Working with cultural and natural heritage means being conscious of, and taking responsibility for, the links between humans, the environment, and what remains from the past. We acknowledge that heritage is also an integral part of the present, and a powerful resource for future-making.
The Sustainable Heritage Management programme from Aarhus University equips you, through engaging with critical theory and best practice, with the skills necessary to plot your route through the exciting, expanding, and increasingly complex field of heritage studies and practice. You will be trained in a uniquely interdisciplinary environment to understand, assess, and sustain heritage sites and resources. Furthermore, you will be immersed in a critical understanding of the human social, political and economic relationships in which heritage processes and practices are embedded, and gain the confidence to strategize how you develop, revise, and innovate the future shape of the sector.
Heritage As Resource
The Sustainable Heritage Management programme qualifies you to analyse and respond ethically to the demands of heritage work, providing not only a sophisticated intellectual framework, but also a practice-based toolbox of skills. You will learn to tackle the pressing challenges of heritage management, and heritage-focused research, on local and global scales.
A Highly Interdisciplinary Field
Heritage is a highly interdisciplinary field, drawing on methodologies, theories, and approaches from several disciplines, including archaeology, anthropology, architecture, art history, history, geography, politics and many others.
The Sustainable Heritage Management programme at Aarhus University is anchored in an interdisciplinary research environment that includes engaging with researchers from archaeology, anthropology, geography, global studies, museology, religious studies and postcolonial studies as well as heritage practitioners.
This means that during your course of studies you will be equipped to work not only with material forms of cultural heritage, landscapes and environments, but also with intangible heritage, text, images and, not least, people and their various perceptions of, and investments in, heritage. The programme intersects with the internationally renowned Moesgaard Museum and the wider Moesgaard Forest environment, which is located just outside Aarhus, affording collaborative opportunities for students and staff in this university7museum environment. Your core lecturers are active in the global heritage arena and are well placed to provide insights into heritage issues and practices elsewhere, including through their many ongoing projects, collaborations and contacts; this also includes potential internships and fieldwork opportunities.
The Sustainable Heritage Management programme is based at the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies at Moesgaard, an eighteenth-century manor house newly equipped with state-of-the-art facilities that also houses the Department of Anthropology.
Here you will have access to a library, computers, a common room, lounges, and a cafeteria, as well as the internationally renowned archaeology and anthropology museum, MOMU and the surrounding hundred hectares of beautiful fields and woodlands leading down to the sea. The Department-wide student society, Hikuin, organizes a range of events and discussions, as well as the Moesgaard Friday Bar. In addition, there are regular SHM-specific events, such as the ‘Heritage Hangout’, which combines professional scholarship and a supportive social environment to act as an exciting and simulating scholarly experience.
Graduates in Sustainable Heritage Management are qualified for a number of job markets and industries, depending on your chosen area of interest and specialization you select through the third and fourth semesters. While some recent graduates have embarked on PhDs at Aarhus University and overseas, others are working in the tourism, community, museum, gallery and archival sectors, in planning and development agencies, government and civil service, and in bodies within resource management and capacity-building, as well as in the artistic and creative industries.
Campus Moesgaard is a unique place. It includes the university departments, Moesgaard Library, a joint library for anthropology and archaeology, as well as the Moesgaard Museum. In the library you will find study space, including space reserved for students writing their thesis. You can sign out electronic equipment, such as video cameras and digital voice recorders, to complete research and then book time in the newly installed editing suite to shape your resultant films. The MoCa Canteen is run by a local Aarhus sustainable food collective and is also an important social hub, while the adjoining flexible space provides a venue for Receptions as well as the regular Friday evening bar. You will also have the opportunity to see the many changing exhibits at the Moesgaard Museum during your time here. As a student at Moesgaard, you can access the museum for free by showing your valid student card.
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- Sources and methods in heritage studies
- Theory and concepts in heritage studies
- Understanding heritage management frameworks
- Production and communication of heritage
- Heritage project management
- Heritage management in practice
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Management, Organisation & Leadership Museum Studies View 17 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in Denmark
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
Bachelor’s degrees in the following subjects qualify applicants for the Master’s degree programme in sustainable heritage management:
- History (Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen, University of Southern Denmark)
- European ethnology (University of Copenhagen)
- Prehistoric archaeology (Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen), medieval and renaissance archaeology (Aarhus University), classical archaeology (Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen), Assyriology (University of Copenhagen), near-oriental archaeology (University of Copenhagen), Archaeology (Aarhus University).
- Eskimology (University of Copenhagen)
- Art history (Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen)
- Anthropology (Aarhus University, University of Copenhagen), international development studies (Roskilde University)
- Geography with the focus on the cultural environment (Roskilde University)
- Other Bachelor’s degree at least 45 ECTS credits in cultural heritage
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International8000 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 8000 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEAFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Aarhus
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.