Master's Degree in Cultural Heritage: Research and Management (MPAT)
Cultural heritage is a concept that exists across Europe. It has to do with the material and immaterial signs of our societies’ history and culture. It has become a leading social issue among countries and international institutions, as reflected in European legislation, UNESCO policies, and the existence of the ICOMOS, among others.
The Department of Historical Sciences and Art Theory at the UIB has created the Master’s degree programme in cultural heritage: research and management, which will train and educate professionals in two priority areas:
- The management of heritage projects
- Research on heritage-related issues
Both respond to the needs of and professional profiles required by contemporary society.
Graduates from this Master’s programme will have a professional profile that is specifically related to the management of issues regarding cultural heritage in general. They will be specialists who are able to promote sustainable quality tourism by designing cultural and environmental policies that value historical-artistic elements, history itself, and collective memory.
The Master’s degree programme in cultural heritage: research and management focuses on the internationalization of students in the programme by partnering up with and offering a dual degree with the University of Perpignan Via Domitia (UPVD) and the People’s Friendship University of Russia (URAP, Moscow). The programme also includes required mentored internships in public and private cultural institutions in order to prepare students for the working world.
This Master’s programme develops professionals who are specialized in the research and management of heritage by giving students the tools, techniques, knowledge, and abilities they need to value heritage as an asset for local development and an important social issue.
- It trains specialists in the framework of integrated conservation of cultural heritage.
- It gives students access to more in-depth knowledge and studies on cultural heritage.
- It responds to the demand for cultural heritage labour.
- It provides students with the competencies that those responsible for managing cultural heritage must have.
- It establishes a link between cultural heritage and specific models for developing cultural tourism.
- It analyses and deals with the relationship between cultural heritage and local development.
This Master’s programme trains specialists in cultural heritage who are able to work at various levels in different positions: heritage specialists, heritage consultants, cultural tourism and sociocultural monitors and counsellors, heritage researchers (both regarding physical artefacts and intangible attributes in various areas: historical and artistic, anthropological, ethnological, documentary, archaeological, industrial, immaterial, etc.), specialists in cataloguing cultural and heritage goods in general.
The programme leads to employment opportunities in various services at different levels of the public administration (culture, tourism, education, urbanism, etc.) and in private businesses related to culture and tourism.
Legislation requires that official Spanish degree programmes receive a positive assessment from the National Agency for Quality Assessment and Accreditation (ANECA, by its Spanish acronym). This process is known as verification, and it serves to ensure that education programmes are properly designed to provide the competencies and reach the learning goals around which the programmes are built. In the technical details you can find reports on official study programmes.
The European Higher Education Area requires that there be a system in place to ensure the quality of degree programmes.
The Master's programme is subject to constant assessment and improvement processes that guarantee that it maintains a certain level of prestige and renown in Europe. You can see the results of the assessment processes in the section on quality.