooms provided by the Initiative for Heritage Conservancy and the Municipality in Eleusina or central Athens. A list of suitable accommodation in Eleusina will be provided. We will also offer advice on arranging your own rented accommodation and liaise with landlords on your behalf.
A co-ordinator is available to liaise with out students, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For full details of the programme, please see the website: www.heritage.aueb.gr
Global Skills Award
All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.
A first or upper-second class honours degree in a relevant subject or equivalent.
All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.
Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information for your country.
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English language entry requirements
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Currently particular areas of interest are:
The history of archaeology; Roman ceramics; the archaeology of the Roman army and frontier; archaeology and gender; classical medicine; Minoan iconography, Mycenaean administration, Mycenaean epigraphy, ritual theory and general Bronze Age Aegean archaeology; archaeoastronomy; catasterism myths; later prehistory in temperate Europe, including the British Isles; the archaeology of the Roman era in Britain and the Western Provinces; Roman artefacts and art; the late post-Roman transition in the West; landscape and settlement studies; the archaeology of the Transmanche region; investigating the Mediterranean city in Late Antiquity (AD 300-650); Late Antiquity cities.
Classical studies, Late Antiquity and Byzantium
Ancient narrative literature, especially the novel; classical literature; Greek palaeography; Greek satire; Greek and Roman epic; Lucian; hagiography; Byzantium; historiography; and gender studies.
Archaic, classical and Hellenistic Greece; late period, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Egypt; the history of the Roman Republic; the life course; roads and the landscape of the Roman Empire; tourism and the classical tradition; the social, economic and financial aspects of the Roman Republic and Roman Empire; the history of the Roman army; Greek and Egyptian papyrology; epigraphy; palaeography; and neo-Latin.
Staff research interests
Full details of staff research interests can be found on the School's website.
Dr Anne Alwis: Senior Lecturer in Classical Literature
Late Antiquity and Byzantium; hagiography; gender studies; Greek palaeography.View Profile
Dr Patricia Baker: Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
The archaeology of the Roman army and frontier; archaeology and gender; classical medicine.View Profile
Dr Efrosyni Boutsikas: Lecturer in Archaeology
Archaeoastronomy; Greek ritual; religious timekeeping; catasterism myths.View Profile
Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis: Senior Lecturer in Classical and Archaeological Studies
Minoan iconography; Mycenaean administration; ritual theory; general Bronze Age Aegean.View Profile
Dr Csaba La'da: Reader in Ancient History, Papyrology and Egyptology
Late period, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine Egypt; archaic, classical and Hellenistic Greece; Greek and Egyptian papyrology, epigraphy and palaeography.View Profile
Dr Sophia Labadi: Senior Lecturer in Heritage and Archaeology
Museums and human rights, world heritage and intangible heritage conventions as well as heritage and development.View Profile
Dr Luke Lavan: Lecturer in Archaeology
Late antique archaeology; the archaeology of late antique cities; visualisation of the ancient world.View Profile
Dr Dunstan Lowe: Lecturer in Classical Studies
Roman poetry, especially Virgil and Ovid.View Profile
Dr David Nightingale: Senior Lecturer in Ancient History
Social, economic and financial aspects of the Roman Republic and Empire.View Profile
Dr Ellen Swift: Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Artefact studies; Roman dress accessories; the late post-Roman transition in the West; Roman art.View Profile
Dr Steven Willis: Senior Lecturer in Archaeology
Britain and Europe in the first millennium BC, the western Roman provinces, later prehistoric pottery and artefacts; samian pottery; the archaeology of the Transmanche area; landscape and maritime studies.View Profile
Dr Rosie Wyles: Lecturer in Classical History and Literature
Research interests include: Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond it, and gender.View Profile
Dr Kelli Rudolph: Lecturer in Classical Studies
Ancient philosophy and science, especially issues related to ancient physics, metaphysics and epistemology.View Profile
The 2017/18 annual tuition fees for this programme are:
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