Brandenburg University of Technology in Cottbus-Senftenberg and Deakin University have been internationally recognised as two leading institutions in the field of heritage education and among the first ones to integrate World Heritage aspects into graduate curricula. Following more than ten years of fruitful academic collaboration and in view of their common educational goals, the two universities have developed a Dual Degree Programme together.

The aim is to form heritage and museum management specialists with cross-sectorial knowledge, who will be able to identify, assess, protect, manage and promote cultural and natural heritage sites, as well as objects, collections and archives. Whereas generalist knowledge in a wide range of academic disciplines will be conveyed, particular emphasis will be laid on UNESCO’s most relevant policies, programmes and guidelines regarding the protection and management of heritage.

The Dual Award Programme

  • integrates two cutting edge Master’s programmes: World Heritage Studies at BTU and Cultural Heritage at DU, both recognized as sector leaders, combining the academic strengths of each institution (BTU: focus on the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, heritage site management, integration of cultural and natural heritage, architectural conservation; DU: focus on the Asia-Pacific region, heritage interpretation and museum studies, intangible heritage, community participation) into a complementary curricular structure and leading to an enhanced level of excellence in studies;
  • broadens professional perspectives by facilitating field work in different environments (through practical study projects organised in Germany and Australia);
  • offers students an international experience and exposure to both German and Australian learning values;
  • conveys cross-cultural communication skills.

Upon completion of the Dual Degree programme students receive two degrees: a  Master of Arts in World Heritage Studies from BTU, as well as a Master of Cultural Heritage from Deakin University.

Graduates will work as practitioners at heritage sites, in heritage institutions, UNESCO National Commissions, government agencies, NGOs, museums, community organisations, private corporations, private practice, etc. Their work may be in fields such as heritage management, urban and regional planning, museums, architecture, archaeology, education, etc.


Through a belief that heritage can and should be understood and protected from a wide range of perspectives, the curriculum combines various academic disciplines in four main study areas:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences;
  • Art, Architecture and Conservation;
  • Natural Heritage and Cultural Landscapes;
  • Management.

In addition to theoretical courses, students are required to complete two practical study projects and write a Master’s thesis.

Mobility Scheme



Cottbus is located in the State of Brandenburg, halfway between the vibrant cities of Berlin and Dresden. The town is surrounded by many green areas, including the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve Spreewald, with its idyllic waterways and forests, or the Branitz landscape gardens created by the eccentric Prince von Pückler-Muskau in the mid-19th century. The charming old market place, or the old industrial sites surrounding the landscape are reminders of the town’s versatile heritage story.

Today Cottbus offers a broad spectrum of cultural and social activities, including one of the most important Film Festivals of East European Cinema, ballet and opera performances in the elegant Jugendstil building of the State Theatre, or the Garden Festival taking place in spring. Comedy festivals, youth concerts, pubs, clubs, and cafés enrich and complement a busy student life.


Melbourne has been ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities. No wonder that everybody finds something special to love and admire about it, from spectacular galleries and museums, to spacious green parks and gardens, to delicious cuisine of numerous restaurants and cafés. The blend of modern architectural ensembles and unique heritage buildings reflects the ever-changing exuberant spirit of the city.  Among the historical treasures of the city are the Royal Exhibition Building and its surrounding Carlton Gardens, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2004, or the magnificent building of the Melbourne Town Hall – a lively hub of cultural and civic events and activities.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in a cognate discipline (Cultural Studies, Humanities, Social Sciences, Architecture, Archaeology, Art History, Conservation, Environmental Sciences, Cultural Management, Tourism, etc.);
  • English language proficiency: TOEFL with a score of 79 points internet-based or higher; IELTS with an overall band score of 6.5 or higher (with no band less than 6); Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English with grade B or higher; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with grade C or higher.

Selection Criteria

The maximum number of students to be enrolled in the Dual Degree Programme is fixed to 5 per year for each institution. All nominated applications are evaluated in accordance with the following selection criteria:

  • academic merit and professional competence;
  • motivation to join the Programme and coherence of the study plan;
  • personal record (CV);
  • previous heritage-related experience: 
internships, volunteer work, professional 
  • proven interest in and exposure to other 
cultures, language skills.

Procedure and Deadline

Students intending to study in the Dual Degree Programme will apply for it as part of their regular application for the local Master’s programme in World Heritage Studies at BTU, or the local Master’s programme in Cultural Heritage at Deakin University. Students will first be admitted to the regular study programme at one of the institutions, before a selection from admitted candidates who have also indicated an interest in the Dual Degree Programme will be made. 

The deadline for applications through BTU is July 15. Further details on the application procedure at BTU are available through the BTU World Heritage Studies website.

Expressions of interest can be submitted through Deakin University between September and October. Further details on the application process and deadlines at Deakin University are available here.




The program is fee neutral – students only pay tuition fees to their home institution.

At BTU, no tuition fees are charged for the completion of the Dual Master’s programme. BTU students must only pay the regular student services fees at BTU (approximately 280 Euro/semester) and Deakin during their residence at the respective institution. The BTU student services fees includes free public transportation in the states of Brandenburg and Berlin.

Students based at Deakin University continue to pay regular tuition fees at Deakin, and the student services fee at BTU.

BTU students selected for the programme are provided with full scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), consisting of a monthly bursary to cover living costs and a one-time travel bursary.