Careers in Heritage Sciences (MSP)

This master’s degree programme draws from experience gained by CESR in the field of Heritage Science over more than a decade. Integrated into the regional Intelligence des Patrimoines (Heritage Intelligence) programme, it is also based on professional expectations in an evolving socio-economic context in various sectors: tourism, culture and publishing as well as in libraries, teaching and research. It emphasises the major contribution of fundamental research and practice in the humanities and social sciences in conjunction with other scientific sectors to these fields.

The programme offers training in project management and the acquisition of digital literacy and key software tools, as well as the editing, publishing and communication of content with high added value. It prepares students for doctorates to develop new fields of research, and also for responsibilities at executive level that require a critical approach to historical knowledge and heritage, as well as skills in gathering and processing data and digital documents relating to these fields.

The MA Careers in Heritage Sciences also offers optional specialisation in written heritage and digital publishing, which prepares students more specifically for careers in the digital conservation as well as for the processes of emphasising the assets of written heritage (libraries, archives and research projects) and its digital processing. This specialisation from the MSP MA is enhanced by a number of teaching modules from the MA Cultures & Heritage of the Renaissance and the MA Digitisation in Culture and Heritage.

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Master 1

First semester

  1. Common 2 HCP and HN degrees core courses: General introduction to the curriculum: Research, Heritage and Digitisation (16 hours)
  2. Common HCP degree core courses: Research methodology and digital tools (42 hours)
  3. Capacity-building module: Digital cultures and software tools (36 hours)
  4. Module 1: Introduction to different forms of heritage (60 hours)
  5. Module 2: Different forms of Heritage, from the interdisciplinary study of objects to careers (48 hours)
  6. Research paper

Second semester

  1. Common HCP degree core courses: Research methodology and digital tools (46 hours)
  2. Capacity-building module: Digital cultures and software tools (48 hours)
  3. Module 3: Heritage sciences (60 hours)
  4. Module 4: Heritage Law & Management (60 hours)
  5. Internship and/or pre-research paper
  6. Professional training module (10 hours)

Master 2

First semester

  1. Common HCP degree core courses: Research methodology and digital tools (42 hours)
  2. Capacity-building module: Digital cultures and software tools (24 hours)
  3. Module 5: Editorial and publishing practices (72 hours)
  4. Module 6: Different forms of Heritage, from the interdisciplinary study of objects to new careers (36 hours)
  5. Transcript of records

Second semester

  1. Module 7: Professional skills (50 hours)
  2. Module 8: Training workshops in and through research/Internship and presentation of student work
  3. Transcript of records
  4. Professional training module (10 hours)

Recommended Bachelors

Bachelor in Humanities, Social Sciences and Digital Sciences


Composition of the application file

Official transcript of bachelor, and master 1 for the entry in master 2, CV (without photo), Letter of motivation (with precision on the research project and professional, specific motivation for the envisaged training, quality of the expression)

Recruitment Criteria

Analysis of the application file and possible interview


Registration Period :

From April 23 to May 25, 2018


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Program supervisor : Pascale Charron et Christine Fauvelle-Aymar
master.msp@univ-tours.fr