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MA in Sustainable Heritage Management

Aarhus University
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Application deadline: NON-EU: 15 January | EU: 1 March

About this program

MA in Sustainable Heritage Management

Preparing You for a Career in the Field of Heritage

The MA programme in Sustainable Heritage Management at Aarhus University provides you with the knowledge and competencies you will need to meet the multiple challenges of contemporary heritage policy, management, and research. Working with cultural and natural

heritage means being conscious of, and taking responsibility for, the links between humans, the environment, and what remains from the past. We acknowledge that heritage is also an integral part of the present, and a potential resource for the future. The Sustainable Heritage Management programme equips you, through engaging with theory and best  practice, with the skills necessary to work in the exciting, expanding, and increasingly complex field of heritage. You will be trained in a uniquely interdisciplinary environment to understand, designate, assess, retain, and sustain heritage and to develop, revise, and innovate the future shape of the sector.

Heritage as Resource

The Sustainable Heritage Management programme qualifies you to analyse and respond ethically to the demands of heritage work, providing not only a sophisticated intellectual framework, but also a practice-based toolbox of skills. You will learn to tackle the pressing challenges of heritage management on local and global scales.

Admission requirements

In general, admission to a Master's degree programme at Aarhus University requires a relevant and recognised university degree equivalent to a Danish Bachelor's degree in level and length (180 ECTS).

You must also meet any specific requirements for the programme you are applying for.

Since English is the language of instruction in all subjects, all applicants must provide evidence of their English language proficiency.

You apply for a study programme at Aarhus University through our online portal.

Learn more about the general and more specific admission requirements at Aarhus University and find information on how to apply for a Master's Degree on our website.

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Program content

Heritage is a highly interdisciplinary field, drawing on methodologies, theories, and approaches from several disciplines. The Sustainable Heritage Management programme at Aarhus University is anchored in an interdisciplinary research environment that includes engaging with researchers from archaeology, anthropology, geography, history, aesthetics, museology, cultural studies, and digital design.

This means that during your course of studies you will be equipped to work not only with material forms of cultural heritage, but also with intangible heritage, text, images and, not least, people and their various perceptions of heritage. The programme revolves around and intersects with the internationally renowned Moesgaard Museum, which is located just outside Aarhus, affording unique collaborative opportunities for students and staff in this university museum environment.

Scholarships & funding

Aarhus University offers a limited number of scholarships to the most talented applicants from outside Europe.

The scholarship is usually a full or a partial tuition fee waiver, and in some cases, it also includes a monthly grant towards living expenses. Typically the scholarship is for the whole duration of your Master’s degree program.

You can find more information about Danish State Scholarships on the Aarhus University website.


  • EU/EEA/Swiss citizens: FREE
  • Others: €8,000

Career paths

Graduates in Sustainable Heritage Management are qualified for a number of job markets and industries, depending on your chosen area of interest and specialisation. While some recent graduates have embarked on PhDs at Aarhus University and overseas, others are working in the community, museum and archival sectors, in planning and development agencies, and in bodies within resource management and capacity-building, as well as in tourism and the artistic and creative industries.


About this institute

Welcome to Aarhus University in Denmark!

Established in 1928, Aarhus University has grown to be a world-leading research institution with a modern, dynamic and highly international study environment. It is consistently ranked as one of the world’s top 100 educational institutions, and recently ranked 69th in...

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Why study at Aarhus University

An international and diverse university

Aarhus University is home to many international students and researchers – 12% of our students are international, from over 120 different countries! For that reason, English is our second language here at AU and we offer over 50 English-taught courses at either Bachelor’s or Master’s level. All our PhDs are English-taught. We also have a dedicated International Centre, to provide and introduction to living in Denmark and offer support and guidance.

Informal environment with focus on critical thinking

Teaching at AU takes place in an informal and inspiring environment, with a high focus on developing critical thinking skills and encouraging open debate. Professors at AU welcome discussions and value student insights to their classes. Furthermore, many courses at Aarhus University are interdisciplinary to give a students a well-rounded perspective of their chosen subject.

A comprehensive university

Aarhus University has five main faculties: Arts, Business and Social Sciences, Health, Natural Sciences and Technical Sciences. Each faculty is highly specialized with state of the art research facilities available for student use. Our faculties of Natural and Technical Sciences both have a special focus on sustainability and facilitating a green transition.

Contact info

Aarhus University

Nordre Ringgade 1
8000 Aarhus C

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