University of Barcelona

Cultural Heritage Management and Museology

Objectives and competences

Objectives

This master's degree is designed to fulfil two main objectives: providing professionals and individuals interested in cultural heritage with the conceptual knowledge and practical experience necessary to manage cultural heritage; transferring the necessary theoretical and methodological tools and a sound base of knowledge to those interested in a career in applied research or in cultural heritage and museology. The programme also offers a research specialization linked to the work of various research groups and the goals of the corresponding doctoral programme.

Competences

This master's degree trains students to be effective communicators and work in interdisciplinary international teams in the areas of museology and heritage management. The skills acquired during the course are equally suited to advanced research and professional practice. Students will examine a range of trends and approaches in museology and heritage management at the international, national and local scales, and learn to develop original museology and heritage projects in line with public needs and general viability criteria.

The course focuses on two main areas: a) the design and organization of exhibitions and the valorization of monuments and heritage sites using innovative techniques and strategies; b) the identification, analysis and appraisal of the economic, legal, political, social and cultural logics that have a bearing on heritage planning and management, and the use of this expertise to design and carry out specific interventions.

On completion of the master's degree, students will have the knowledge and skills to advise public authorities, social organizations and companies in the culture sector on the different aspects of heritage management and to assess the suitability of museology projects.