Master's Programme in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability

Academic year 2023/2024

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What is the role of cultural heritage in a world challenged by globalisation, climate change and social exclusion? In the Master's Programme in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, you will explore the links between cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible) and sustainability, preparing 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 in Visby.

Why this programme?

The Master's Programme in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability aims to provide an advanced understanding of how cultural heritage and sustainability are connected. It will help you answer questions on how cultural heritage can be preserved, used and developed in sustainable ways, and how cultural heritage can be used as a driving force for regional development.

The courses are based on research in conservation conducted by faculty members involved in the programme. They will give you a broad introduction to the field of cultural heritage and sustainability, as well as the possibility to specialise in the following areas:

  • heritage and regional development
  • heritage in identity politics
  • heritage and the environment, and
  • heritage in peace and conflicts.

The autumn semester of the first year consists of mandatory campus courses carried out at Campus Gotland in Visby. During the spring semester of the first year and the autumn semester of the second year, there are opportunities to shape the focus of the programme to suit your own goals, including the possibility to do an exchange semester or an internship.

Conservation is the major field of study in the Master's Programme in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability and in order to get a master's degree (120 credits), you must take at least 60 credits in the subject. The remaining 60 credits can be taken in conservation or another subject, with a minimum of 30 credits at the advanced level.

Student profile

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

The programme is based on Campus Gotland. While taking your studies on campus, you will also be able to enjoy everything the historic World Heritage site of Visby and the island of Gotland have to offer and learn outside of your classroom.


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).


The following describes the course of study for the full two-year programme.

The first semester gives you in-depth knowledge of the role of cultural heritage in sustainable development, as well as knowledge of the theories and methods used in conservation as an academic discipline. The first half of the semester is taught in two courses of 7.5 credits each. Ecological, social and economic perspectives on sustainability and how they relate to heritage are explored. Furthermore, you will take an advanced introduction to current theoretical and methodological approaches in the field of cultural heritage and sustainability. You begin writing your thesis during the second half of the semester.

In semesters two and three you can choose between elective courses in conservation or another subject. The department offers in-depth courses in the field of cultural heritage and sustainability. During these semesters there is also the possibility to do an internship in Sweden or abroad, or to participate in international student exchange through the university's and the department's exchange agreements.

In semester 4 you complete the thesis that was started in semester 1.

Courses within the programme

Semester 1

Introduction to Heritage and Sustainability (7.5 credits)

Theories and Methods in Heritage and Sustainability (7.5 credits)

Master's Thesis in Conservation (15 of a total of 45 credits)

Semesters 2 and 3

Heritage Politics and Identity (7.5 credits)

Cultural Heritage in Peace and Conflict (7.5 credits)

Cultural Heritage as a Driver for Regional Development (7.5 credits)

Heritage and the Environment (7.5 credits)

Specialised Course in Conservation (15 credits)

Internship in Conservation (15/30 credits)

Semester 4

Master's Thesis in Conservation (30 of a total of 45 credits)

Learning experience

The programme is offered at Uppsala University's Campus Gotland, located in the World Heritage site of Visby, the best-preserved Medieval city in Scandinavia. Gotland is an island located in the middle of the Baltic Sea between the mainland of Sweden and the Baltic States. With its rich cultural heritage, Gotland provides you with an inspiring environment, both as a backdrop for discussions and as an arena for implementations, excursions, projects, etc. Collaboration with national and international external actors is an important part of the programme.

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.

At seminars, you present your ideas and discuss the reading you have done beforehand (a course book or other study material) with your classmates, while the teacher usually only moderates the discussion. The aim is to develop critical thinking and collaborative skills. All the students are expected to be active participants in all forms of discussions.

You will also do group work together with your classmates outside the classroom. This way, you learn from each other and practice being team players.

The student group of the programme is diverse with a mix of Swedish and international students with different educational backgrounds in the humanities, the natural sciences and the social sciences.

Examination forms vary between courses, 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.


This international and interdisciplinary programme will provide you with the necessary skills and competencies 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 the growing regional development sector. The competencies you develop during the programme will be useful in the strategic management of cultural heritage in both private companies and public organisations.

The international and interdisciplinary profile of the programme lays the ground for a career in the global heritage job market, with private companies, NGOs and public institutions. Potential employers include national, regional and local institutions, museums, heritage sites, and consultancy firms. With its focus on academic discourse and writing skills, the programme will also give you a solid foundation for pursuing an academic career within the growing field of heritage and sustainability.

Career support

During your time as a student, UU Careers offers support and guidance. You have the opportunity to take part in a variety of activities and events that will prepare you for your future career. Learn more about UU Careers.


Below you will find details about eligibility requirements, selection criteria and tuition fees. For information on how to apply and what general documents you need to submit, check the application guide. Besides the general supporting documents, you also need to submit one programme-specific document: a statement of purpose (max 1,500 words).

The statement of purpose should describe your professional background and why you are applying for the programme.

Master's Programme in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability

120 credits

Autumn 2023, 100%, Campus

Location: Visby

Application deadline: 16 January 2023

Application code: UU-M5140 Application

Language of instruction: English


Academic requirements

A Bachelor's degree, equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen, from an internationally recognised university.

Language requirements

Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6. This requirement can be met either by achieving the required score on an internationally recognised test, or by previous upper secondary or university studies in some countries. Detailed instructions on how to provide evidence of your English proficiency are available at

Selection: Students are selected based on:

  • an overall appraisal of previous university studies; and
  • a statement of purpose.

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 50,000

Tuition fee, total: SEK 200,000

Contact and further resources


Programme coordinator Gustaf Leijonhufvud

+46 18 471 83 37

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

Department of Art History

Engelska parken, Thunbergsvägen 3H 752 38 UPPSALA

Box 630, 751 26 UPPSALA

018-471 2887

Programme start and registration

Welcome to Master's Programme in Cultural Heritage and Sustainability, autumn 2023

The programme starts 28 of August at Campus Gotland, Visby.



Registration for admitted students

The period of registration for the introductory courses is 27 July - 20 August.


To start the programme, you need to register for the introductory courses, Introduction to Heritage and Sustainability, 7.5 credits and Theories and Methods in Heritage and Sustainability, 7.5 credits.


Information about how to activate a student account and register you find here,


Registration for students admitted with conditions

Registration is done in two steps:

1. You state that you intend to register by e-mailing, no later than 20 August.

2. You prove that you fulfil the requirements by sending an e-mail to with a certificate showing that you fulfil the eligibility, no later than 28 August 08 AM. Please remember to include your name, personal ID number and the course/programme.

Information for reserves

When vacancies to our courses appear, reserves are contacted via e-mail, and the e-mail will contain information on the last day to reply to the offer and what you have to do to accept.

Registration questions, contact study administrator Carina Dahlström

Questions about the program contact,

Welcome to the programme and to Visby!