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Earn a postgraduate certificate in Heritage and Memory Studies, 100% online.

Join us online to consider the issues of remembering the past in the modern world.

In this flexible postgraduate certificate (PgCert), you’ll explore how we, as individuals and societies, define our identity through cultural memory and connections to the past.

With guidance from experts in cultural studies, media and film studies, art history, museum studies, and politics, you’ll develop your skills in the theories and approaches used in current research into memory and heritage.

You’ll examine questions of identity and memorialisation across a wide range of media, from urbanism and monument culture, to photography and comics.

Interdisciplinary learning

This innovative online qualification draws on interdisciplinary expertise in Holocaust and genocide studies, memory studies, urbanism, museum studies, local and global material and intellectual heritage, special collections, and visual culture.

Through these varied fields, you’ll develop in-depth insight into the interdisciplinary nature of memory and heritage transmission, exploring a range of historical contexts and their aftermath, as well as various types of representation and media.

Teaching that’s tailored to you

With a flexible course structure and a range of topics to explore, you can choose areas of particular focus to tailor your qualification to your interests.

Who can join this online PgCert in Heritage and Memory Studies?

This distance-learning PgCert is open to graduates in any discipline.

It’s ideal for professionals who are active in the field of memory transmission, working in heritage or museums, and those interested in exploring a specific heritage and questions of memory policy.

Choose the University of Aberdeen for online heritage courses

1st in the UK for Art History

Our Art History department is ranked 1st in the UK for positive responses in the 2023 National Student Survey. See our NSS results.

1st in Scotland for History

Our History Department is rated 1st in Scotland and 8th in the UK for teaching satisfaction in the Guardian University Guide 2024.

1st in Scotland for Film and Visual Culture

We’re rated 1st in Scotland and 6th in the UK for Film and Visual Culture in the Complete University Guide 2024.

By the end of this PgCert, you’ll be able to...

  • Apply key concepts in memory and heritage studies to a range of visual media and historical case studies.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of memory and heritage in national and transnational processes.
  • Combine and apply different disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks, including frameworks for cultural studies, media and film studies, art history, museum studies, and politics.
  • Discuss the challenges surrounding the remembrance and transmission of difficult pasts, with attention to historical contexts, minority perspectives, and processes of decolonisation.
  • Design and analyse relevant processes for memory transmission in the context of your own local and cultural heritage.
  • Summarise critical perspectives based on individual research, and communicate these orally and in writing to tutors and peers.

What you’ll study

You’ll study the following courses that make up the 60 credits of this PgCert.

How you’ll study

Online learning

This distance-learning postgraduate certificate in Heritage and Memory Studies is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

You can learn with us anywhere, no student visa required, and manage your study hours to suit you.

Your teaching

Teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of online resources available, including:

  • pre-recorded video lectures
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with your tutors and peers
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Your tutors

This PgCert is delivered by the School of Language, Literature, Music and Visual Culture, and the School of Divinity, History, Philosophy and Art History.

You’ll learn from an interdisciplinary team of academics, from fields including cultural studies, art history, museum studies, politics, film and media studies, languages, and archaeology.

Dr Fransiska Louwagie

Dr Fransiska Louwagie

Fransiska is a Senior Lecturer in French and Francophone Studies. She holds a PhD in French post-Holocaust literature.

Fransiska’s research combines literary studies with a range of interdisciplinary perspectives. In particular, she has worked on survivor narratives and the representation of the Holocaust in contemporary Francophone fiction and comics.

She has undertaken various research collaborations in the field of drama and the visual arts, particularly graphic novels, post-Holocaust art and political cartooning.

View Fransiska’s profile
Dr Hans Hönes

Dr Hans Hönes

Hans is a Senior Lecturer in Art History. He also coordinates our MA in Art History.

Hans is a leading researcher in the field of art historiography and art theory. Much of his work addresses the history of humanities more broadly.

Hans has published extensively on art historiography since the eighteenth century, and has written and edited books on Heinrich Wölfflin, eighteenth-century antiquarianism, and art history and migration.

View Hans’ profile

This PgCert is assessed online.

We’ll use several types of assessment throughout your studies, including:

  • individual design projects
  • critical reviews
  • essays, and
  • presentations.

Hours for taught courses

A 60-credit PgCert takes around 600 hours of study and assessment time to complete.

To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term.

30 credits

  • Around 300 hours of study and assessment time to complete.
  • You’ll study 15 – 20 hours per week per term, plus more at assessment times.

This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes. This includes time for independent study, as well as teaching and assessments.

You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. Your learning materials are available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.

Activities at fixed times

There will be some activities scheduled at a fixed time, such as online meetings with your tutor and assessments with deadlines. But otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.

Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your coordinator via email, MyAberdeen and Microsoft Teams. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.

We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.

But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.

Your most important commitment will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.

Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your studies each week:

  • Be realistic
  • Create a weekly schedule as a guide

If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.

We’re a member of the Access scheme run by the Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL).

Access study spaces, books and journals in your area

The SCONUL Access scheme allows you, as a University of Aberdeen student, to access books and resources at university libraries across the UK and Ireland, or visit them for a quiet place to study.

You’ll be able to use study spaces, books and journals at over 150 university libraries which belong to the scheme.

Find out about the SCONUL Access scheme for libraries.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Dr Fransiska Louwagie

Fransiska is co-coordinator for this PgCert. She’ll be on hand to answer any questions about course content before you start, and to help you throughout your studies.

Dr Hans Hönes

Hans is co-coordinator for this PgCert. He’ll be on hand to answer any questions about course content before you start, and to help you throughout your studies.

Thomas Connolly

Thomas is a Lead Administrator for the School of LLMVC. He and his team will be there throughout your studies to answer any of your non-academic queries.

Get in touch

The online education team is here to answer any questions you have right now about this qualification, or about studying online.

Ask us a question

Where this will take you

Your PgCert qualification

On successful completion of this programme, you’ll earn a recognised PgCert in Heritage and Memory Studies from the University of Aberdeen, one of the UK’s six ancient universities.

You’ll receive exactly the same qualification online as you would on campus. Your PgCert title will not mention online or distance learning.

Your postgraduate qualification will be recognised by employers and learning institutions around the world.


This PgCert opens up a range of career prospects for graduates looking to work across cultural and disciplinary boundaries.

It’s valuable learning at Masters level, ideally suited to roles within:

  • research
  • academia
  • heritage
  • museums
  • teaching
  • journalism
  • television and radio broadcasting
  • tourism
  • NGOs
  • non-profit organisations
  • international business
  • marketing, and
  • the civil service.

Further study

This PgCert is also great preparation for further postgraduate studies, including doctoral studies.

Lifelong career support

Our career support doesn’t stop when you graduate.

You have access to our free careers service while you study, and beyond.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

Fees and funding

The fee quoted above is based on you starting your studies with us in the 2024/25 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% for the 2025/26 academic year. Our indicative cost includes a 5% fee rise each year.

Pay as you go

This is a pay-as-you-go degree.

You do not have to pay the full tuition fee upfront.

You can spread the cost and pay as you go, term by term.

How it works

  • You decide how many credits to study for each term.
  • At the start of term, you pay only for the credits you’re taking that term.
  • This gives you control over your costs and workload for each term of your degree.

Your personalised cost breakdown

Use the degree scheduler to plan your studies and see your cost breakdown, term by term.

Learning resources

Access to all the books and resources you need are included in your tuition fee. They’ll be made available to you online and you do not have to buy your own copies.


You may wish to set aside a small budget for printing, depending on how you like to work.

There are several ways you may be able to get help funding your studies:

Find out more about funding options.

Student card

All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.

20% Alumni discount

You’re entitled to 20% off our postgraduate taught degrees and short courses if you have a degree from the University of Aberdeen. View Alumni discount details.

How discounts work

Discounts are applied during your application process. You can only use one discount per application.

Choose the University of Aberdeen for flexible online qualifications

Fits around full-time work

This PgCert is designed to fit around work. With part-time hours and 24/7 study access.

Over 525 years of excellence

Study with the fifth-oldest university in the English-speaking world, founded in 1495.

20% alumni discount

University of Aberdeen graduates enjoy 20% off postgraduate online short courses and degrees.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this PgCert are:

  • a 2:2 UK honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

You’re also welcome to apply if you have:

  • other relevant qualifications, and
  • relevant professional experience or interests.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world.

See the minimum entry requirements above. If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check equivalent qualifications from your country.

Visa requirements

You do not need a student visa to study online with us.

English language requirements

Teaching is delivered in English.

If English is not your first language, use our English requirements checklist to see if you need to provide evidence of your English language skills when you apply.

English language tests and scores

If you do need to provide English language test scores, these are the tests and minimum scores we accept.

These are our Postgraduate Higher requirements.

IELTS Academic, IELTS UKVI Academic, and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)

  • 6.5 overall
  • 5.5 for listening and speaking
  • 6.0 for reading and writing

TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition

  • 90 overall
  • 17 for listening
  • 21 for reading
  • 20 for speaking
  • 21 for writing
  • TOEFL DI code is 0818

Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency

  • 176 overall
  • 162 for listening and speaking
  • 169 for reading and writing

LanguageCert Academic/LanguageCert Academic SELT

  • 70 overall
  • 60 for listening and speaking
  • 65 for reading and writing

LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken) – Online / In-centre

  • Overall High Pass
  • 33 for listening, reading and speaking
  • 38 for writing

Oxford ELLT Digital – English Language Level Test Online

  • 7.0 overall
  • 5.0 for listening and speaking
  • 6.0 for reading and writing

PTE Academic (online test not accepted)

  • 62 overall
  • 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing

For more information about language qualifications see our English Language Requirements page.

You will need access to:

A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:

  • Windows 10 or later
  • macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.

Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.

Reliable internet access

We recommend:

  • a wired connection
  • a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.

Speakers or headphones

  • We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
  • A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.


We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.

If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.

See our detailed IT requirements for more information.

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