As more states worldwide join the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, the need grows for specialists capable of analysing cultural heritage and using it responsibly as a social and economic resource. Of vital importance for developing such competencies are folkloristic theories of tradition, performance and expressive culture. The programme provides students with knowledge, skills and attitudes to:
- unpack the process of heritage production and the workings of tradition in the context of cultural diversity and change
- act as a mediator between different interest groups in the field of intangible cultural heritage
- recognise and ethically apply cultural heritage as a resource in the public and non-governmental sectors, crafts, product design, tourism and various other areas of life
Students can specialise in either folklore and heritage analysis or craft studies.
Why the University of Tartu?
- There is a growing need for cultural heritage and policy specialists as more states worldwide join the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
- UT hosts UNESCO Chair on Applied Studies of Intangible Cultural Heritage, one of the eight chairs in the world.
- One of the few master's programmes in the world to offer a specialisation in the study and application of the heritage of crafts.
- International meetings, autumn and winder schools, guest lectures, internships, exhibitions, cooperation with memory institutions and enterprises allow you to gain practical experience. You will get individual mentoring to develop your academic and professional career'.
- After graduation, you can work as a mediator between communities, officials, enterprises, memory institutions, plan and carry out research and business projects related to cultural heritage.
Get more detailsVisit official programme website
The curriculum consists of six modules:
- General course module (36 ECTS)
- Specialisation module (15 ECTS): either Folklore and Heritage Analysis or Craft Studies
- Practice module (15 ECTS)
- Elective courses (18 ECTS) - fixed list of courses
- Optional courses (6 ECTS) - all courses available at the University of Tartu or at any other university
- MA thesis or MA project (30 ECTS or 15 + 15 ECTS)
Research fellow Kristel Kivari, Programme Coordinator.
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent
- English language proficiency
International4000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
National4000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 4000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
Tuition-waivers are available.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.
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