Postgraduate opportunities with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

This online chat event is designed to inform prospective postgraduate students about the postgraduate opportunities available at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage.

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage (IIICH) is a focal point for cross-disciplinary research, postgraduate teaching and policy engagement.

The courses we offer are:

Dr John Carman (Senior Lecturer in Heritage Valuation) and Richard Swain (Postgraduate Recruitment at the College of Arts and Law) are available online between 11:00-12:00 for the Live Q&A to answer your questions about studying at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage.

A number of our postgraduate mentors have studied at Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage. You are welcome to ask them any questions you have about what it’s like to work in the Institute through our online portal.

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Speaker profiles

  • Dr John Carman

    John is a Senior Lecturer in Heritage Valuation at the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage. (Live Q&A 11:00-12:00)

  • Richard Swain

    Richard is part of the Postgraduate Recruitment Team for the College of Arts and Law. (Live Q&A 11:00-12:00)

Q&A Archive

These were the questions asked during the Postgraduate opportunities with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage live event.
Xiaopei asked:

Thanks so much! Another question is do we have some opportunities to teach in the university during the PhD program?

Richard Swain replied:

Hi Xiaopei,

Postgraduate researchers in the College of Arts and Law are certainly encouraged to undertake paid work alongside their studies, and this includes potential teaching opportunities.

For postgraduate researchers, postgraduate teaching assistant (PGTA) roles are not only paid generously, but are also a brilliant way to develop confidence, particularly if you are hoping to embark on an academic career. This role would involve facilitating seminar groups or teaching small classes of undergraduate students. If you choose to be a PGTA, there are also a wide variety of training workshops designed to prepare you for the role.

You can find out more about all of the opportunities available for taught and research students on our Earning while you learn page.

I hope this helps.

Kind regards,


We’ve come to the end of our Q&A session today. Thank you very much to everyone who took part – I hope we managed to be of assistance and provide the information that you were looking for.

We will hold many more of these virtual open day events over the coming months so please check now and again to see what we’ve got lined up for the future. If you’d like to visit our campus (in real life!), our next Postgraduate Open Day will take place on 20 March 2019. We also run bespoke campus tours throughout term time and Cafés at which you can meet current students.

John Carman asked:

Hi! I am interested in applying for the Cultural Heritage PhD, and I am wondering do I need to provide a very specific proposal when applying? Or we will have time to adjust it when I start the program? And another question is about the case study, do you prefer cases in the UK or I can choose case studies all over the world?

John Carman replied:

Many thanks for this.

We do require a reasonably specific proposal for potential PhD study. It should be about 1000 words setting out what you would research (a set of specific questions can be useful), why it is interesting or important and how you might go about it. I am happy to look at drafts which we can bounce back and forth until we have a viable topic: send it to me at Once agreed we can proceed to formal application. When you start you will work with two supervisors who will help you turn the proposal into a practical project but a clear statement at the outset is essential.

We accept and work with students from all over the world whose topics relate to all the countries from which they come. There is absolutely no need to limit your interest to the UK.

I look forward to hearing more from you.

All best


John Carman asked:

Brilliant thanks. I was also wondering whether it was possible to do placements on the World Heritage course?

John Carman replied:

Dear Mark

Placements are not built into the programme — as they are for the parallel programme in International Heritage Management — because of the more limited scope of the WHS programme (it would require attachment to a World Heritage site which may be more difficult to arrange than elsewhere). Having said this, many of our students do volunteer or even work at sites while studying and we are keen to help with this.

If a managed placement is important to you you might like to consider the International Heritage Management option: details are available at

I hope this helps

All best


Mark asked:

Hello! I am interested in applying to the MA World Heritage Studies and was wondering what tips you have for writing an application for this course? Thanks

John Carman replied:

Dear Mark

Thank you for this. All we need you to do is to follow the advice given online and ensure you meet the entry requirements. We can advise on any specifics re the latter: email me at For the Personal Statement we need about 800 words on what beings you to this area of study and how you see it at present fitting into a developing career path. If you have not yet completed a current course of study we can offer you a conditional place to be confirmed once your results are known. I hope this helps. All best, John