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As a Heritage and Memory Studies graduate, you will have developed unique skills relevant to a career in the world of cultural heritage, as well as to a range of employment opportunities where a critical, curious, and academically-trained mind is essential.

Heritage and Memory Studies graduates are now working at:

  • Governmental institutions (e.g. municipalities or centres of expertise such as the Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency and the Dutch Centre for Intangible Cultural Heritage);
  • Heritage development companies;
  • Heritage foundations;
  • Museums;
  • Heritage sites and educational organisations;
  • And as free-lance exhibition makers, project managers and researchers.

The Job Market

The Master's programme in Heritage and Memory Studies prepares students for a career in the world of cultural heritage in the broadest possible sense. Upon completion, they will be capable of functioning as qualified professionals in the field of cultural heritage.

Graduates possess the skills required to connect relevant insights from multiple disciplines and professional fields and apply them in practical situations. They possess the right qualifications for research- or policy-related positions, or project management in areas such as:

  • preservation and presentation of listed buildings, urban and rural landscapes;
  • museological (re)presentation of cultural heritage;
  • cultural departments within local, national or international government;
  • heritage education and public outreach programmes;
  • (social) media and communication;
  • cultural tourism;
  • academic research.

An academic career

Graduates interested in pursuing an academic career have gone on to do research internships or to pursue a PhD. If you are interested in pursuing an academic career, you can also explore the possibility of joining the UvA's two-year Research Master's in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology.

Do you have ambitions to start your own business? The Humanities Venture Lab is the place for the humanities entrepreneur starting out. As a student or alumnus, you can find training, coaching, inspiration sessions, and a workplace here. Watch the video’s below to see what the Humanities Venture Lab can do for you.

What can the Humanities Venture Lab offer you?
What can the Humanities Venture Lab offer you?
2 alumni about the added value of the Humanities Venture Lab
2 alumni about the added value of the Humanities Venture Lab

Your diploma is not a farewell

After graduating, you don't have to say goodbye to the University of Amsterdam! We are happy to help you develop your career. You can join the young alumni programme, which will assist you in mapping out your career. And as an alumnus, you can also still use the Student Careers Centre.