Cultural Heritage and Sustainability - Master's Programme in the Humanities 2020/2021

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The Master's Programme in the Humanities, specialising in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, will provide you with the competence needed to pursue an international career in the strategic management of cultural heritage. You gain the analytical skills needed to manage cultural heritage in our increasingly diversified world. Our unique interdisciplinary profile prepares you for a career in heritage site management, sustainable tourism, cultural planning and regional urban development.

The programme is offered at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, located in the World Heritage site of Visby in the middle of the Baltic Sea.

Why this programme?

The aim of the programme in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, within the Master's Programme in the Humanities, is to provide an advanced understanding of how cultural heritage and sustainable development is linked. It will help you answer questions on how we can preserve, use and develop cultural heritage in a sustainable way, and how cultural heritage can be used as a driver for regional development.

The courses build upon research in conservation conducted by faculty involved in the programme. They will give you a broad introduction to the field of cultural heritage and sustainability as well as specialist knowledge in the following areas:

  • cultural heritage and regional development
  • cultural heritage in identity politics
  • climate change and energy efficiency and
  • cultural heritage in peace and conflicts.

During the first year you will participate in excursions in which you will get a better understanding of how these themes are debated among scholars and practitioners. During year two you have the opportunity to shape the focus of the programme to suit your own interests and personal goals, either by choosing courses on your own or by doing an internship.

The programme is offered at Uppsala University Campus Gotland, located in the World Heritage site of Visby in the middle of the Baltic Sea. Gotland, with its rich cultural heritage, provides an inspiring environment, both as a backdrop for discussions and as an arena for applications, excursions, projects, etc.


The programme leads to a Master of Arts (120 credits) with Conservation as the main field of study. It is also possible to graduate after one academic year with a Master of Arts (60 credits).

All specialisations of this programme


The programme starts with two mandatory courses in Conservation during the first semester. The first course gives an advanced introduction to the relationship between cultural heritage and sustainable development. The second course focuses on Conservation as an academic discipline, introducing different theories and methodologies and developing the students' writing skills.

During the second semester, you take four courses offering different perspectives on cultural heritage and sustainability. The topics of these courses all belong to the research profile of the department.

During the third semester, you begin working on your Master's thesis. To help you develop your thesis topic, a seminar series is given.

During this semester, you can focus on one of the course topics from the first year in a specialised course. You can also study at another university or do an internship during this semester.

The programme ends with the Master's thesis which is finished during semester four.

Courses within the programme

Semester 1
Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Development, 15 credits
Theories, Methodologies and Academic Writing in the Field of Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, 15 credits

Semester 2
Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Regional Development, 7.5 credits
Climate for Culture, 7.5 credits
Cultural Heritage in Peace and Conflict, 7.5 credits
Heritage Politics and Identity, 7.5 credits

Semester 3
Master's Thesis in Conservation, 15 credits
Specialised course in Conservation, Advanced Level, 15 credits, or
Internship in Conservation, Advanced Level, 15 credits

Semester 4
Master's Thesis in Conservation, in total 45 credits

Learning experience

The academic environment at Campus Gotland is characterised by a close working relationship between students and faculty. The active involvement of students and their on-site presence in Visby are fundamental to the programme. We consider the diverse experiences of the international student group a valuable resource in teaching. All teaching is conducted in English, mainly in the form of seminars, lectures and group exercises.

The student group will be diverse with a mix of Swedish and international students with different educational backgrounds from the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences.

Examination forms vary, but usually consist of active participation in seminars and submission of written assignments in groups or individually. Academic writing is in focus throughout the programme.


The specialisation in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability is an international and interdisciplinary programme that will provide you with the necessary skills and competences to work with strategic issues related to how cultural heritage can be preserved, used, and developed.

Your ability to understand complex societal phenomena, in which the balance between development and preservation is key, will prepare you for a career in strategic management of cultural heritage in both private companies and public organisations.

The programme, with its focus on academic discourse and writing skills, will also give you a solid foundation for pursuing an academic career within conservation.

Career support
During your whole time as a student UU Careers offers you support and guidance. You have the opportunity to partake in a variety of career activities and events, as well as receive individual career counselling. This service is free of charge for all students at Uppsala University. Read more about UU Careers.


Cultural Heritage and Sustainability

120 credits

Autumn 2020 - 100 % - Campus

Location: Visby

Application Deadline: 2020-01-15

Enrolment Code: UU-M5026 Application

Language of Instruction: English

Academic requirements
A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.
Also required is 60 credits in conservation, history preservation, cultural heritage management, archaeology, heritage studies, architecture, cultural economics, art history, museology, curating, history, anthropology, cultural heritage law, community planning, or a similar field of study.

Language requirements
All applicants need to verify English language proficiency that corresponds to English studies at upper secondary (high school) level in Sweden ("English 6"). This can be done in a number of ways, including through an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS, or through previous upper secondary (high school) or university studies.
The minimum test scores are:

  • IELTS: an overall mark of 6.5 and no section below 5.5
  • TOEFL: Paper-based: Score of 4.5 (scale 1–6) in written test and a total score of 575. Internet-based: Score of 20 (scale 0–30) in written test and a total score of 90
  • Cambridge: CAE, CPE
More information about English language requirements

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • a total appraisal of quantity and quality of previous university studies, and
  • a statement of purpose outlining their proficiency in conservation (1-2 pages).
Tuition fee-paying students and non-paying students are admitted on the same grounds but in different selection groups.


If you are not a citizen of a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country, or Switzerland, you are required to pay application and tuition fees. Fees cover application and tuition only and do not cover accommodation, academic literature or the general cost of living. Read more about fees.

Application Fee: SEK 900

Tuition fee, first semester: SEK 60000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 240000

Contact and further resources


Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology: Claudia Merli

+46 18 471 22 83

Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, Archeology, Egyptology

Gender Studies: Jacob Bull

+46 18 471 57 98

Cultural Heritage and Sustainability: Gustaf Leijonhufvud

+46 18 471 28 87

Musicology: Mattias Lundberg

+46 18 471 15 84

Philosophy: Pauliina Remes

Aesthetics: Elisabeth Schellekens Dammann

For admissions-related or general information, please contact our applicant support team:

For information and over-arching questions regarding the Master programme in the Humanities, please contact programme coordinator Molly Sundberg

Contact the respective department for information about your chosen specialisation.