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Dual Master
Heritage and Memory Studies (Heritage Studies)
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Study programme

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.

Programme structure

COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Heritage and Memory Theory
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    6
  • Free-choice electives
    1—2
    12
  • Who Owns the Past?
    2—3
    12
  • Master's Internship Heritage and Memory Studies
    4—6
    30
COURSES SEM 1 SEM 2 SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2 EC
  • Current Issues: Excursion Abroad
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    6
  • Thesis Seminar Heritage and Memory Studies
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    6
  • Master's Thesis
    1—3
    18
UvA Course Catalogue: Heritage and Memory Studies
  • Core courses

    The first semester of the programme comprises two core courses:

    • Heritage and Memory Theory
      This module offers an introduction to some core texts in heritage and memory studies, so that you will acquire knowledge of the key theoretical concepts. You will develop skills in discourse analysis, critical reading of texts and conceptualising heritage and memory issues and learn to apply these skills to actual cases.
    • Who Owns the Past?
      In this course, you will explore current and past conflicts concerning heritage and memory. You will gain insight into the appropriation of culture and (identity) politics that is at play in such disputes, as well as how giving voice to multiple narratives can potentially promote reconciliation and inclusivity. A range of assignments will serve to further develop your research skills.
  • Electives

    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.

  • Current Issues: Excursion Abroad

    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.

  • Thesis

    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.

  • Work-experience period

    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.

  • Bologna Exchange Programme

    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:

    • Dr Tamara van Kessel, Master's programme coordinator
    • Dr Ihab Saloul, Erasmus programme coordinator
    Dr. T.M.C. (Tamara) van Kessel

    Faculty of Humanities

    Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen

    Prof. dr. I.A.M. (Ihab) Saloul

    Faculty of Humanities

    Capaciteitsgroep Algemene Cultuurwetenschappen