MA in Heritage Studies: Archival and Information Studies

University of Amsterdam

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MA in Heritage Studies: Archival and Information Studies

University of Amsterdam

In the one-year Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies, you will concentrate on Information Studies, and develop the skills, competencies and understandings necessary to become an Information Specialist in today's dynamic digital world.

Our new and dynamic digital age

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. The 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.

Skills for an information society

Today's Information Specialist needs new skills, new understandings, and a greater diversity of approach to guide and facilitate business, technology, government and the cultural sector as they strive to cope with this dynamic digital world. In the one-year Information Studies specialisation of the Archival and Information Studies Master's programme, you will critically and practically examine this new shifting informational landscape. The programme offers an academic approach that covers the full spectrum of the field, delving into contemporary information theory and practice, training students for the diversity of professional information roles, and providing insight into both the history of information technology and practice, as well as into its future directions.


Information Studies is a track of the Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies. To study Archival and Information Studies is to learn how information is organised, preserved, curated and presented in contemporary society, but also how data and information are transforming lives, economies, social relations and politics.

The joint programme consists of a theoretically-based first semester in which you will critically analyse core information and archival theories. In the second semester, you will make your choice for either Information Studies or for Archival Studies.

The second semester of the track Information Studies includes an extensive (12 ECTS) Advanced Theories Lab and a thesis workshop (18 ECTS) and a 12 ECTS course in which students synthesise their theoretical and practical insights by reflecting on the major challenges of information creation, management and use.

Programme structure

The Master's programme in Archival and Information Studies comprises 60 ECTS credits:

  • 42 credits for core courses and electives;
  • 18 credits for a Master's thesis.

Course Overview

Semester 1 (Archival and Information Studies)
  • The Information Society and its Infrastructures (12 ECTS)
  • Information Analytics and Digital Humanities (12 ECTS)

Specialist courses (students choose one):

  • Archival Appraisal: Concepts and Practices (6 ECTS)
  • Digital Memory and Sovereignty (6 ECTS)
Semester 2 - 60 ECTS track (Information Studies)
  • Advanced Theories Lab (12 ECTS)
  • Master's Thesis Workshop (18 ECTS)


The Master's thesis (18 ECTS) reports on research carried out by the student over the course of the Master's. The research topic will be determined in consultation with your thesis supervisor.

Career prospects

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 such as community activists, data entrepreneurs, information architects, media strategists, metadata curators, preservation specialists, health information managers, information and records managers, knowledge management specialists, usability specialists, user experience researchers or designers, access policy officers, business information specialists, environmental data specialists, research information officers, resource discovery and access managers, and information services consultants, among many others.

Esta escola oferece programas em:
  • Inglês

Última actualização January 29, 2018
Duração e Preço
Este curso é No campus
Start Date
Data inicial
Set. 2018
12 - 18 meses
Tempo parcial
Tempo integral
2,006 EUR
Reino dos Países Baixos - Amsterdam
Data inicial: Set. 2018
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Set. 2018
Reino dos Países Baixos - Amsterdam
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EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,225 per year.