M.A. On Campus

Heritage Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
16830 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Heritage Studies MA programme is offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam challenges you to take a critical view on conservation and transformation of spatial heritage. 


Two introductory courses equip you with basic knowledge and skills about spatial heritage. In three other core courses you will work on a societal challenge together with stakeholders from outside the university. This

allows you to study in an academic environment, but already make a difference in the professional world as well. You’ll also get the opportunity to specialise in an area of your own interest through choosing optional modules. If you decide to study urban history and heritage, you could take courses in Archaeology and Heritage of Global Amsterdam; or Amsterdam: Global Historical Perspectives. If you are interested in the sensory aspects of heritage, you can follow Sound Heritage and Knowing by Sensing. If you want to know more about historical geography and digital skills, you can take Imaging and Assessing Landscapes. If you are interested architecture history, you can participate in architectural theory, architectural history, an excursion abroad, and a seminar on living culture (in Dutch).

Start working

A Master’s degree in Heritage Studies opens many doors. You’ll be well prepared to work with designers, planners, board members, politicians, entrepreneurs and other decision-makers. National, provincial and municipal governments and others are looking for highly educated professionals when it comes to heritage-related knowledge on societal issues, policymaking and spatial design.

Programme Structure

Modules include:
  • Historical Landscape and Archaeological Heritage
  • Architectural and Town Planning Heritage
  • Biography of Landscape
  • Transformations: Meeting Designers
  • Master Thesis Heritage Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

The next VU Online Master's Event will take place on Saturday 5 March.




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.
  • 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). If you have an academic Ba in a different field, please contact the course coordinator to discuss your possibilities. 

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16830 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16830 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR for the full programme during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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