|Study location||Hungary, Budapest|
|Type||Master, full degree studies|
|Nominal duration||4 semesters (120 ECTS)|
|Awards||MA (Specialist of Cultural Heritage Studies)|
|Course code||Arts and Humanities|
Bachelor diploma (or higher)
Applicants must hold a university bachelor’s (BA) degree (or an equivalent college degree) in the fields listed below:
Previously earned credits are acknowledged for entry into the program in full if the applicant holds a BA degree in social science bachelor’s degree programs, or humanities bachelor’s degree programs as follows: liberal arts, history, archaeology, ethnography, and Hungarian.
Applicants with a BA degree in architecture and architectural design must have at least 30 credits to enter the program, from areas related to cultural history (cultural anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, philology, aesthetics, art history, history, and cultural studies).
Applicants holding diplomas from any other bachelor and master’s degree programs, as well as programs corresponding to Act LXXX of 1993 on Higher Education accepted by the Credit Transfer Committee of the Faculty of Humanities of ELTE, on the basis of a comparison of the knowledge on which the credit is based, must have at least 40 credits from areas related to cultural history (cultural anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, philology, aesthetics, art history, history, and cultural studies); they can be admitted with a minimum of 30 credits to the program, while the remaining credits should be earned during their first two semesters at the Cultural Heritage Studies MA program in conformity with the Studies and Exams Code of the Faculty of Humanities of ELTE.
The educational and outcome requirements are defined by the Ministry of Human Capacities, Regulation No. 18/2016. (VIII. 5.). Details of the application and admission process are defined by the Organisational and Operational Regulations of ELTE.
The entry qualification documents are accepted in the following languages: English.
Often you can get a suitable transcript from your school. If this is not the case, you will need official translations along with verified copies of the original.
You must take the original entry qualification documents along with you when you finally go to the university.
Applications are accepted from the following territories (based on citizenship): Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Burundi, Cambodia, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo - Kinshasa, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Morocco, Namibia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Korea, St Lucia, State of Palestine, Syria, São Tomé & Príncipe, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Türkiye, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen.
Non-native speakers of English must demonstrate a very good level of English-language skills.
— Bachelor-level degree. An official copy of your completed Bachelor degree
Other: An official English translation of the certificates and the records is required to be submitted, if the language of the original is not in English.
Optional documents for admissions
Within the Institute of History, the Department for Interdisciplinary History has been providing education in the field of cultural heritage since 2012, initially as a specialization of the History MA program, and from 2016 in the form of an independent Hungarian master’s degree program. Since 2018, the Department has been coordinating a bilingual (English and French) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree program on cultural heritage (TEMA+ European Territories. Heritage and Development), in association with four partner universities (Charles University, Prague; École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris; University of Catania; Université Laval, Québec) and in cooperation with European Heritage Label (EHL) and various UNESCO organs. The English-language Cultural Heritage Studies MA program is based on the domestic and international experiences of the department.
The program includes two specializations: 1) Theory of Cultural Heritage, 2) Museum and Curatorial Studies. The program provides internships for students in several institutions involved in heritage protection and management.
This program is recommended to applicants who are willing to gain a solid and interdisciplinary scientific knowledge in critical cultural heritage studies, as well as practical experience and skills offered by internships with local, regional and national cultural organisations and heritage institutions. It is also suggested for those who wish to integrate to an international scientific network and to a highly professional scientific community.
This program enables students to prepare for academic careers as researchers and/or for working opportunities in various branches in the field of cultural heritage, by combining theoretical and practical knowledge.
Strength of program
One of the main features of the program is the interdisciplinary approach, covering several areas of research related to cultural and nationalism studies, historiography, sociology and urbanism, together with the offer of a variety of methodological approaches and a strong emphasis on practical knowledge. Our graduates will have a broad knowledge in many areas of cultural heritage, both in theoretical and practical dimensions. Besides offering up-to-date research results and a wide range of current theories, the department is characterised by a friendly, familiar atmosphere where students are provided by close, personalized supervision.
The department, since its foundation, has very close cooperation with prestigious European universities and it is embedded into a wide academic network. In the last years, the department has coordinated the Master Course TEMA European Territories (Civilisation, Nation, Region, City): Identity and Development and the TEMA+ European Territories: Heritage and Development programme, which makes European cultural heritage its new key element, after recognizing the importance of cultural heritage on global, national and regional scales, and, within the EU. Between 2007 and 2020, the department participated to the Horizon 2020 project entitled REACH (Re-designing access to cultural heritage for a wider participation in preservation, (re)use and management of European culture) and since 2020, to the Horizon 2020 project UNCHARTED Understanding, Capturing and Fostering the Societal Value of Culture.
Entry requirements: B2 level in English language
Entrance exam: Yes
Type of entrance exam: Oral
Entrance exam location: Electronic
Entrance examination and selection process:
When the university receives the full application package and it is checked by the Department of International Affairs an entrance exam date option will be sent no later than the application deadline for the relevant period. Please, check your messages in the application system, and the e-mail address that is linked to the account regularly. The applications are examined by the Admission Board no later than after each application period and applicants are notified of the outcome of the selection in the online application system after the decision is official. Admission letters are sent out in the online application system within a few days.
Mr Rezső Jarmalov
Stipendium Hungaricum coordinator
Preparatory year available: No
Specialisation year available: No
Minimum number of scholarship holders: 2
Maximum number of scholarship holders: 20
Find the detailed structure of the program on the site of the Faculty:
Our graduates will be able to apply for Ph.D. studies either at Eötvös Loránd University or eventually in a co-tutelle training form, at our partner universities who belong to the international academic network of the department. Besides the academic career, the program may also encourage and enable students to find a job in heritage industry, in public or private cultural organizations
- University professor
- Heritage expert in a national research institute
- Official at a UNESCO organisation
- Employee at an NGO working in cultural tourism and monument protection