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Cultural Heritage Management and Museology


A shift in cultural policies in recent years and the gradual renewal of social interest in heritage have had a significant impact on heritage institutions and cultural amenities, broadening the scope of existing structures and requiring the creation of new facilities to cater for growing demand. Logically, this has expanded the employment market for skilled professionals in the fields of heritage conservation, dissemination and management.

The master's degree in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology offers professional training in preparation for a variety of roles in museums, heritage institutions, public bodies and cultural enterprises, encompassing emerging professions and new profiles in the field of heritage management. It is fundamentally professional in focus, aiming to give students the theoretical and practical training through which they will acquire the competences to find employment in the heritage sector. It is also a markedly interdisciplinary programme, reflected both in its organization and in the course content itself; the teaching staff are drawn from fourteen different departments across seven faculties, and several are at the UB as part of national and international mobility programmes or as guest lecturers.

The 90-credit master's degree has been taught since the academic year 2006-2007 (although the course was introduced as a UB-specific degree in 1995-1996). It shares a number of subjects with the master's degree in Cultural Management.
The master's degree programme lasts two academic years. During the first year (equivalent to 60 credits) students attend theoretical and practical sessions, and they enjoy a series of field trips to heritage institutions and a study trip to a European city. The second year (equivalent to 30 credits) consists of presenting the master's degree Final Project (which can be professional- or research-oriented) and a placement in a patrimonial institution (which can be in Catalonia, the rest of Spain or abroad). It is worth noting that the master's degree has the recognition of excellence granted by the AQU (Quality Agency of the Catalan Government).

Learning 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.

Basic Information

Number of ECTS credits awarded:
Language(s) of instruction:
 Catalan and Spanish
Number of places available:
Approximate price:
 27,67 euros per credit ( 82 euros for students who are not EU nationals and do not currently reside in Spain). Fees for the academic year 2021-2022
Faculty or school:
  Faculty of Geography and History
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