Archival and Information Studies (Heritage Studies)

Archival and Information Studies (Heritage Studies)

Master degree
12 months
Application deadlines: 1 March
Processing time: 30 days
Intakes: September
International tuition: €13,310
Domestic tuition: €2,083

Program overview

Information, data, media and digitality have become ubiquitous features of our social, economic and political lives. All the world is connected and media and computational technologies have already converged into a small device we carry around in our pockets. News is sampled rather than broadcast. We converse through snippets of information shared via junk radio bands to a global clique. This digital hyper-archive of information is not only a resource to be accessed and consulted, but, as never before, the constituent data for new questions, new enquiries and new intrusions into our social and political lives. The methods of the previous age, methods of representation and fixed association, no longer apply to this new, dynamic, digital information world.

Study options

This program can be done
On campus



The Master’s in Archival and Information Studies is open for application to all students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA or from another accredited university, in: Humanities Social Sciences Students who have obtained a university Bachelor’s degree in another field of study, and/or students who have complete a Dutch HBO Bachelor's degree or equivalent, with applied emphasis in archival, information, documentation or library studies (eg. Former IDM or IDM/BDI) supplemented with a pre-Master's programme in Media and Information, can also apply. Their application will be assessed by the Examinations Board on a case by case basis. For more information, please see: Pre-Master's Programme (in Dutch). The level of the Bachelor's degree from an international higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board). English language requirements New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test.

Career opportunities

The new information professional works at the intersection of technology, information and people. Traditional work can be found in libraries, in culture and media, government and advocacy, but also increasingly in finance, law, health and business. Beyond the growing need for digital archivists and digital librarians, new forms of work now exist for the Information professional. These include, among others: Community activists Data entrepreneurs Information architects, researchers and consultants Media strategists Metadata curators Preservation specialists Health information managers User experience researchers or designers Business information specialists Environmental data specialists