Courses are held entirely in English.
15 July for the following winter semester
Established in 1999, the international Master's programme World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus is the first graduate programme in the world to design its curriculum around the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
The programme seeks to convey cross-sectorial knowledge with a focus on managerial skills needed for the identification, preservation, management, and presentation of cultural and natural heritage sites. It also provides a comprehensive understanding of the practical, legal, and stakeholder frameworks, together with the ability to critically reflect upon their affordance and limitations.
Grounded in a belief that heritage can and should be understood and protected from a wide range of perspectives, the programme combines theory and practice in various academic disciplines such as humanities, architecture, conservation, ecology, cultural geography, management, tourism, marketing, public relations, and beyond. It thus emphasises the link between culture and nature, tangible and intangible heritage values, or conservation and sustainable development.
Four study areas are integrated in an interdisciplinary curriculum:
- Humanities and Social Sciences
- Art, Architecture and Conservation
- Natural Heritage and Cultural Landscapes
The study programme also includes two applied study projects and a Master's thesis.
World Heritage Studies is characterised by cultural, academic, and professional diversity, and fosters a globally conscious learning environment where students, academics, and industry professionals come together to define and recontextualise heritage for future generations.
In 2014, we started an excellence partnership with Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and initiated a double degree programme in World Heritage Studies/Cultural Heritage. The top five students accepted in the World Heritage Studies programme will have the possibility to study abroad in Melbourne, with full funding from DAAD, and will be rewarded with two degrees upon the successful completion of the programme.