Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is one of the few universities in Europe offering a full master in Heritage Studies, even with the option to extend the programme into a two-year research master. The staff of the Heritage Studies programme is well-embedded in the international heritage networks. Amsterdam, with its global scope and many renowned heritage institutions, extensive creative industries, and its canal district that figures prominently on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites, is the perfect urban context for studying (transforming) cultural heritage.


The Master’s programme Heritage Studies at VU Amsterdam is a one year programme of 60 ECTS. It includes a combination of lectures and workshops, with space for roundtable discussions and debate. Additionally, lectures are held on location during group visits to projects, institutions, landscapes, and cities. The examination forms are verbal and oral, and presentations and essays are often included. You will complete your study with a thesis.

Four core modules are compulsory:

  • Historical Landscapes and Archaeological Heritage
  • Architectural and Town Planning Heritage
  • Biography of the Landscape
  • Spatial Transformations: Meeting Designers

Several optional modules:

  • Research Tutorial
  • Politics of International Heritage, including tourism
  • Terrorscapes in Postwar Europe
  • Challenging Eternity. Heritage, Urbanistic Interventions and the City of Rome (field trip to Rome, Italy)


The Master diploma Heritage Studies qualifies you as a professional. Government bodies, as well as stakeholders in the market, are in search of highly educated professionals who contribute their heritage knowledge to societal issues, policy matters and design questions in the spatial arena. Heritage experts are keen on the valuation, selection and protection of heritage objects and complexes.

Program taught in:
  • English

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