Master of Arts in Heritage Interpretation

The Master of Arts in Heritage Interpretation is a course focusing on innovative strategies for Heritage Interpretation (HI) applied to different contexts, particularly those related to tourism and education. The course includes reviewing current methods of HI and planning of HI technology development. The course is offered on a part-time basis.

30th Sep 2024

Start Date

5 Semesters + Practicum




Institute of Tourism Studies

Course Provider

€ Varies *


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Course Fees

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What you'll learn

Programme Learning Outcomes

  • Devise innovative strategies for Heritage Interpretation which may be applied to different contexts, particularly those related to tourism and education
  • Initiate research and be self-driven to propose new studies in HI which will contribute toward local and international
  • Heritage and Tourism sectors
  • Critically assess the stakeholders/ audience/clients who will benefit from an adequate HI product while establishing methods of research to carry out audience segmentation to provide the best HI experience to a wide variety of clients
  • Comprehensively deal with ICT professionals when developing HI technology and critically assess the full cycle of planning, implementation and review of such technology
  • Critically review current methods of HI which are already present in Heritage and Tourism attractions


  • A relevant MQF/EQF Level 6 (180 ECTS) degree at second class or better OR
  • An MQF/EQF Level 6 degree plus a portfolio evidencing relevant work experience for at least 3 years OR
  • A full qualification at MQF/EQF Level 5 with 120 ECTS, AND a portfolio evidencing appropriate writing and analytical skills to ensure that the prospective candidate can fully and meaningfully participate in the course, and work experience at professional and/or executive level for at least 5 years
  • Applicants must also provide proof of their English proficiency at the C1 level
  • Minimum age required: 16 years

Possible Career Opportunities

  • Heritage management and curatorship
  • Docent
  • Historical interpretation consultant
  • Visitor experience executive/consultant
  • Exhibitions manager
  • Museums collections officer
  • Multimedia producer


  • EU/EEA Nationals €1,500 per semester
  • Non-EU/EEA Nationals €3,125 per semester

Course Provider

About the Institute of Tourism Studies
The Institute of Tourism Studies (ITS), established in 1987, is Malta's leading tourism and hospitality educational institution. ITS offers a broad selection of study programmes taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers. The campus provides multiple specialised labs and kitchens to ensure that students receive the essential theoretical and practical education.

The Institute of Tourism Studies, located close to the Malta International Airport and sister campus in Qala, Gozo, currently offers programmes of study ranging from Foundation Programme (MQF Level 2) to Masters Degree Programmes (MQF Level 7) level. ITS has a signed academic affiliation with the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), ranked one of the top ten institutions globally in the field of Tourism and Hospitality Management.

In addition to the agreement with EAHM, ITS has secured contracts throughout the years with various top international universities and institutions to ensure students not only graduate from a reputable institute but in the process have the opportunity to study at these institutions. Students can obtain a more comprehensive experience and develop skills to meet diverse international standards.

ITS works closely with the highly esteemed Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences in Finland and Institut Lyfe (formerly known as Institut Paul Bocuse.) in France to offer its degree programmes in Bachelor in International Hospitality Management and Bachelor in Culinary Arts, respectively.

The Institute of Tourism Studies prides itself on offering students theoretical knowledge and extensive hands - on experience throughout the ITS training restaurants, kitchens, and hospitality laboratories. ITS students also gain opportunities for further training through the Local Industrial Trade Practice and International Internship, which is included in the students' programme of study.

With various programmes available at multiple levels, covering the necessities of the tourism and hospitality industry, students can be sure they have the best opportunity to specialise in areas suited to their abilities and interests.


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