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BA (Hons) in Heritage

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
BA (Hons) in Heritage
Cultural Heritage Area
Planning and Management
Dissemination and Communication
Programme description

Heritage is anything from the past that people identify with, or something which is handed down through generations. Heritage is also concerned with how the past shapes the present and future – in, for example, tourist attractions, museum exhibitions, cultural identities, post-conflict reconciliation, planning policies, and nature conservation schemes.

The study of heritage at ATU is broad, dynamic, and multidisciplinary – drawing critical insights from heritage studies and related fields. These include archaeology, architecture, cartography, climatology, cinema, creative & cultural industries, digital humanities, ecology, e-commerce & entrepreneurship, environmental management, field studies, folklore, genealogy, geography (human and physical), GIS, history (including public history), language & literature, music & song, planning, memory studies, museology, and sustainability.

Heritage students learn through a lively and practical hands-on learning experience, delivered by lecturers with many years of experience working in third-level education and the heritage sector. In-person lectures and classroom discussions are supplemented by regular off-site fieldtrips to heritage sites, interpretative centres, and museums throughout Ireland and overseas.

Learning also takes place by means of library work, labs, and Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs). Research-informed teaching, Work-Integrated Learning (WIL), Universal Design for Learning (UDL), and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are important features of our heritage programmes.

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
BA (Hons) in Heritage
Name of the qualification (Original language)
BA (Hons) in Heritage
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Initial E&T
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
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Engagement and use
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
ISCED level of programme
ISCED field
0288 Inter-disciplinary programmes and qualifications involving arts and humanities
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
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Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

255 CAO Points (2022)

Teaching language
Programme learning outcomes

Purpose: This is a multi-purpose award-type. The knowledge, skill and competence acquired are relevant to personal development, participation in society and community, employment in heritage and related areas, and access to additional education and training and Levels 9 and 10.


Knowledge – breadth: An understanding of the theory, concepts and methods pertaining to the field of heritage studies (including: built, cultural, natural, and digital heritages) and cognate areas such as history, historiography, geography, planning, archaeology, literature, tourism, culture, memory, museology, curatorship, musicology, language, and ICT.


Knowledge – kind: Detailed knowledge and understanding in specialised areas of heritage studies, including interdisciplinary insights into the nexus between the past, present, and future.


Know-how and skill – range: Demonstrate mastery of a complex and specialised area of skills and tools pertaining to the study of heritage, including: Multidisciplinary insights into intangible, tangible, natural, and digital heritages; Fieldwork and teamwork in urban and rural environments; Knowledge of human-environment relations from prehistory to modern times; Habitat and field monument identification; Regional/national guiding, map-reading, cartographic, museological, curating, reading, literacy, language, and computing skills; Communication and presentation skills (written, oral, and aural); Critical thinking skills; Advanced academic skills for researching and writing a final-year dissertation, including archival investigations, oral history techniques, sampling, focus groups, interviews, and questionnaires.


Know-how and skill – selectivity: Exercise appropriate judgement in complex planning, design, technical, and management functions related to heritage products, services, operations, and processes, including the resourcing of these.


Competence – context: Use advanced skills to conduct scholarly research, take accountability for related decision-making, and employ analytical and creative skills in a broad range of heritage contexts.


Competence – role: Act efficiently and proactively under guidance in a peer relationship with heritage academics and practitioners.


Competence – learning to learn: Become skilled at learning about heritage in the classroom and field, by managing learning tasks in an autonomous and professional framework informed by an ethic of sustainability.


Competence – insight: Express a comprehensive, internalised, personal world view of heritage, by means of an interconnected curriculum that: Manifests solidarity with others; Draws on the past to comprehend the present; Grasps the importance of providing for a better future; Links to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of cultural, economic, environmental, and social sustainability.



Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
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Description of quality assurance obligations of the programme / institution

Programmatic review process.

Tuition cost

The Student Contribution fee is €3,000.

Are grants available?
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