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Master in archives: heritage and contemporary record management

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Master in de archivistiek: erfgoed en hedendaags documentbeheer
Cultural Heritage Area
Planning and Management
Safeguarding and preservation
Programme description

The master programme places the necessary emphasis on the acquisition of practical professional knowledge through training, but naturally remains an academic programme with a strong scientific component. Attention is paid to the theoretical principles and methodologies of archivistics and information management, but also to broader policy issues such as management, archiving strategies, selection, material preservation and digitisation. Finally, you will acquire insight into the laws and regulations in the field of heritage management in general and archives legislation in particular. You will also learn about issues such as privacy protection and public access to government.

In the course of the programme, a lot of attention is paid to the acquisition of practical skills and professional techniques, such as organising and describing, or drawing up an information management plan. You also learn a number of practical aspects of management, such as how to develop a policy plan for a heritage institution. These aspects are covered in the exercises and alternative learning forms as well as during the internship. The internship is an extension of the taught subjects and brings you into contact with the actual working field. Its purpose is to test the acquired (theoretical) knowledge in practice and to let you gain experience. Such practical experience will help you in your first steps on the labour market.

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Joint degree Institution(s)
Joint delivery
Joint delivery institutions
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Master in archives: heritage and recordsmanagement
Name of the qualification (Original language)
Master in de archivistiek: erfgoed en hedendaags documentbeheer
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Initial E&T
Academic degree
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
Preservation and Safeguarding
Supplementary functions
Governance and Policy-making
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

If you have a Master's degree in History, you can immediately start with the Master after Master Archivistics. Masters from other disciplines can be admitted on file. They submit a file to the study track counsellor that provides insight into the courses taken during previous studies and/or their useful work experience. The Programme Council can accept the candidate (and possibly suggest an adjusted programme) or reject the file.

Teaching language
Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mandatory practical training description


Quality assurance obligations of the programme/institution