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Museum Studies (Heritage Studies)

University of Amsterdam

18 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The Museum Studies (Heritage Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam is a unique, one-and-half year professional programme that focuses on the museological field, and includes an intensive, one-semester internship.


A solid basis for working in a museum 

The Museum Studies (Heritage Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam prepares you for a position in the wider field of the museum world by equipping you with the necessary cultural-historical research skills and professional training. You will gain first-hand experience during an intensive 5-month internship at a museum in The Netherlands or abroad. Students will arrange this internship themselves during the first semester under the guidance of a supervisor.

Museum Studies at the University of Amsterdam

  • The museological world is constantly on the move. Important historical events are followed by major societal shifts. Museums reflect this by means of exhibitions, changes in acquisition policy and architectural innovation. At the same time, internationalisation and globalisation require constant repositioning. The UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies emphasises the public face of the museum: where the visitors enter and where the collections tell their stories. 
  • Museums arrange their collections to reflect the story they wish to tell. This concept is based on scientific research into exhibits but is also linked to ideology and political, religious and economic power. The question of which stories are being told by which objects is constantly subject to change. Museum Studies investigates the dynamics and raisons d'être of heritage museums, such as those focusing on antiquities, archaeology, ethnology, and history and art museums. This is always done from a solid cultural-history basis and in an international context.
  • Whether you would like to organise exhibitions, devise educational projects, create policy, conduct scholarly research or write journalistic reviews: it all starts with a solid basis of knowledge, creative thinking and a critical attitude. Alumni of the UvA Master's programme in Museum Studies are currently working as exhibition organisers, curators, educational employees, policy officers, project managers, academic researchers and directors.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Museum Studies: History, Theory & Sources
  • Museums Concepts & Narratives
  • Museums and the Mobility of Artefacts
  • Internship Museum Studies
  • Current Issues: Excursion Abroad - Museum Studies
  • Thesis Museum Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or an equivalent, recognised degree from another university, in: Humanities, Archaeology, Anthropology
  • English language requirements

If you have a Bachelor’s degree in one of the aforementioned fields of study and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • Basic demonstrable academic knowledge in the field of art, culture and museum studies.
  • Good research skills at Bachelor’s level. You are able to conduct research independently (i.e. collecting material, applying theory, and writing a thesis).
  • A desire to contribute eagerly and critically to the academic and interdisciplinary environment of our Graduate School, demonstrated in a convincing motivation letter in which you explain why you think you can successfully finalize this specific programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 18 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 18 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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