Heritage Management in a World Context

Heritage Management in a World Context is a one-year MA-specialisation at the internationally renowned Archaeology Faculty of Leiden University. The programme focuses on the ethical issues and dilemmas of (international) heritage management and museum practices.

Ethical issues

In this master’s specialisation you will trace the roots and development of archaeological heritage management, on land and under water. You will learn about current debates and ethical issues, and you will experience some of these in daily practice. Additionally, you will gain insight into the relevant international treaties and organisations, while you will examine issues such as ownership, values, stakeholders, repatriation, looting and commercial archaeology.


Contemporary dilemmas of archaeological heritage management will be addressed in depth. They relate to subjects such as public archaeology, site management and heritage protection in conflict zones. You will meet interesting lecturers and guest lecturers, who have first-hand experience with the issues that heritage managers are facing.


The courses are linked to the ongoing research projects of our staff, and always incorporate the latest developments in relevant disciplines. As part of this master’s specialisation, you will engage in a period of (international) fieldwork. Alternatively, you may also choose to work as an intern in a museum or an (international) institution. This will provide you with valuable practical experience and will expand your network.

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Archaeology
  • Degree Master of Arts in Archaeology
  • Mode of study Full-time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60805

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