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Sustainable Heritage Management

Master (2 years) of Sustainable Heritage Management, 120 ECTS
Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts

Institution Aarhus University (AU)
Campus Aarhus
Duration 2 years
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 4000 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 0 EUR


The MA programme in Sustainable Heritage Management (SHM) at Aarhus University provides you with the competencies needed to meet the multiple challenges of contemporary heritage management. Working with cultural and natural heritage means being conscious of, and taking responsibility for, the links between humans, our environment and the past. But heritage is also an integral part of the present and a potential resource for the future. Through your engagement with both theory and practice, you will gain the skills you need to work in the exciting, expanding and increasingly complex heritage field. You will be trained in a uniquely interdisciplinary environment to designate, assess, retain and sustain heritage and to develop, revise and innovate the future shapes of the sector.

Heritage as Resource

The SHM programme qualifies you to analyse and respond to the opportunities, responsibilities, and ethical implications of heritage work, providing not only a sophisticated academic framework, but also a practice-based set of skills. You will learn to tackle the future challenges of heritage management on the local and the global scale.

A Highly Interdisciplinary Field

Heritage studies and heritage management make up a highly interdisciplinary field, involving methodologies and theoretical frameworks from various disciplines. The SHM programme at AU is anchored in an interdisciplinary research environment based in the archaeology department that includes engaging with scholars from archaeology, anthropology, intellectual history, aesthetics, history, museology, cultural studies, evolutionary studies, and digital design.
Thus during your studies you will work not only with material forms of cultural heritage, but also with textual data and, not least, people and their various perceptions of heritage. The programme revolves around and intersects with the new Moesgaard Museum, some ten kilometres outside Aarhus, affording unique collaborative opportunities for students and staff in this university museum environment.


Graduates in Sustainable Heritage Management are qualified for a number of job markets and industries, depending on your area of interest and specialisation. Recent graduates are working in the 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.


To find out more about admission to the MA in Sustainable Heritage Management please visit the programme’s website.

In addition, documentation may be required verifying that your proficiency in English is at a specified level. 
Read about the language requirements of Aarhus University

Apply directly at Aarhus University with all relevant documentation.

To find out whether the level of your foreign certificate or diploma satisfies the general entry requirements, you should contact Aarhus University directly. A list of the most commonly recognized exams and diplomas can be found at the Danish Agency for Higher Education →

Exchange students should contact their home institution for information on application procedures and deadlines.


Please read more about tuition fee here →

For Further Information

Information from the Danish Agency for Higher Education can be located at →

You will find information about the Danish assessment of foreign qualifications in Guide to diploma recognition

About the Educational System in general visit the section The Danish Higher Education System


Application date
Mar 15
Start date
Sep 01


Application date
Jan 15
Start date
Sep 01


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