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PLEASE NOTE: The Master's Archival and Information Studies (Heritage Studies, 60 ECTS) is currently being integrated with the Dual Master's Archival and Information Studies (Media Studies, 90 ECTS). Students with an interest in this field are recommended to apply for the Dual Master's programme Archival and Information Studies (Media Studies, 90 ECTS). 

Programme Overview

To study Information Studies is to learn how information is organised, preserved, curated and presented in contemporary society, but also how data and information are transforming lives, economies, social relations and politics. The Master's programme consists of a theoretically-based first semester in which you will critically analyse core information and archival theories.

The second semester of Information Studies includes an extensive Advanced Theories Lab, a thesis workshop and a final course in which students synthesise their theoretical and practical insights by reflecting on the major challenges of information creation, management and use.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Information Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses and electives;
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

Course Overview

Semester 1

  • The Information Society and its Infrastructures (12 ECTS)
  • Information Analytics and Digital Humanities (12 ECTS)

Specialist courses (students choose one):

  • Archival Appraisal: Concepts and Practices (6 ECTS)
  • Digital Memory and Sovereignty (6 ECTS)

Semester 2

  • Advanced Theories Lab (12 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis Workshop (18 ECTS)


The Master's thesis reports on research carried out by the student under the supervision of an academic staff member involved in the programme. The subject of the thesis must be mutually agreed upon by the student and the academic adviser. 

Detailed course information

For detailed course information, please see the UvA Course Catalogue:

UvA Course Catalogue: Study schedule