CHM2001 Management of Heritage Institutions: Industrial Placement

Code: CHM2001
Credits: 30


This module will comprise a taught element and Industrial Placement in a heritage organisation which preferably holds a Chinese collection.

The Industrial Placement will provide students with invaluable practical work experience in the heritage industry, and allow them to learn how heritage organisations are run and managed as businesses. Undertaking a work-based placement will also enhance students' employment prospects.

Students will be expected to apply all the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout all the modules studied on the MA programme to make the most of their experiences on the placement.

The module aims to:

  • Introduce students to concepts of management of heritage organisations as well as the specific management of cultural heritage
  • Prepare students for the workplace and allow them to effectively apply skills and knowledge taught throughout the ma programme
  • Provide students with valuable practical work experience in the heritage industry and allow them to develop key skills and understanding to increase their employability

Learning outcomes


Upon the successful completion of this module, students will be able to :

  • Understand and have extensive knowledge of how a heritage organization is managed and operated.

  • Understand how different heritage organisations are managed and operated.

  • Understand the significance of the practical knowledge and techniques gained and how they can apply and used in care of a Chinese collections by a heritage organisation.


  • High levels of organisation, time management and responsibility

  • Ability to successfully complete tasks set by supervisors during placement

  • Ability to interact and communicate effectively with members of staff (and public) at a heritage organisation

  • Ability to behave professionally in a working environment

  • Additional skills specific to the role undertaken – these may vary according to availability and interest of the students. E.g. marketing or communication skills.

Teaching and learning

Students will be taught through a combination of preparatory lectures and group discussions. They will also undertake a 10 week (approximately 120 hours) industrial placement at a heritage organisation.


Coursework 1 (20%), Coursework 2 (30%) & Coursework 3 (50%)
Total: 100%