Would you like to contribute to setting the agenda on how to carry culture into the future and to safeguard our cultural legacy for future generations? Then the Cultural Leadership Research Master's track may be for you.

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation and transmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education in the public realm as well as across generations is, therefore, a key responsibility for a sustainable society. Nowadays culture has to be negotiated in a society shaped by digitisation 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 this new Master's track is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain, both national and international, to equip them with essential scholarly expertise and analytical and strategic skills, thereby enabling them to carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner.

The Master's track

  • is innovative: it prepares master students for a cultural field which 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 and restructure the cultural field;
  • has a dual character: it combines theoretical and object-oriented course modules and a thesis with a six months research trainee-ship with cultural institutions;
  • has a well-defined aim: this Master's track equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realistic vision on how culture can be carried forward into the future.

1st year

In the first semester, students choose two disciplinary electives (depending on their BA-degree) and follow the Introduction to Cultural Leadership I and II courses.

The second semester is a joint semester together with students from Roma Tre University. The first block (approximately January-March) is taught in Groningen, the second block (approximately April-June) in Rome, and includes a ten-day Spring School at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR).

2nd year

In their second year, students do a research trainee-ship and write their thesis.

In the third semester students design their thesis research and start their six-month research trainee-ship with a cultural institution (in the Netherlands or abroad). In January they will participate in a ten-day Winter School in Groningen related to their thesis research carried out at their host institution.

In the fourth semester, they finish their trainee-ship and write their thesis.

Admission requirements

assessment interview

A personal (video) interview is part of the selection process.

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:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Arts and Culture Studies
  • or any study related to the aforementioned programmes
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

other admission requirements

NB. We strongly advise you to start the programme in September.

Tuition fees

Nationality Year Fee Programme form
EU/EEA 2017-2018 € 2006 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2017-2018 € 11400 full-time
EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 2060 full-time
non-EU/EEA 2018-2019 € 11500 full-time

Application deadlines

Type of student Deadline Start course
EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018
non-EU/EEA students 01 May 2018 01 September 2018
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