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General presentation


The Master's degree in Cultural heritage studies rests on a teaching partnership between the Department of Art history and Archaeology (UFR 03) and the Department of History (UFR 09), with a specific identity on all aspects of cultural heritage.


The M.A. in Cultural heritage studies is a two-years degree, with a shared core in the first year for all students, and five degree courses for the second year:


  • History of cultural heritage and museums, as well as a dual degree with Columbia University
  • Management of cultural heritage 
  • Development and mediation of archaeological heritage
  • Historical Gardens and landscape heritage - in partnership with the Ecole nationale supérieure d'architecture de Versailles (ENSAV)
  • Preparation for accessing the Institut national du Patrimoine – in partnership with the University Paris Ouest Nanterre-La Défense



All students will be trained to a research activity right from the first year of the cursus, with the writing of a long essay aiming at developing their autonomy, and progressively leading to the choice of an orientation for the second year. The second year aims at training young scholars in the field of cultural heritage studies or at preparing young people working in the corporate world or at national and regional agencies. Students are also supposed to attend research seminars in a specific chronological field, in order to ascertain a specialization in a dedicated area of the world cultural heritage, and to write a final research thesis presented and discussed in front of a board of examiners.


The M.A. in Cultural heritage studies also implies a strong involvement within professional environments. A five-weeks traineeship (175 hours) is compulsory for every first-year student. It is recommended that the traineeship occurs before the academic year, during the summer preceding the beginning of teaching (or, during the academic year, between the two teaching terms). For most of the students, the second year involve a long-term traineeship (3 months at least) during the second term of the academic year, leading to the writing of a long report, which is discussed in front of a board of examiners. 


The M.A. in Cultural heritage studies enjoys a variety of corporate partnerships and academic agreements in France and abroad.


Foreign students are encouraged to apply for the Master's degree (either first year or second year). Research theses and traineeship reports could possibly be written in English (with a summary in French).

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