MA in Arts and Culture (research)


Program Description

Are you interested in Art and Culture? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this is the Master's degree you are looking for.

In the two-year Research Master's degree in Arts and Culture, you can choose between two tracks.

The track in Literary and Cultural Studies offers you an advanced study of the arts. You will focus specifically on the role the arts play in processes of cultural change. Also, you will specialize in one of the involved art forms: literature, film, theatre, music or multimedia forms.

Program options

Literary and cultural studies (track)

The two-year Master's track in Literary and Cultural Studies is a specialization within the Research Master's degree in Arts and Culture.

Literary and Cultural Studies equips students with knowledge and skills to become researchers and experts on the role that the arts, literature, and media play in society, now and in the past. The program offers a rich multi- and interdisciplinary framework within which students can specialize in one of the following disciplines or combinations of disciplines, under the close supervision of a highly qualified research faculty:

  • arts and culture education,
  • cognitive studies of arts, media, and culture,
  • cultural studies,
  • digital humanities,
  • film studies,
  • history of art, architecture, and landscape,
  • literary studies
  • media and journalism studies,
  • music studies,
  • theatre and performance studies.

To better reflect the breadth of disciplines involved, the track will be called Arts, Media, and Literary Studies from 2018/2019 onwards.

Cultural Leadership (track)

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation and transmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education across generations is, therefore, a key responsibility for a sustainable society. In our modern society, culture has to be negotiated as it is shaped by digitization and new media, ethnic and cultural diversity, changing audiences and economic circumstances, dwindling public funds, and a loss of shared historical awareness. The mission of the Master's track Cultural Leadership is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain, both national and international, enabling them to carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner. The program equips students with essential scholarly expertise and analytical and strategic skills.

The Master's track Cultural Leadership:

  • is innovative: it prepares master students for a cultural field that quickly changes due to technological, pedagogical, political, and societal developments. It offers new methods and tools (e.g., hands-on history, digital curating) to help rethink the cultural field.
  • has a dual character: it combines theoretical and object-oriented courses and a thesis with a six months research traineeship.
  • has a well-defined aim: to equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realistic vision on how we can carry culture into the future.

Master's Honours Programme (honors program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a program worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's program. It is a one-year interdisciplinary program that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Admission requirements

Specific requirements More information
grade list Excellent academic record.
language test Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). ERK level C1.
previous education BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film, and culture)
  • American Studies
  • Art History
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film, and culture)
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • other related fields
reference letter Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.
other admission requirements Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results, and the thesis or paper.

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Program form
EU/EEA 2019-2020 €2083 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2019-2020 €12500 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2020 01 September 2020

Job prospects

As a graduate of this program, you are well prepared for a career in research. Depending on your specialization you can explore the areas of the Arts and Culture, both at universities and other research institutes.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astr ... Read More

The University of Groningen has a rich academic tradition dating back to 1614. From this tradition arose the first female student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Central Bank. Geographically, the University is rooted in the Northern part of the Netherlands, a region very close to its heart. Read less
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