MA Arts, Literature and Society

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Arts, Literature and Society

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Arts, Lit & Soc.

The MA in Art, Literature and Society addresses contemporary debates in literature, art, religion, philosophy, and culture. The direction you take depends on your prior studies and your passions. The critique of nationalism in recent German literature? The humanities in academia? Architecture and politics? Fascism and modernism? Darwinian aesthetics? Are we our brain? The role of art in the future of democracy? The key term here is interdisciplinarity: you learn to approach debates not as a philosopher, a political scientist or columnist, a journalist, or as a historian, but rather from a broad spectrum of viewpoints in a programme that remains unique in the Netherlands.

Graduates of this programme will have gained:

  • Broad insight into topical issues of national and international importance
  • Experience engaging in impassioned debates and tackle a range of contemporary controversies
  • The ability to infuse their academic practice with an element of personality

Fast facts

Art, Literature and Society at Maastricht University…

  • is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme
  • utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning
  • can be followed in English or in Dutch
  • has majority of international students, representing on average 7 different nationalities
  • is excellent preparation for a successful PhD programme
  • looks at the public roles of the professionals who are engaged in research, management, criticism, and debate in these areas
  • offers you the choice of spending the second semester working abroad on an internship or project.

Summer School

If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the Art, Literature and Society programme must have:

  • a bachelor’s degree from a relevant academic field and/or a CV indicating relevant working experience
  • a letter of motivation indicating why you wish to study Art, Literature and Society at Maastricht University and why you expect that you will be able to successfully complete the programme
  • high quality of performance in previous education

Please note that students who apply for this Master's programme should pay a handling fee.

For students with a relevant University of Applied Sciences degree (e.g. HBO/Hochschule), or an academic BA or BSc Bachelor in a field that does not grant direct admission into this programme, there is a Pre-master year ("schakeljaar").

Language requirements

Non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet the requirement concerning a sufficient command of English by passing one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of at least 6.5 and a writing score of at least 6.5; or
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall score of at least 90 (TOEFL internet), and a writing score of at least 25; or an overall score of 575 (TOEFL paper) or 232 (TOEFL computer) with an equivalent minimum writing score; or
  • A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).

The results of the TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificates must be uploaded before the applicable deadline (May 1, 2016 for NON-EU students and June 1, 2016 for EU students). Results received after this date will not be taken into consideration and therefore your application file will be considered as incomplete. Be aware of the fact that it can take some time before you get the results of the English tests, so plan your test in time! Applicants who are native English speakers and/or have obtained an English-taught bachelor’s degree are exempted from the language proficiency test.

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • a motivation letter (see Admissions requirements)
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a photocopy of your valid passport or EU ID-card
  • a recent passport picture
  • a certified copy of your bachelor certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French)
  • a copy of your English Language test with sufficient results (see requirements mentioned above)
Please note that only complete application files (including English Language test) will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. The Board will try to respond within 4 weeks.

Students who have not yet completed the bachelor's programme should send a copy of their most recent list of grades with the application. Successful candidates will be admitted on a conditional basis. Before 1 September 2016 we need a certified hard copy of your Bachelor's diploma - or at least an official declaration of graduation: stating that you passed all exams successfully and that you obtained the Bachelor's degree before or on 31 August 2016. This declaration should mention the official graduation date which should be the same date as the date on the Bachelor's diploma.

Please note that applying for admission to this programme in the academic year 2016/2017 is possible as of 1 October 2015.

Last updated March 8, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
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Non-EU Applicants - 1 May 2016 / EU Applicants - 1 June 2016*
Start date Sept. 2016
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR