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Heritage Research: Methods and Approaches


Admission requirements

Admission to the Master Archaeology programme Heritage and Museum Studies.


This course provides an introduction to methods and approaches in heritage research and museum research. You gain an understanding of debates in methodology, research design and its relationship to research methods, the use of methods, and ethical principles in research practice.

The focus is on qualitative methods in the social sciences and anthropology, and as applied by research staff in the Department of Archaeological Heritage and Society.
The course employs active learning of methods and methodological problems through short assignments and active involvement in research projects directed by teaching and research staff. You get to explore research design and the elements it entails.

Course set-up

  • Lecture presentation;

  • Tutorial;

  • Individual work.

Course objectives

  • Gain understanding of methodological debates, including assumptions, bias and problems inherent in different approaches and methods;

  • Develop skills to identify a research problem and set up an appropriate research design;

  • Enable students to design research for their thesis within a framework of active research projects and professional work directed by course lecturers;

  • Gain knowledge in research methods in heritage and museum studies;

  • Understand ethical principles in research practice.


Course schedule details can be found in the MA and MSc time schedule.

Mode of instruction


Due to COVID-19 measures in place, and depending on developments in the situation, the mode of instruction may change before or during the course.

Course load

  • 7 x 2 hours of lectures (1 ec);

  • 250 pages of literature (2 ec);

  • Assignments (2 ec).

Assessment method

Assignments (100%).

There will be one final course grade. This will consist on the average grade from all 4 assignments.

All assignments are mandatory. Compensation between assignments is allowed.
If the course is not passed, a retake of one non-passing assignment is allowed, providing that all assignments were submitted.

All exam dates (exams, retakes, paper deadlines etc.) can be found in the MA and MSc examination schedule.
The assignments have individual deadlines.

Due to COVID-19 measures in place, and depending on developments in the situation, the assessment method may change before or during the course.

Reading list

To be announced.


Registration via uSis is mandatory.

  • The Administration Office will register all BA1 students for their tutorials (not lectures; register via uSis!).

  • BA2, BA3, MA/MSc and RMA/RMSc students are required to register for all lectures and tutorials well in time.

  • The Administration Office registers all students for their exams, students are not required to do this in uSis.


For more information about this course, please contact dr. M. (Mariana) de Campos Françozo.


Compulsory attendance.