MA Arts and Heritage

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Arts and Heritage

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Arts & Heritage

This one-year programme is offered in both English and Dutch. The master’s programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of past and present culture. Culture is defined in broad terms, encompassing both historical as well as contemporary artistic and cultural manifestations. In this context, heritage is regarded as a particular component of culture in the wider sense of the word.

You will develop insights into these key concepts and how their meaning has changed throughout history. You will also explore, evaluate and debate issues related to appreciation, interpretation, use, management and policy. In addition, you will acquire professional and academic skills in the practical organisation and development of artistic projects in the context of cultural management.

This interdisciplinary master’s programme has a strong international and professional orientation.

Fast facts

Arts and Heritage at Maastricht University…

  • is a one-year international and interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme
  • is a selective programme for a maximum of approximately 50 students
  • has a majority of international students, representing on average 20 different nationalities
  • provides opportunities for students from both language tracks to regularly team up
  • is enriched by the variety of disciplinary, national and professional backgrounds of staff and students
  • utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning
  • is centred on professional practice, based on the methods and results of academic research
  • has well-established links with practising professionals across the Arts and Heritage sector locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
  • provides practical and professional experience for students through an internship and/or a self-directed 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. Contact us for more information.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the A&H programme must have:

• a bachelor’s degree from a relevant academic field and/or a CV indicating relevant working experience

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
  • 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)
  • If necessary, a candidate will be invited for an interview with the Board of Admissions of the A&H programme (face to face or via Skype). Further, the candidate may be asked to send writing/paper samples.
  • a copy of your English Language test with sufficient results (see requirements mentioned above)

Please note that only complete application files 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 diploma - or at least an official declaration of graduation: stating that you passed all exams successfully and that you obtained the Bachelor 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 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 February 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2016
Netherlands Maastricht
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End date Request Info
Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR