Master of Arts in “Cultural Heritage Studies: Academic Research, Policy, Management", Central European University, Hungary

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Two-year MA program in Cultural Heritage Studies with Scholarships

The Cultural Heritage Studies Program combines theoretical and practical education, offering a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches with a strong emphasis on practical knowledge and skills based on fieldwork, and internships with local, regional and global heritage organizations. Graduates of the program will be capable of working at various levels in cultural heritage and resource research, protection, and management.

Cultural Heritage Studies is an interdepartmental and interdisciplinary MA program of CEU intended to educate individuals who wish to become heritage experts and practitioners, offering a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches. It is developed and administered by a program committee from different academic disciplines and units. Permanent and visiting international faculty members include experts in a range of disciplines, such as archaeology, art history, anthropology, history, legal studies, and environmental studies.

The program focuses on developing aptitudes for the critical assessment of tangible structures and objects such as buildings, monuments, archaeological sites, and works of art; on intangible heritage like traditions, languages, and knowledge; and on environmental heritage connected to human-nature interactions.

Educational objectives of the program

  • Understanding changing attitudes in past societies to different cultures and civilizations, global interactions of cultures and civilizations in the past, and the impact of this process in the present
  • Understanding the relation between academic research fields and analytical approaches; the ability to conduct research using a variety of academic methods
  • Recognition of different global (World Heritage), regional, national, local approaches and conceptual frameworks to the different aspects of cultural heritage (tangible, intangible, etc.)
  • Studying the impact of tourism and commercialization on object-based and intangible cultural heritage policy
  • Understanding the connections between heritage elements and identity building (universal, European, national, minority, local, etc.) processes
  • Recognition of policy and management aspects of cultural heritage and of the need for a holistic approach to heritage protection and sustainable development 

Subject-specific skills 

  • The ability to work with the standard methods in at least one academic field or activity area related to cultural heritage
  • The ability to work with tangible and intangible cultural heritage
  • Knowledge of and the ability to use standard methods of academic research, policy oriented and management activities
  • The ability to apply interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary methods in research, policy and management
  • Basic skills in digital methods for recording, storing and interpreting cultural heritage (data visualization, GIS, digitalization methods)
  • Writing, presentation and publication skills in English and the ability to generate publications and media materials for different audiences to understand, disseminate, protect and develop cultural heritage sites, objects, complexes
  • Basic knowledge of and the ability to use academic reasoning (qualitative and quantitative methods, statistical approaches, etc.)

Career perspectives

The Cultural Heritage Studies Program degree should be broadly convertible, future professionals might include architects, art historians, archaeologists, cultural anthropologists, environmental professionals, museum curators, archivists, librarians, conservators of artifacts and monuments, policy and management experts, and so on. Heritage-related activities can be connected to various types of institutions or organizational structures, with special emphasis on governmental decision-making bodies (policy issues) and networks of NGOs in the field of cultural heritage management.

Cultural Heritage Studies and Policy is also open as a specialization for students of the 1 year and 2 year MA programs in Medieval Studies.

WHO CAN APPLY?

The program expects graduates from a variety of fields related to cultural heritage, such as history, art history and management, archaeology, ethnography, anthropology, architecture, landscape design, monument protection, environmental science, and management studies.

HOW TO APPLY?

Admission requirements: minimum three-year BA degree in any field of humanities, in management studies, architecture, natural or cultural heritage related subjects.

Complete the online application form

Additional documents:

  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Project proposal

You may apply to two departments simultaneously and to any number of degree programs within each department.

SCHOLARSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS

CEU is committed to attracting talented students and scholars from around the world and provides a variety of merit-based scholarships available to students from any country.

  • CEU Master’s Degree Tuition Scholarships cover from 50 to 100 percent of the tuition expenses up to € 16,000 per year.
  • CEU Housing Awards provide accommodation in CEU’s Residence Center for the duration of the academic year.
  • CEU Master’s Degree Stipend Awards provide full or partial stipends to assist with the cost of living expenses in Budapest during the academic year, up to € 3,200 per year.

Recipients of any of the above three awards will also receive health insurance coverage for the duration of their studies.

Student Loans CEU is an eligible institution for Hungarian Student Loans (Diákhitel), US Federal Student Loans, Canadian Student Loans, other national student loan programs.

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