Annamaria Nizi

Subject Cultural Heritage
Course MA International Heritage Management
Country Italy
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Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

I enrolled the MA in international Heritage Management thanks to a government full grant which covered my path of study and my time in UK. In accordance to this scheme I have agreed to come back to my home-country in order to transfer skills and knowledge I acquired in UK to a national body. So, I will come back to Italy and work at the National Heritage Board where I will be responsible for delivering an exciting conservation project.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering postgraduate study in your field?

I would say to anyone who is interested in pursuing postgraduate study in the heritage field: “Go for it!”. It is indeed a beautiful area of knowledge to be investigated. As many interested in the sector may know, the main thing is getting relevant experience from internships or volunteer roles: indeed, they offer invaluable skills that will be essential for all the day to day duties you will need on the job. Thus, I would recommend to study and to volunteer and the same time, and to be enthusiastic because working in the field is great.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

After having carefully considered the MA contents and the international reputation of the
Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage, where I am currently studying, I immediately chose the University of Birmingham. The wide combination of skills the course proposes, which are applicable to an array of heritage jobs, and the high employability rate of former students, also drove my choice. The great services the University provides, such as the library and the BIA, also affected my choice.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I undertook postgraduate study because I wanted to pursue a career slightly different from that I had in my home-country. In Italy I was trained as an architect but my specific interest was heritage, thus I decided to go on further studies. This allowed to develop an array of skills and knowledge that are specifically related to the sector, and to create a network of contacts as well.