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Research Master

Heritage, Memory and Archaeology (Archaeology)

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The innovative, interdisciplinary two-year Research Master's programme Heritage, Memory Studies and Archaeology offers a unique opportunity to combine processes that shape collective memory and determine how society deals with tangible and intangible remnants and narratives of the past. The programme provides in-depth training in the theory and practice of heritage, memory studies, material culture and archaeology.

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A unique combination of scientific traditions

The two-year Research Master's programme in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology 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. This innovative programme offers you a strong theoretical and conceptual foundation in heritage and memory studies, archaeology and material culture and, crucially, teaches you how these fields intersect in the past and present.

A research-driven programme

The Research Master’s programme integrates all branches of research focusing on the material and intangible remains of the past, the reciprocal relations between objects and meanings, and the dynamics of memory, from diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives. It provides a unique foundation for students planning to pursue a PhD degree or a career in heritage and memory studies, historical and archaeological preservation, policy and consultancy or management in non-governmental organisations and international enterprises.

Why study Heritage, Memory and Archaeology at the UvA?

  • The Research Master’s programme provides opportunities for collaborations with world-class heritage institutions in Amsterdam, including the Allard Pierson Knowledge Institute and Museum, the Amsterdam Museum and others;
  • 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.

Student profile

The Research Master’s in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology is an innovative programme which offers a wealth of opportunities for interdisciplinary research and training. Our internationally recognised team is seeking to recruit ambitious future archaeologists and heritage professionals. If you have the following knowledge, skills, and aspirations, this programme offers a gateway to future success:

  • You have a keen interest in developing your knowledge of archaeology and heritage and have the readiness and curiosity to combine both academic research and practical skills;
  • You are a confident ‘self-starter’ with the ability to conduct research independently and you know how to formulate research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis;
  • You are enthusiastic, highly motivated and passionate about how archaeology and heritage can make a difference in the contemporary world.

Degree certificate

The Research Master's in Heritage, Memory and Archaeology 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).

Facts & Figures
Degree programme Research MA Archaeology
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60133