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Heritage and Museum Studies (MA)

The master's programme in Heritage and Museum Studies at Leiden University focuses on the relationships between past and present, the role of heritage in our society, and how our heritage can contribute to improving the quality of life and the environment.

Genner Llanes Ortiz

Assistant Professor

Genner Llanes Ortiz

"My research touches different aspects of Indigenous heritage, but I am particularly interested in the role of indigenous art forms – like music, cinema, video, and digital activism – in cultural and linguistic revitalisation. This means that my focus is on contemporary views of heritage. In this, I work in collaboration with my own people, the Yucatec Maya in Mexico, but also with people in other regions of the Americas."


"I want to promote awareness of local (often indigenous) perspectives in archaeological and heritage research in Leiden. My goal is to show that if we want to understand the value of archaeological heritage and cultural history, we need to pay attention to the knowledge and perspectives that living people have about this. The more we integrate these different aspects of heritage, the better we will understand heritage."

Sarah-Jayne Nogarede

Alumna of Heritage and Museum Studies

Sarah-Jayne Nogarede

"During my bachelor's I conducted an oral history project in the small Palestinian city of Balata where I had joined an excavation. It was so much fun, talking to all the local people there, being invited into their homes and lives. It was also very impressive, hearing their memories and ideas, and learning how much the site meant to them, and how much they wanted to be a part of our project.It made me see how often communities and the public are forgotten in traditional archaeological projects. I chose the master's in Heritage and Museum Studies to really learn to forge a link between archaeology and society."

What does this master's programme entail?

Seen from an archaeological perspective and in so far as they are relevant to heritage management and modern museum practices, this master’s specialisation combines academic and practical aspects of cultural and landscape studies, politics, cultural theory and the environmental sciences. 

This fascinating journey will take you through current approaches and ethical issues and allows you to experience some of them in daily practice.

See the programme page for more information.

Why Heritage and Museum Studies at Leiden University?

  • Study at a Faculty that has quite rightly earned a place in the top ten of archaeology research and teaching institutes in the world.
  • Benefit from our large network in international research.
  • Gain a solid basis for a national or international career in archaeology, heritage management, heritage policy or the museum world.

More reasons to study Heritage and Museum Studies at Leiden University.

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