MA Heritage Studies: Museum Studies

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA Heritage Studies: Museum Studies

University of Amsterdam

The Master’s in Museum Studies is a unique, one-and-half year professional programme that focusses on the museological field, and includes an intensive, 6-month internship.

A solid basis for working in a museum

  • The Master's programme Museum Studies prepares you for a position in the wider field of museum professions. You will gain first-hand experience of the sector during your studies when you complete an intensive internship at a Dutch or foreign museum.
  • The museological world is constantly on the move. Important historical events are followed by major societal shifts. Museums reflect this by means of exhibitions, changes in acquisition policy and architectural innovation. At the same time, internationalisation and globalisation require constant repositioning. The UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies emphasises the public face of the museum: where the visitors enter and where the collections tell their stories.
  • Museums arrange their collections to reflect the story they wish to tell. This concept is based on scientific research into exhibits but is also linked to ideology and political, religious and economic power. The question of which stories are being told by which objects is constantly subject to change. Museum Studies investigates the dynamics and raisons d'être of heritage museums, such as those focusing on antiquities, archaeology, ethnology, and history and art museums. This is always done from a solid cultural-history basis and in an international context.
  • Whether you would like to organise exhibitions, devise educational projects, manage museums, create policy, conduct scientific research or write reviews: it all starts with a solid basis of knowledge, creative thinking and a critical attitude. Alumni of the UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies are currently working as exhibition organisers, curators, educational employees, policy officers, project managers, researchers and directors.

Degree certificate

Museum Studies is an accredited degree programme of Heritage Studies. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Structure of the Master's programme

The Museum Studies programme has a workload of 90 ECTS:

  • 30 ECTS: Core courses
  • 12 ECTS: Electives
  • 30 ECTS: Internship
  • 18 ECTS: Master's thesis

During your Master's programme you will go on a number of trips, including an extended trip to dynamic locations in the museum world abroad. Last year’s destinations were Istanbul, London, New York, Paris, Jerusalem and Berlin.

This school offers programs in:
  • English


Last updated December 7, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2018
Duration
Duration
18 months
Full time
Price
Price
2,060 EUR
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Netherlands - Amsterdam
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Sept. 2018
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EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,225 per year.