Heritage Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

12 months
14762 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Heritage Studies programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  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.


The students from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam appreciate the Heritage Studies 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.

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 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.

Career Prospects

  • 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.

Programme Structure

Modules included:
  • Historical Landscape and Archaeological Heritage
  • Architectural and Town Planning Heritage
  • The Biography of Landscape
  • Transformations: Meeting Designers
  • Archaeology and Heritage of Global Amsterdam
  • Archaeology, Museums and the Public 
  • Architectuurtheorie/Architecturial Theory

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • June 1st for Dutch students and for EU students with an international degree who do not need housing services through VU. 
  • April 1st for EU and non-EU students, who wish to secure university housing services (strongly advised upon due to housing shortage in Amsterdam).


IELTS or TOEFL needed




On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
100 (required)
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

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.
  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    14762 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14762 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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