Interpretation: Management and Practice MSc

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What is special about this course?

If you are enthusiastic about engaging people with their heritage and creating exceptional visitor experiences, this innovative postgraduate course in Interpretation: Management and Practice is for you.

Interpretation encompasses a variety of activities, from guided walks to multi-million-pound exhibitions, which help to explain the significance of places and resources in a meaningful way. Interpretation has a key role to play in creating engaging experiences that benefit organisations and empower communities, creating social, cultural and economic prosperity.

This masters course is delivered by a team of highly experienced tourism and heritage professionals and academics. Together with experts already engaged in exciting heritage and environmental projects around the world, they will help you to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to develop engaging visitor experiences and community projects that will encourage people to discover more about their cultural heritage and the natural environment.

Special features

  • A unique industry-informed masters course in interpretation, heritage and tourism
  • Taught by highly experienced professionals and academics
  • You will learn how to plan, manage and deliver interpretation and communication projects and apply your newly acquired skills to your areas of expertise and interest
  • The course is delivered online through the university’s virtual learning environment (VLE), so you can study wherever you are in the world
  • You can study full-time or part-time enabling you to fit your studies around your personal and professional commitments 
  • You can work towards the PgCert, PgDip or full masters degree, or study individual modules for continuing professional development (CPD)

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or above, a postgraduate diploma or a professional qualification 
  • Applicants who have an ordinary undergraduate degree, relevant work experience and/or vocational qualifications may also apply


*Funding support notice*

Postgraduate Loans (SAAS) (Scottish domiciled and EU students)

Loans for tuition fees are available from SAAS for eligible Scotland domiciled and EU students, and loans for living costs for eligible Scottish students.


Access routes

Entry from the university's undergraduate programmes is possible.


Core modules are:

  • Interpretation: purpose and planning
  • Project design and implementation
  • Communication strategies and theories


Option modules, of which you must choose three, may include:

  • Interpretive methods, media and design
  • Interpreting the natural environment
  • Interpreting the historic environment
  • Visitor studies
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Research methods and techniques (core for progression to the MSc)


To achieve the award of MSc Interpretation: Management and Practice you must complete a research dissertation

How will I study my course?

  • You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment (VLE)
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • Online lectures, interviews with practitioners, presentations, industry case studies, e-books and academic articles are complemented by regular discussions with tutors and fellow students

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time (MSc): 18 months
  • Part-time (structured) (MSc): 3 years
  • Part-time (unstructured) (MSc): 6 years (maximum)

Where can I study my course?

Start date

  • September
  • January


The following fees apply to this taught postgraduate course:

Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £560 £650 £900
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,680 £1,950 £2,700
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,360 £3,900 £5,400
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £5,000 £5,850 £8,120


Rest of UK
(inc EU)
Per module (20 credits) £520 £650 £852
Postgraduate certificate (3 modules, 60 credits) £1,560 £1,950 £2,556
Postgraduate diploma (6 modules, 120 credits) £3,120 £3,900 £5,112
Masters degree (6 modules + dissertation) £4,680 £5,850 £7,660

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

Enquiries from employers for multiple student registrations are welcome and special fee arrangements may apply.


From 2017, eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5500.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

Students from the rest of the UK who meet the eligibility requirements may be able to apply for a loan from the Student Loan Company

You may also be able to apply for a government Professional and Career Development Loan

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact Perth College UHI for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

As well as considering new posts in the public, private or voluntary/third sector at officer, manager or senior management level, the continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities from this Interpretation: Management and Practice course could lead to promotion in your existing employment, or self-employment.

Can I progress into further study?

Progression to PhD is possible.

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I want to start in Aug/Sep 2018 or Jan/Feb 2019

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