MSc Archival and Information Studies (Heritage Studies)

The track Information Studies is an interdisciplinary programme taught by, archivists, information scientists, cultural theorists, and heritage specialists.


Skills for an information society

Information, data, media and digitality have become ubiquitous features of our social, economic and political lives. All the world is connected and media and computational technologies have already converged into a small device we carry around in our pockets. News is sampled rather than broadcast. We converse through snippets of information shared via junk radio bands to a global clique. This digital hyper-archive of information is not only a resource to be accessed and consulted, but, as never before, the constituent data for new questions, new enquiries and new intrusions into our social and political lives. The methods of the previous age, methods of representation and fixed association, no longer apply to this new, dynamic, digital information world.

Today’s Information Specialist needs new skills, new understandings, and greater diversity of approach to guide and facilitate business, technology, government and the cultural sector as they strive to cope with this dynamic digital world. The development of the skills, competences and understandings required by the new Information Specialist is central to the new Master’s in Archival and Information Studies.


Studying Archival and Information Studies: Information Studies at the University of Amsterdam

The Information Studies track of the Master’s in Archival and Information Studies is a one-year master’s programme for those students who are interested in the critical and practical examination of this new shifting informational landscape. Archival and Information Studies: Information Studies offers an academicmaster’s degree (12-month programme) that covers the full spectrum of the field. It treats contemporary information theory and practice, trains students for the diversity of professional information roles and provides insight into both the history of information technology and practice, as well as into its future directions.


Degree certificate

Archival and Information Studies is a programme of the accredited Master’s degree programme Heritage Studies. Upon successful completion of this programme you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Heritage Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).


Lead departments
Working experience
Not required
12 months