Established in 1999, the international Master’s programme World Heritage Studies at Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus is the first graduate programme in the world to design its curriculum around the UNESCO Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.
The programme seeks to convey cross-sectorial knowledge with a focus on managerial skills needed for the identification, preservation, management and presentation of cultural and natural heritage sites. It also provides a comprehensive understanding of the practical legal and stakeholder frameworks, together with the ability to critically reflect upon their affordances and limitations
Grounded in a belief that heritage can and should be understood and protected from a wide range of perspectives, the programme combines theory and practice in various academic disciplines such as humanities, architecture, conservation, ecology, cultural geography, management, tourism, marketing, public-relations and beyond. It thus emphasises the link between culture and nature, tangible and intangible heritage values, or conservation and sustainable development.
The programme cooperates with UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre in Paris, the German Commission for UNESCO, as well as many other heritage organisations all over the world. With its UNESCO Chair in Heritage Studies, the programme is embedded in the worldwide network of UNESCO Chairs
World Heritage Studies is characterised by cultural, academic and professional diversity, and fosters a globally conscious learning environment, where students, academics and industry professionals come together to define and re-contextualise heritage for future generations.