About the Programme

The Heritage Studies PhD programme aims to develop qualitative and quantative research on the protection and use of the heritage of humankind in both international and interdisciplinary contexts. Highly qualified and committed professors from different faculties of BTU are part of the programme, thereby strengthening the research profile of BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg in Global Change and Transformation Processes. The programme is affilited to the Faculty of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Urban Planning.

The programme focuses on theory and practice-oriented research activities related to all heritage expressions. It is particularly focused on the transformation of heritage via globalization. Dissertation topics are expected address one of the research areas of the programme. The PhD programme provides a structured and international learning environment to prepare researchers for the dissertation process through a mandatory curriculum of 30 ECTS. PhD candidates are encouraged to bring their own unique institutional and cultural experiences. They will work with an advisor on an innovative research topic to develop and apply appropriate scientific methods for their given research topic.

After completion of the programme, graduates have worked in a variety of fields: academic teaching and research, UNESCO Offices and National Commissions, heritage site management, public and private heritage organisations, consultancy firms, tourism operators, museums, and other heritage related institutions.