Heritage and Memory Studies is a 1.5-year professional programme comprising a theoretically-based first semester, followed in the second semester by an extensive internship, and is completed with an excursion abroad and a thesis in the third semester. Both the excursion and the thesis unite the theory and practice of the first two semesters.
The first semester of the programme comprises two core courses:
You can tailor your study programme to your own interests by choosing from a broad range of electives offered by the Faculty of Humanities. See the Course Catalogue for an overview of Heritage and Memories Studies electives.
The final semester of the programme includes an excursion abroad which builds on what you have learned during the first year of study and stimulates cross-pollination between the various insights and skills gained during the individual work-experience period. You will examine the theoretical and practical implications of site interpretations and the cultural, ethical and moral dilemmas inherent to heritage politics. The destination for the excursion will be announced in June of the first year of study. Previous destinations were cities located in the borderlands between two countries or regions.
A central component of the programme, the Master’s thesis enables you to write an original work of research under the supervision of one of the staff members. The research topic will be determined in consultation with the thesis seminar lecturer and your thesis supervisor.
In the second semester of the first year of study, you will embark on an individual internship trajectory at a heritage institution or participate in a research internship in Bologna. The work-experience period offers a unique opportunity to build up both your professional experience and your network in your future field.
The University of Amsterdam–University of Bologna programme is an international Erasmus+ exchange programme for postgraduate students and staff. Bologna students and staff join the UvA programme in the first semester (September—January), while UvA students who are enrolled in the Dual Master's in Heritage and Memory Studies can participate in the programme during the second semester (February—June).
UvA students will have the opportunity either to follow courses or combine coursework with an internship (minimum 18 EC) in Bologna. If you wish to follow this trajectory, you can submit a plan of activities and a motivation letter to: