The staff of the master includes architectural historians, archaeologists, historians and historical geographers. Staff-members are connected to research within the interdisciplinary heritage Research Institute CLUE+, jointly founded by a number of faculties of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. CLUE+ initiates, develops and exchanges research into spatial transformations and memory processes.
The master Heritage Studies offers a one year programme of 60 ECTS. Education consists of combinations of lectures and workshops, including much space for debates. A special addition are lectures on location with visits to projects, institutions, landscapes or cities. In view of heritage practice also lectures are given by experts from the working field. The examination forms are written and oral and individual commissions like presentations and essays are often part of exams. Students finish their master study with a thesis.
Four core modules are compulsory:
Several optional modules:
|Politics of international heritage||2|
|Terrorscapes in postwar Europe||4|
|Archaeology, Museums and the Public (UvA/VU)||1|
|Historische geografie (NL, at UU, level 200)||1-2|
|Trending Topics in Media, Art and Culture (3 points)||1-2|
|Amsterdam: Global Historical Perspectives (level 300)
|Archaeology and Heritage of Global Amsterdam (UvA/VU)||2
|Excursie buitenland Architectuurgeschiedenis (NL)||6|
|Cultuurhistorie en planning (NL, at UU, level 300)||5-6|
|Challenging Eternity: Heritage Excursion Rome (KNIR)||6|
With permission from examination committee:
Schematic outline of the programme
Heritage studies courses in the study guide
With your diploma in Heritage Studies you are an expert to negotiate with designers, planners, board members, politicians, entrepreneurs and other decision makers. National, provincial and municipal government bodies and stakeholders in the market need highly educated professionals who contribute heritage knowledge in societal issues, policy matters and design questions in the spatial arena.
There is also a need for experts who follow governance and policy in spatial planning with their critical intellectual observations and who can found or formulate alternative policies in a scientific manner, integrating heritage and memory in plans for the future spatial organisation of European countries.
And of course heritage experts are wanted in the institutions for the protection and conservation of buildings and sites which is oriented towards valuation, selection and protection of heritage objects and complexes.
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam offers the only Heritage Studies master programme that focuses on a spatial perspective in Europe. The university has a highly international character and outlook, making it the ideal place to study heritage in an international context. The Amsterdam Canal District is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The town of Amsterdam is internationally renowned as a city of culture, art and tolerance. It offers a great context for studying spatial heritage in relationship to urban transformations and tourism. Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is conveniently situated on a central location with easy access to public transport.
The master Heritage Studies offers an interesting and useful Master study for:
Language of instruction
1 year, credits can be spread out over two years in individual cases
1 June for Dutch. 1 April for EU and non-EU Students.*
Field of Interest
Art, Culture and History
In order to be admitted to the master Heritage Studies (60 ECTS) you must enroll at the latest on 1 June via Studielink (http://www.vu.studielink.nl/); then you will receive an e-mail with your inlogcodes for VU-net (VU student’s portal). In VU-net you finish your enrollment and you can upload your passport photo. Finally you have to send the following documents by email:
As soon as the admission document has been produced by the Admission Board, you will receive a message via Studielink.
NB: This procedure is only applicable when you are not a student of the Faculty of Humanities of VU Universiteit.
Download the scheme (pdf) in which the enrolment trajectory is shown.
Met een HBO-diploma kun je niet direct instromen in de master Erfgoedstudies. Je kunt wel tot de studie worden toegelaten nadat je de premaster Erfgoedstudies met succes hebt afgerond. Als je tot de premasterclass bent toegelaten met een HBO-diploma, dan is deelname aan een assessment verplicht. Kijk hier voor meer informatie over het premasterassessment.
Aanmelding en toelatingsprocedure
Je kunt je tot uiterlijk 1 juni aanmelden via Studielink voor de premaster Erfgoedstudies. Na aanmelding in Studielink ontvang je een e-mail met je inlogcodes voor VUnet (VU studentenportal). In VUnet rond je je aanmelding af en moet je de volgende documenten uploaden:
Zodra er een toelatingsverklaring afgegeven wordt, ontvang je hier bericht over van Studielink. Deze toelatingsverklaring wordt afgegeven door de Examencommissie van de Graduate School.
Neem voor meer informatie over de toelating contact op met de studieadviseur (firstname.lastname@example.org)
A premaster programme for international students is in preparation. The text below is aimed at Dutch students. Please contact Dr. Freek Schmidt if you have any questions regarding premaster courses for international students.
Als je niet voldoet aan de vooropleidingseisen, dan kun je tot de master Heritage Studies worden toegelaten nadat je de premaster Heritage Studies met succes hebt afgerond. Daarin werk je je deficiënties weg. De premaster bestaat uit minimaal 30 en maximaal 60 studiepunten. Op grond van je vooropleiding en specialisatiewensen bepaalt de examencommissie hoe jouw individuele premasterprogramma eruitziet.
In alle gevallen kan met het premasterprogramma, dat vastgesteld wordt door de examencommissie, uitsluitend in september gestart worden.
Als je tot de premasterclass bent toegelaten met een hbo-diploma, dan is deelname aan een premasterassessment verplicht.
|Ba-scriptie architectuurgeschiedenis||Ac. Jaar (september)||9.0||L_KBBAAGSCR|
|Architectuur: een geschiedenis
|Academische vaardigheden Kunst en Cultuur
|Stedebouw en landschap
|Bachelorscriptie colloquium architectuurgeschiedenis
Admission is based on a strict selection procedure. The Faculty’s Admission Board will decide upon your admission after having evaluated your complete online application.
Specific admission requirements for the Master’s programme Heritage Studies
The MA Heritage Studies is open to Students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in: Archaeology; Art History (with a specialization in Architectural History); Ancient Studies (provided that 60 ECTS is spent on Archaeology); Social Geography (with knowledge of Historical Geography); History (with some specialization in environmental or city-country relations); or Students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree in one of the following design disciplines: Planning; Architecture; Landscape Architecture; Town planning (preferably with a focus on the history of the built environment or the history of the discipline).
You must always present official test results proving your proficiency in English. Only students who have completed a full high school/International Baccalaureate in English or bachelor’s degree in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, or Australia may be exempted. You can already apply online without having the test results. In case you haven’t taken a test yet we advise you to plan a test date as soon as possible. Below you will find the minimum English test scores for the English taught programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:
TOEFL score (score 600 paper based with a minimum of 55 in each of the subtests plus 4.0 in TWE, score 250 computer based or score 100 internet based with a minimum of 20-23 in each of the subtests). IELTS score of 7.0 overall band score (with none of the separate section scores dropping below a minimum score of 6.5).
Cambridge English: Cambridge Proficiency Exam A, B, C, or Cambridge Advanced Exam A, B, C.
Please refer to the language requirement page for the general requirements regarding the English language test.
If you have read the admission criteria and feel you are eligible for admission, please take the following steps to submit your application. Note that the initial application procedure is fully online and that scans of your relevant documents are required.
Step 1: Meet admission criteria
Step 2: Prepare documents and apply online
Please prepare the following documents. You can find an explanation of each document on the application page. All documents should be provided in English.
After having prepared the required documents, please follow the online application procedure. After you have completed the application, our international student advisors will contact you via email.
Step 3: Await decision on admission
The admission board will review your application as soon as it is complete. Normally this takes about four weeks, but it might take longer in busy periods so be sure to apply as soon as possible. If you gain admission, you will receive a letter of conditional admission by email. You can start planning your move to Amsterdam!
Step 4: Finalize your registration and move to Amsterdam!
Make sure to finalize your registration as a student before the start of the programme. Here you will find an explanation what to do after admission. When all conditions are met you will be ready to start your programme at VU Amsterdam!
Further information about;
If you need more information, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.
For questions about the programme and our courses, please contact the coordinator of the programme:
Dr. F.H. Schmidt
For questions about application procedures, information on enrolling in our programme, admission requirements, accommodation in Amsterdam and other practical questions, please contact your International Student Advisor at the International Office:
t +31 (20) 59 85252