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Master Applied Museum and Heritage Studies

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Master Applied Museum and Heritage Studies
Cultural Heritage Area
Dissemination and Communication
Planning and Management
Programme description

The programme is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed to conduct socially engaged interventions in the international museum and heritage field. You will study how current societal transitions have an impact on and can be impacted by museum and heritage work. Based on real questions and real situations, you will discuss and conceptualise exhibitions, educational programmes, policies and community projects as cultural interventions in an ever-changing world. In line with current global developments, the three main themes running throughout the programme are sustainability, inclusivity and digitality.

Target Audience

The programme aims to give (future) museum and heritage professionals the knowledge and skills needed to help the sector, ranging from small grassroots organisations to well-established institutions, to fulfil their societal goals by means of meaningful interventions. Our graduates are to take (international) positions, as project leaders, section heads or as (independent) advisors, on the basis of their integrated vision on cultural heritage, ethics and societal issues.



Upon successful completion of the programme, students will receive the title Master of Arts (MA). The programme has been duly accredited by the accreditation organization of the Netherlands and Flanders (NVAO, CROHO-code: 49150). 

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Cooperation with other institutions

Our programme is taught in collaboration with heritage institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, ranging from renowned museums to grass root organisations, in the form of visits and guest lectures and a placement with final research project. Educational partners include universities in the global Shared Campus network which offers various summer schools.

Qualification provider
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
Master of Arts (MA)
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Continuous professional development (CPD)
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
Number of annual graduates of the programme
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
R&D and Education
Supplementary functions
Engagement and use
ESCO - Occupation
Does the programme lead to a regulated profession?
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Student work load (hours)
Contact hours
Contact hours comments

You can enroll in the Applied Museum and Heritage Studies programme as either a full-time or part-time student. The full-time programme lasts a year. The part-time programme can be completed in two years. Full-time and part-time students take the same modules and as much as possible, will work in mixed groups, but in a slightly different order. Contact hours given are averages.

Study format
Full-time & part-time mixed
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

We will be happy to receive your application. The minimum requirements are generally a bachelor degree, work experience and proficiency in English. The latter can be demonstrated by for instance a first degree in English, an IELTS Academic score of at least 6.5, or a Dutch secondary education mark of HAVO 8 or VWO 7.5.

Given the high student demand for a programme with only 20 spaces, we follow a rigorous selection process based on individual qualities, as reflected in motivation, CV and an assignment, and group diversity.

Teaching language
Programme learning outcomes
  • 1) Have knowledge and awareness of contemporary societal issues, in particular those related to the focus areas of sustainability, inclusivity and digitality and how these issues impact and are impacted by museum and heritage work.
  • 2) Have a basic historical knowledge framework of global history  and are aware of the constructed nature thereof.
  • 3) Can critically apply their  knowledge and understanding of the intricate relations between societal developments and museum and heritage work in order to address the issues at hand in an ethical manner, in known and unknown professional environments, and by means of independent intervention-related research.
  • 4) Can effectively apply principles of team, project and change management in collaborative work and in intercultural, multidisciplinary and international settings in order to accomplish organisational goals.
  • 5) Have the ability to integrate knowledge and intervene in complex museum and heritage interactions within the context of the three focal areas of sustainability, inclusivity and digitality; acting in an ethical manner while aware of the mission and mandate of the different stakeholders involved.
  • 6) Can effectively exchange knowledge and experience in English within the working environment in speech and writing, with the use of visual aids, while addressing the different stakeholders concerned such as, senior management, professional peers, clients, academic specialists, and/or audiences.
  • 7) Can recognise and autonomously address areas for further personal professional development given the tasks at hand and ever-changing societal and organisational needs.
Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mode of delivery of education / training
Required qualification of teachers/trainers in the core subjects

Master’s degree, ample research and professional experience, teaching qualification

Quality assurance obligations of the programme/institution
Description of quality assurance obligations of the programme / institution

NVAO accreditation every six years

Tuition cost


  • European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) who don’t have a master’s degree for 2023-2024: €2.314 per annum.
  • non-EEA students, and EEA students holding a master’s degree for 2023-2024: €8.726 per annual


  • European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) who don’t have a master’s degree for 2023-2024: €2,314 per annum
  • European Economic Area (EU, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) who have a master’s degree for 2023-2024: €5.615 per annum
  • non-EEA students
Are grants available?