Master in Heritage Studies

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Program Description

The Master's programme Heritage Studies challenges you to develop a critical view on conservation and transformation of spatial heritage. Our students appreciate the programme for its unique integration of academic interdisciplinary reflections on politics, history, theory and praxis. This exposes tensions between preservation and transformation of landscapes, urban areas, architecture and archaeological remains. Based in the World Heritage city of Amsterdam, the master welcomes both Dutch and international students with an interest in the professional fields of monument preservation, heritage tourism, spatial planning and design.

The courses in the Heritage Studies programme will equip you with knowledge to reflect, but also with methods and skills to act as a heritage expert among architects, spatial planners and policy makers. Opting for the master Heritage Studies brings you into a interdisciplinary environment that encourages you to adopt a spatial perspective with an eye for the past, present ánd future. The teaching staff are architectural historians, archaeologists, historians and (historical) geographers. Each of them performs academic research as part of research institute CLUE+ whereas most also take up responsibilities in the professional heritage field.

The Master's degree programme Heritage Studies offers a one-year programme of 60 ECTS. We combine lectures with field trips, guest speakers, interactive discussions, group work and case study assignments such as essays, presentations and transformation proposals. Mandatory courses form the core of the programme, but leave many options for individual specalisation through elective courses, free choice of assignment topics, individual tutorials, internships and master theses. To give you an indication: recent master theses have focused on the remains of the Atlantic Wall, Westminster Abbey as a tourist-historic icon, heritage strategies in shrinking regions and the re-use of stolp farms of Noord-Holland.

Four core modules are compulsory:

  • Historical Landscape and Archaeological Heritage
  • Architectural and Town Planning Heritage
  • The Biography of Landscape
  • Transformations: Meeting Designers

Several optional modules:

Archaeology and Heritage of Global Amsterdam (UvA/VU) 2
Archaeology, Museums and the Public (UvA/VU) 1
Architectuurtheorie/Architecturial theory 2-3
Amsterdam: Global Historical Perspectives (level 300) 2
Challenging Eternity: Heritage Excursion Rome (KNIR) 6
Cultuurhistorie en planning (NL, at UU, level 300) 1-2
Excursie buitenland Architectuurgeschiedenis (NL) 6
Historische geografie (NL, at UU, level 200) 5-6
Politics of international heritage 2
Seminar Architecture 1
Sound Heritage 2
Terrorscapes in postwar Europe 4
Trending Topics in Media, Art and Culture (3 points) 1-2
Wooncultuur (NL) 5

With permission from examination committee:

  • Internship (max 12 EC)
  • Individual reflection a & b
  • Studying abroad
  • Other electives from other programmes, such as history, city planning, building archaeology or historical geography
Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over ... Read More

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is an internationally renowned research university founded in 1880. The university offers over 175 English taught programmes at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD level to over 26,000 students from all over the world. Students and staff of 122 nationalities create a dynamic international academic community. The University distinguishes itself in research and education through four interdisciplinary themes: Human Health and Life Sciences, Science for Sustainability, Connected World and Governance for Society. Curious about student life at VU Amsterdam? Click here to ask our International Student Ambassadors. Read less