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.
- 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.
More informationVisit official programme website
Programme StructureModules 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
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , EEA/EU
- Apply before , National
- Apply before , International
- 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).
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies History Landscape Architecture View 8 other Masters in Landscape Architecture in Netherlands
- 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.
International14762 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 14762 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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