A unique combination of scientific traditions
The Research Master's programme in Archaeology and Heritage trains you to think critically about how human societies have dealt with the past in pre-modern times, as well as the diverse and conflicting ways in which the past is interpreted and put to use in the world today. Our innovative programme offers you a strong theoretical and conceptual foundation in heritage studies, archaeology and material culture and, crucially, teaches you how these fields intersect in the past and present. Through lectures, tutorials and internships, you will be able to integrate all branches of research focusing on the material and intangible remains of the past. We investigate the reciprocal relations between objects and meanings, and the dynamics of memory, from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives, creating a uniquely combined research programme for you to join.
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Why study Archaeology and Heritage at the UvA?
- The Research Master’s programme provides opportunities for collaborations with world-class heritage institutions in Amsterdam, including museums and archives, national and local government advisory bodies and commercial organizations, bringing valuable professional and material research opportunities;
- By doing this programme, you will benefit from the expertise brought by an integrated archaeology and heritage research programme which is taught from the heart of a UNESCO World Heritage site, offering real-world professional experience in the field.
- A varied range of ACASA fieldwork projects across Europe and the Mediterranean offer you a chance to participate and experience archaeology and heritage in action.
The Research Master's in Archaeology and Heritage provides a unique foundation for students planning to pursue a PhD degree or a career in heritage studies, historical and archaeological preservation, policy and consultancy or management in non-governmental organisations and international enterprises. We place a strong emphasis on employability. You will acquire a range of transferable skills and actively engage with experts in the field of heritage and archaeology, which will enable you to pursue a career in archaeology and the wider heritage sector.
The Research Master's in Archaeology and Heritage is an accredited degree programme of Archaeology. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Archaeology and the title Master of Arts (MA).