Culture, Tourism and the Heritage Industry

2-year Masters degree
Culture, Tourism and the Heritage Industry

culture, tourism and the heritage industry

Programme director
Arnauld Vandermersch (arnauld.vandermersch@univ-catholille.fr)

Research supervisors
Arnauld Vandermersch (historical geography), Marc Le Piouff (project management), Stéphanie Leroux (human geography)

Academic Calendar
1st Year: First semester from mid-September to Christmas, second semester from March to June, work placement in January-February

2nd Year: First semester from mid-September to Christmas, second semester: team project in January + work placement from February to July

Language of instruction
French

If you are interested in culture, world heritage, tourism and leisure, if you like designing projects and implementing them either alone or with a team, if you show creativity, this Masters degree in Culture, Tourism and the Heritage Industry will meet your expectations. The objective is to lead students to a wide range of skills including these three intertwined fields. Possible areas of work for graduates are numerous: local councils, regional authorities, charities, private companies, funds, cultural centres, museums, tourist offices, etc.

Thanks to a professional approach this Masters degree includes two crucial domains: on the one hand, its emphasis on local needs and requirements and, on the other hand, its collaboration with all the actors in the field, two areas which permanently preoccupy professionals. This special feature will be further developed during the second year.

Entry Requirements
Any holder of a French bachelor’s degree (or an equivalent foreign degree) in the humanities may register for this Masters. This degree is particularly adapted to history, media and communication or foreign language graduates, but economics, law or social science graduates may also register. Any degree other than a French bachelor’s degree needs to be validated before the student is accepted.

What Next ?
Jobs in cultural tourism, cultural communication, managing landmarks or archaeological heritage sites, managing a tourist office, archivist, tour group leader, multimedia librarian, promoting tourism in specific areas, cultural mediation, the civil service (entry via competitive examinations).

Work placements
Students have to undertake two professional work placements: a 2-month one during the first year of the degree, and another one lasting at least 5 months during the second year. Work placements can be undertaken in a foreign country, European or not. Work placements are followed by a report and a final dissertation.