World Heritage Studies: Brandenburg University of Technology

Master of Arts
World Heritage Studies: Brandenburg University of Technology, Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus, Bertram Welker, Konrad-Wachsmann-Allee 1, Cottbus, 3013, Germany
Humanities and Arts
Course Language(s) 
English; German and English language courses accompany the programme.
Course Beginning 
4 semesters
App Deadline 


World Heritage Studies is a unique and innovative programme that takes up the technical, socio-economic, cultural, ecological and political challenges related to the protection of World Heritage by the means of an interdisciplinary curriculum. It cuts across all faculties of the BTU and is supported by UNESCO. The programme is targeted at students with a first degree in the area of cultural sciences or equivalent qualifications wishing to work in a future-oriented and innovative field. Modules are divided into the areas Humanities and Social Sciences; Art, Architecture and Conservation; Natural Heritage and Cultural Landscapes; and Management.

The study programme enables students to work for the conservation and sustainable use of World Heritage Sites under the conditions of globalisation. They work as managers on behalf of international organisations, national administrations or private institutions and develop concepts and strategies for the preservation and future use of World Heritage Sites. Their tasks include the planning and conceptional work for infrastructure to promote a gentle and sustainable tourism, the establishment of participatory structures to involve and educate local populations, decision-makers and other actors and to draw up concepts for financing and sponsorships programmes. Graduates may work as educators at heritage sites and museums developing new concepts of presentation beyond the traditional exhibition thus stressing the future-oriented aspects of heritage. Their task is the establishment of various forms of display and transfer of knowledge for new interpretations of World Heritage. A further field of employment is the work of specialists in national and international educational institutions, especially in the field of adult education. Their graduates thus work as multipliers for a new image of World Heritage and contribute to widening the access to this topic for broader segments of society.

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