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Cultural Heritage Studies MA

Eötvös Loránd University
2 years
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
04 September 2023
Application deadline: 30 June 2023
Eötvös Loránd University

About this program

Cultural Heritage Studies MA

Within the Institute of History, the Department for Interdisciplinary History has been providing education in the field of cultural heritage since 2012, initially as a specialization of the History MA program, and from 2016 in the form of an independent Hungarian master's degree program. Since 2018, the Department has been coordinating a bilingual (English and French) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program on cultural heritage (TEMA+ European Territories. Heritage and Development), in association with four partner universities (Charles University, Prague; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; University of Catania; Université Laval, Québec) and in cooperation with European Heritage Label (EHL) and various UNESCO organs. The English-language Cultural Heritage Studies MA program is based on the domestic and international experiences of the department. The program includes two specializations: 1) Theory of Cultural Heritage, 2) Museum and Curatorial Studies. The program provides internships for students in several institutions involved in heritage protection and management.

Admission requirements

The application procedure includes 3 periods in order to give the applicants the freedom to submit their application when it’s most suitable for them. The applicants of each period have the same chance to get admittance for the programme. However, please note, that the Faculty of Humanities ELTE reserves the right to cancel the entrance periods in case the number of the admitted applicants reaches the limit during the previous entrance periods.

Foreign Language Requirements

Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate a sufficient level of English-language skills. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam [the minimum recommended score is 550 on the paper-based exam (PBT) or 80 on the Internet-based exam (iBT)] and the IELTS exams (with a recommended score of 6, and above) are preferred.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Core Courses

  • Culture, concepts of culture, cultural turn
  • International institutionalisation of cultural heritage 1.
  • History of cultural heritage institutions in Hungary
  • English academic reading
  • European heritage
  • International institutionalisation of cultural heritage 2.
  • National tradition, national identity, nationalism
  • Cultural heritage management in contemporary Hungary
  • Social responsibility
  • Urban heritage, historic urban landscape and its management
  • The heritage of Central-European cities
  • Industrial heritage
  • The cultural heritage of minorities
  • Heritage protection methods and techniques
  • Traineeship

Museum and Curatorial Studies

  • Objects and collections in museum studies
  • Readings in museum studies
  • Space in museum studies
  • Time in museum studies
  • Individuals, communities, and societies in museum studies
  • Textual interpretation in museum studies
  • Methodology seminar and consultation
  • Research methodology – for curators

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fee for EU/EEA students: 2,200 EUR per semester
  • Tuition fee for non-EU/EEA students: 2,200 EUR per semester


  • Degree: Specialist of Cultural Heritage Studies
  • ECTS credits: 120

Career paths

Our graduates will be able to apply for Ph.D. studies either at Eötvös Loránd University or eventually in a co-tutelle training form, at our partner universities who belong to the international academic network of the department. Besides the academic career, the program may also encourage and enable students to find a job in heritage industry, in public or private cultural organizations.

Job examples

University professor,

Heritage expert in a national research institute

Official at a UNESCO organisation

Employee at an NGO working in cultural tourism and monument protection

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Eötvös Loránd University

Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) - in terms of student and staff number, quality of education and research, and its international relations - is a prestigious institution of public higher education in Hungary, operating continuously since its inception in 1635. As...

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Eötvös Loránd University

Egyetem tér 1-3
H-1053 Budapest

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