Master of Arts in Culture & Organisation


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Program Description

This cut­ting-edge Master's pro­gram­me is de­di­ca­ted to the re­la­ti­onship bet­ween cul­tu­re, the arts and or­ga­nisa­t­i­on. The pro­gram­me in­tro­du­ces cul­tu­ral and so­cio­lo­gi­cal theo­ries as cri­ti­cal len­ses for stu­dy­ing con­tem­pora­ry or­ga­nisa­t­i­on and or­ga­ni­sing. On this ba­sis, you learn to en­ga­ge with or­ga­nisa­t­io­nal and en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al prac­tices in dif­fe­rent sec­tors, sys­tems, fiel­ds and in­dus­tries of arts and cul­tu­re.

The Cul­tu­re and Or­ga­nisa­t­i­on Master's programme is situated at the in­ter­sec­tion of the or­ga­nisa­t­i­on of cul­tu­re and the arts and what is cal­led the ‘cul­tu­ra­lisa­t­i­on’ of or­ga­nisa­t­i­ons. With mo­du­les de­di­ca­ted to cul­tu­ral and ar­tis­tic fiel­ds, in­sti­tu­ti­ons and di­gi­tal net­works, the programme studies cul­tu­re as an em­pi­ri­cal set­ting. The pre­sent and fu­ture prac­tices of work and or­ga­nisa­t­i­on are in­ves­ti­ga­ted in their ur­ban, in­sti­tu­tio­nal and net­wor­ked con­texts. Cul­tu­re and the arts, and cul­tu­ral theo­ry, are the­re­fo­re stu­di­ed as cri­ti­cal agents for un­der­stan­ding and shaping our so­cie­ty.


The cour­ses in­tro­du­ce stu­dents to cul­tu­ral so­cio­lo­gy, the so­cio­lo­gy of arts and cul­tu­re, the stu­dy of di­gi­tal cul­tu­res and new forms of or­ga­ni­sing and of ma­nage­ment and cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship. This is done by taking an in­ter­na­tio­nal approach and en­ga­ging with re­se­arch from va­rious pla­ces and set­tings. Although the programme overall is taught in Eng­lish, some elec­tives are of­fe­red in Ger­man.

The Master's pro­gram­me ap­proa­ches cul­tu­re in two ways – as an em­pi­ri­cal set­ting and as a cri­ti­cal and con­cep­tu­al lens. You learn to stu­dy and un­der­stand dif­fe­rent in­sti­tu­ti­ons and or­ga­ni­sa­ti­ons in cul­tu­ral and ar­tis­tic sec­tors (from ur­ban mo­ve­ments to the crea­ti­ve in­dus­tries and net­work cul­tu­re). You learn to in­ves­ti­ga­te the dif­fe­rent or­ga­nisa­t­io­nal mo­des, en­tre­pre­neu­ri­al and so­ci­al prac­tices and tech­no­lo­gies and dis­cour­ses that shape the­se in­sti­tu­ti­ons and or­ga­nisa­t­i­ons. Em­ploy­ing a broad un­der­stan­ding of cul­tu­re as a lens, the Master's programme also mo­bi­li­ses cul­tu­ral and so­ci­al theo­ries in or­der to cri­ti­cal­ly re­flect on how or­ga­nisa­t­io­nal prac­tices and dis­cour­ses are shaped by cul­tu­ral and tech­no­lo­gi­cal trans­for­ma­ti­ons.

This com­pre­hen­si­ve ap­proach to cul­tu­re and or­ga­nisa­t­i­on is ba­sed on long­stan­ding re­se­arch tra­di­ti­ons and cur­rent re­se­arch pro­jects at Leu­pha­na Uni­ver­si­ty. The­se in­clu­de the so­cio­lo­gy of ar­tis­tic or­ga­nisa­t­i­on and of cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship, and in­ter­di­sci­pli­na­ry re­se­arch into crea­ti­ve in­dus­tries and di­gi­tal cultures. The pro­gram­me is run by the Fa­cul­ty of Hu­ma­nities and So­ci­al Sci­en­ces in close cooperation with the Fa­cul­ty of Busi­ness and Eco­no­mics. Through dif­fe­rent for­mats of in­no­va­ti­ve stu­dent en­ga­ge­ment, the pro­gram­me combines fiel­d­work-centred edu­ca­ti­on with re­se­arch-ba­sed teaching.


There are four components to the Cul­tu­re and Or­ga­nisa­t­i­on pro­gram­me. In the core area of stu­dy, you explore key to­pics in the field of or­ga­niza­t­i­ons and or­ga­ni­zing cul­tu­re and the arts, cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship, di­gi­tal me­dia and cul­tu­ral so­cio­lo­gy.

There are also three com­ple­men­ta­ry com­po­n­ents: elec­ti­ves, in­te­gra­ti­on modules and Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies. The elec­tives al­low you to both fo­cus and broa­den your stu­dy of cul­tu­re and or­ga­nisa­t­i­on, e.g. with mo­du­les on or­ga­nisa­t­i­on theo­ry, di­gi­tal cul­tu­res or cri­ti­cal stu­dies. It is also pos­si­ble to choo­se en­tre­pre­neurship or busi­ness stu­dies mo­du­les as electives. The in­te­gra­ti­on modules for cul­tu­ral stu­dies bring to­ge­ther stu­dents from all Master's pro­gram­mes at the Fa­cul­ty of Hu­ma­nities and So­ci­al Sci­en­ces and familiarise them with the his­to­ry and me­thods of and cur­rent de­ba­tes in cul­tu­ral stu­dies. Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies enable you to take clas­ses bey­ond your im­me­dia­te field of stu­dy in or­der to broa­den your un­der­stan­ding of key con­tem­pora­ry chal­len­ges for cul­tu­re and so­cie­ty. These four components together prepare you for wri­ting your re­se­arch-ba­sed Master's dis­ser­ta­ti­on and participating in the Master's Fo­rum, the accompanying col­lo­qui­um at which you pre­sent and dis­cuss their dis­ser­ta­ti­on pro­jects.

Master's Dissertation

Du­ring the fourth se­mes­ter of their Masters pro­gram­me, you em­bark on their dis­ser­ta­ti­on. Dis­ser­ta­ti­ons link ad­van­ced theo­ries to an in-depth en­ga­ge­ment with core em­pi­ri­cal pheno­me­na of cul­tu­re and or­ga­nisa­t­i­on. A collec­tive pro­cess or­ga­ni­zed around dissertation-wri­ting me­ans you will sha­re your ex­pe­ri­en­ces and re­cei­ve re­gu­lar sup­port from peers and teaching staff: the dissertation is not simply an individual challenge. The de­di­ca­ted Master's Fo­rum brings all stu­dents to­ge­ther with teaching staff and is a space in which you can pre­sent yourr work in pro­gress, learn about me­thods, and re­cei­ve peer-to-peer feed­back.

Career Prospects

The Master's pro­gram­me gives you an un­der­stan­ding of the way in which or­ga­nisa­t­i­on fun­da­men­tal­ly con­di­ti­ons cul­tu­re and so­cie­ty, and it teaches me­tho­do­lo­gi­cal and analytical skills for re­se­arch into the discourses, practices and technologies of organisation. The programme provides practice-based knowledge of, and competencies for, organising culture and teaches you trans­fe­ra­ble skills in com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on and teamwork. All of the­se ca­pa­bi­li­ties and skills are in high de­mand in a wide range of oc­cupa­ti­ons.

The pro­gram­me is sui­ta­ble both for stu­dents seeking to pur­sue an aca­de­mic ca­re­er and for tho­se who would like to take on responsible roles in the cul­tu­ral and crea­ti­ve in­dus­try, in the arts, in the me­dia, in the pu­blic sec­tor, in ur­ban de­ve­lop­ment or in foundations and charitable organizations.

Qua­li­fied stu­dents with a par­ti­cu­lar­ in­te­rest in re­se­arch have the option of si­mul­ta­neous­ly re­gis­tering for the Doc­to­ral Track. Com­bi­ning the Mas­ters and doc­to­ral pha­ses of­fers you a unique op­por­tu­ni­ty to join the scho­lar­ly com­mu­ni­ty at very ear­ly sta­ge.

At a Glance

  • Degree awarded: Mas­ter of Arts, MA
  • Application period: April 1 - June 1
  • Type of programme: The­ma­tic re­le­van­ce
  • Study places: 25
  • Start date: Every win­ter term, Oc­to­ber
  • Extent: 120 ECTS
  • Duration: 4 se­mes­ters
  • Language: Eng­lish, some electives in German
  • Location: Lüne­burg
  • Contribution per semester: 360 EUR *

*sub­ject to chan­ge

Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded furthe ... Read More

Leuphana University established Germany’s first public college. Its Graduate School merges the academic demands of masters and doctorates, and its own Professional School offers highly regarded further education programmes. Read less