The student’s guide to studying heritage in South Africa

by | Sep 28, 2019

By Jacques Stoltz & Tammy Stewart

Thinking about pursuing further studies in the heritage sector? We’ve got you covered. Below are some of the programmes on offer at the country’s major institutions. If we’ve missed something, let us know and we will update the article. For PhD programmes we suggest you contact each university individually to enquire about options available.

 

Sol Plaatje University (Times Higher Education (THE) world university ranking not available)

The School of Humanities offers a one-year certificate programme in heritage.

Higher Certificate in Heritage Studies

 

Stellenbosch University (No 301 – 350 on the 2019 THE rankings)

Honours, masters and PhD programmes are on offer through the History Department.

History Department

 

The South African Institute for Heritage Science and Conservation 

The South African Institute for Heritage Science and Conservation is an institution of higher learning which offers an annual postgraduate diploma in technical conservation studies.

Technical Conservation Studies

 

University of Cape Town (No. 156 on the 2019 THE world university rankings)

UCT offers a range of courses in African studies, heritage and public culture, archaeology, curatorship and historical studies. The School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics also offers the ever popular M Phil in Conservation of the Built Environment. For those wishing to do a more contained continuing professional development course, the Heritage Resources Management certificate provides a good grounding in heritage conservation of the built environment.

Centre of African Studies

Postgraduate Diploma in African Studies
Hons/Masters in African Studies
Hons/Masters in Heritage and Public Culture

Coursework Masters in African Studies
Research Masters in African Studies
MPhil in Environmental Humanities
PhD in African Studies

Archaeology

Hons in Archaeology
Hons in Archaeology & Environmental Science
Research Masters in Archaeology
PhD in Archaeology

Michaelis School of Fine Art

Postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art
Hons in Curatorship
Hons/Masters in Art Historical Studies
MFA in Fine Art
Research Masters in Fine Art
PhD in Fine Art

Historical Studies

Hons in Historical Studies
Research Masters in Historical Studies
PhD in Historical Studies

School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics

M Phil in Conservation of the Built Environment

Continuing Professional Development

CPD periodically offers a short course in Heritage Resource Management through the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics.

 

University of Fort Hare (THE ranking not available)

Fort Hare offers a postgraduate diploma in archives and records management. Honours, masters and PhD programmes are on offer through the Department of History.

Postgrad Diploma Archives and Records Management

History Honours

History Masters

 

University of Johannesburg (No 601 – 800 on the 2019 THE rankings)

Students at UJ can opt for honours or masters programmes in historical studies.

Faculty of Humanities

BA Honours in Historical Studies

MA in Historical Studies

 

University of KwaZulu-Natal (No 401 – 500 on the 2019 THE rankings)

UKZN offers a postgraduate diploma in museology and honours and master’s degrees in culture and heritage tourism as well as history.

Postgraduate Diploma in Museology

BA Honours in Culture and Heritage Tourism

BA Honours in History

MA Honours in Culture and Heritage Tourism

MA Honours in History

 

University of Pretoria (No 601 – 800 on the 2019 THE rankings)

Arguably one of the most exciting programmes on offer next year is the new MSocSci in tangible heritage conservation. Other Tuks programmes on offer include honours and masters programmes in archaeology, visual studies, heritage and cultural tourism; and heritage, museum and preservation studies.

BA Honours in Archaeology

BSocSciHons Heritage and Cultural Tourism

BSocSciHons Heritage, Museum and Preservation Studies

BSocSciHons History

MA Archaeology

MSocSci Anthropology

MSocSci Heritage and Cultural Tourism

MSocSci Heritage and Cultural Tourism (coursework)

MSocSci Heritage and Museum Studies

MSocSci Heritage and Museum Studies (coursework)

MSocSci History

MSocSci History (coursework)

MSocSci Tangible Heritage Conservation (coursework)

 

University of the Free State (THE ranking not available)

Honours, masters and PhD programmes are on offer through the Department of History as well as the Centre for Gender and Africa Studies.

Centre for Gender and Africa Studies

Department of History

 

University of South Africa (No 1001+ on the 2019 THE rankings)

UNISA offers qualifications in archaeology, history and archival science.

BA Honours in Archaeology

BA Honours in History

Honours Bachelor of Arts in Archival Science

 

University of the Western Cape (No 601 – 800 on the 2019 THE rankings)

UWC offers the African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies at honours and masters level in partnership with the Robben Island Museum. An honours or masters in history can also be completed with the Department of History.

African Programme in Museum and Heritage Studies

Department of History

 

University of the Witwatersrand (No 201 – 250 on the 2019 THE rankings)

At Wits University there is a diverse range of honours and masters programmes on offer, including arts, culture, history, archaeology and heritage. History of Art students can also choose from a range of courses on offer including collections management, curating exhibitions and museum education.

BA Honours in History

BA Honours in Archaeology

BA Honours in Arts, Culture and Heritage Management

BA Honours in Heritage Studies

BA Honours in History of Art

MA in Cultural Policy and Management

MA in Archaeology

MA in History

MA in Heritage

MA in History of Art

 

Other options

The South African Qualifications Authority has registered unit standards covering a wide range of topics such as the preservation of heritage objects, sites and resources; sustainable heritage practices; development of products for heritage tourism purposes; control factors causing deterioration in heritage and many more. Visit www.saqa.org.za to search for accredited qualifications, unit standards and training providers.

Email heritage@placematters.co.za if you’d like to comment on the list.

This article first appeared in The Heritage Portal.