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What will I learn?

The Cultural Property Protection (CPP) MLitt is a flexible research programme offering a bespoke specialist CPP qualification, fully supported by world-class experts in the field.

About this course

You will be suitable for this course if you are:

interested in the protection of cultural property during armed conflict or following natural disasters
a recent graduate considering PhD research in this field
a member of the armed forces seeking a professional CPP qualification
a heritage professional seeking a professional CPP qualification

The Cultural Property Protection MLitt is a bespoke researched based programme with some taught elements. The taught research methods part of the programme provides structured learning. This is ideal if you're unfamiliar with academic research or have been away from academia for a long time.

What you'll learn

You'll develop research and presentation skills in the taught component. You will gain a key grounding in the policies and practice surrounding cultural property protection in armed conflict and disasters from different perspectives, including:

the armed forces
international organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO's)
heritage professionals

Modules will enable you to develop:

advanced knowledge of critiques of cultural heritage destruction and protection as contested arenas
advanced knowledge of contemporary armed conflict in relation to CPP, examining various conflicts and actors
advanced knowledge of national and international legal, ethical, and policy frameworks, and military doctrine
a critical and discriminating understanding of the role of various actors in heritage destruction and protection
a critical and discriminating understanding of the technologies available for cultural property protection.

Your development

The programme is in Media, Culture, Heritage (MCH), within the School of Arts and Cultures. This is a leading academic centre for research and teaching in museum, gallery, and heritage studies with a thriving, high-profile interdisciplinary research community of:

postgraduate research students
experienced academic researchers who are key figures in their fields.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Cultures

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
£18,000.00 (US$ 20,550) per year
This is a fixed fee

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2022


Newcastle University

King’s Gate,

Newcastle upon Tyne,


NE1 7RU, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students should have a four-year bachelor's degree with a minimum GPA ranging from 2.8 to 3.2 out of 4.0 (admissions criteria will vary depending on which course they are applying to).

For international students

A 2:1 honours degree, or international equivalent, (or relevant sector experience) in a subject relevant to the research proposal. Appropriate degree areas include: heritage management, archaeology, classics, history, architecture, disaster and emergency management and humanitarian response, international relations, communications and media, peacebuilding, terrorism, security studies, criminology, and other similar fields. Depending on the focus, a number of other courses may also offer suitable backgrounds for this programme, such as: anthropology, philosophy, geography. Science and engineering subjects are not normally accepted but will be considered if you have good relevant professional experience following graduation/post-degree. We will also consider applicants with non-degree level qualifications as long you also have a minimum of five years relevant sector experience. Relevant industry experience can include such things as: serving in the armed forces; a position involving heritage or museum management, or heritage project delivery; humanitarian and disaster response. English Language Requirements - IELTS 7.0 overall (with a minimum of 6.5 in all sub-skills).; TOEFL 100 overall (with a minimum of 21 in listening, 22 in reading, 23 in speaking, and 22 in writing).; Pearsons 69 overall (with a minimum of 61 in all sub-skills).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Newcastle University

Newcastle University offers an internationally respected qualification and a graduate employment rate of 94 per cent.

  • Historic campus with modern facilities
  • Nine National Teaching Fellowships awarded among staff
  • Scholarships and bursaries available
  • Highest offer rate of Russell Group universities

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