Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Introduction

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS) is one of the six faculties at Maastricht University. It was founded in 1994. There are approximately 240 employees and around 1800 students. The format of the education is, like at all the faculties of Maastricht University, based on the principle of Problem-Based Learning (PBL). The faculty is internationally oriented and most of the programmes are offered in English. Its students come from all over the world. The faculty is located in the centre of Maastricht, in two renovated buildings on the Grote Gracht: the ‘Hof van Tilly’ and the ‘Soirongebouw’.

Academic programmes

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers two three-year bachelors programmes: Cultuurwetenschappen/Arts and Culture; and European Studies, andeight one-year masters programmes: Kunst, literatuur en samenleving/Art, Literature and Society; European Studies; Globalisation and Development Studies;European Public Affairs; European Studies on Society, Science and Technology; Kunst, cultuur en erfgoed/Arts and Heritage; Politiek en samenleving/ Politics and Society and Media Culture. Furthermore, two two-year research masters are offered: Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology; and European Studies.

The faculty has a Graduate School with an intake of about 10 PhD student each year.

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Culture encompasses all research of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. The Research Institute comprises three programmes: 1. Politics and Culture in Europe, 2. Science, Technology and Society, and 3. Cultural Memory and Diversity. The research area overlaps both the humanities and the social sciences.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

MA

MA European Public Affairs

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

The master's programme in European Public Affairs was established in 1999, and is designed to meet the growing need for professionals who have a solid understanding of the multifaceted dimensions of policy-making in Europe. [+]

Would you like to understand the European dimensions of governance? Do you hope to be a policymaker, tackling transnational problems and implementing transnational solutions? Or would you like to find new ways as a public affairs professional or lobbyist to get your issues on the agenda and influence policymakers? If you have the interest and the motivation, we can offer you the knowledge and the skills to succeed. 

The master's programme in European Public Affairs provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making. You will learn to think in European terms and will gain practical experience working in international teams to solve European policy problems from a multidisciplinary perspective. This will prepare you for an excellent career in European public affairs and public service.... [-]


MA European Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

The Master of Arts in European Studies focuses on the international dimensions of policy, governance and administration. The programme looks beyond the institutions of the European Union and the mechanics of European integration to examine global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context. [+]

How can we understand the EU’s response to the financial crisis or to the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia? How do we account for the EU’s reaction to the refugee crisis provoked by conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa? What is Europe’s peacekeeping role and capacity? The master's programme in European Studies trains you to answer these complex questions. Because you cannot study Europe from just one angle, the programme examines global developments and multi-level governance in a broader context, combining political science, history, international relations, economics and cultural studies. This student-centred, interdisciplinary programme is among the largest, and certainly the most international, in Europe and has an excellent reputation. You will study the internal and external dimensions of European policy, governance and administration. The focus is on the underlying issues of power and influence, governance and culture within the European milieu and between Europe and the wider world.... [-]


MA European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

European Studies on Society, Science and Technology will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and managing the complex issues of modern innovation. The programme approaches these problems from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, such as political studies, cultural studies, innovation studies and social studies. [+]

Are you a socially conscious, critical thinker? Are you interested in politics and technology? And does the connection between innovation and society intrigue you? Then the master’s European Studies on Society, Sciences and Technology (ESST) might be what you are looking for. As an ESST student, you will investigate the relationship between science, technology, and society, from a cultural, political, economic, and historical point of view.

This programme is offered together with 15 partner universities across Europe. You will spend your first semester taking courses at Maastricht University. During the second semester, you will select a specialisation and write your thesis either at Maastricht University or at one of the programme’s partner universities abroad.... [-]


MA Art, Literature and Society

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

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. [+]

What critical role do artists, philosophers, writers and poets play in today’s society?  What is the point of art in public spaces? What can your role as a future student of culture mean to society? If you are passionate about such issues, the master’s programme in Art, Literature and Society could be the programme for you. The programme is aimed at critical and creative thinkers who have a large array of interests. As a graduate of this programme, you will have broad insights into modern day questions of national and international importance. You will also have experience conducting incisive debates and will be able to contribute to contemporary discussions surrounding art and literature.... [-]


MA Arts and Heritage

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

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. [+]

What is the societal and academic significance of 'art', 'heritage' and 'culture'? Why do we value certain works of art, heritage or cultural practices and not others? How do different ways of interpreting and presenting the arts and cultural heritage affect our ideas about the past, present and future? If you are interested in finding the answers to questions like these, and you have a passion for art and cultural heritage, the master’s programme Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education might be the right choice for you.

In this programme, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, you will develop the academic and professional knowledge and skills you will need to become a policy maker, art manager, museum curator or educator. This internationally-oriented programme approaches art and cultural heritage from different perspectives. You will also have plenty of opportunities to concentrate on your specific areas of interest.... [-]


MA Globalisation and Development Studies

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

The master's programme in Globalisation and Development Studies focuses on how globalisation dynamics affect developing areas. You will gain a sound understanding of the theory, issues and research methods pertaining to globalisation and development. This will prepare you to work for universities, NGOs or governmental organisations. [+]

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? Do you have the ambition to develop your academic research skills and to use academic insights to make a positive impact in the world? If so, this may be the right programme for you. The master’s in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how the dynamics of globalisation affect developing areas. You will develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential for either an academic or professional career in globalisation and development.... [-]


MA Media Studies: Digital Cultures

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

The master's programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures focuses on digital media and electronic technologies, and takes a close look at the effects they have on our current media landscape. You will investigate the ongoing transformations in media culture and develop the skills to participate in these innovations. [+]

Are you fascinated by digital media, especially social media? Would you like to investigate the new media landscape and understand its effects on society? Do you have your sights set on a career in the media world, with an emphasis on digital media and contemporary media practices? If so, Media Studies: Digital Cultures may be the right choice for you. The programme combines theoretical reflection, research on user practices and basic media skills training. Using an interdisciplinary approach, media studies is integrated with political philosophy, philosophical aesthetics, history and sociology of technology. This ensures that you develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential to understanding and adapting to the ever-changing media world, whether you are working in a cultural organisation, a broadcasting company, a commercial business or a governmental organisation. ... [-]


MA Politics and Society

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

As a master's student in Politics and Society, you will gain insights into contemporary politics and will get a better understanding of the professional role that you can play, not only in politics but also in the government, media, education, and research. You will analyse debates and new developments in politics from a wide range of perspectives. You will not become a political scientist, historian, philosopher or sociologist, but a cultural scientist who combines approaches from all of these disciplines. [+]

What is the meaning of citizenship in modern culture? What is the value of democracy? What does today's sociopolitical atmosphere mean for the future of liberty itself? Given the current international backdrop of cultural conflicts, political strife and radical new technologies, a thorough understanding of such issues is more urgently needed than ever. In the master's programme in Politics and Society, you will gain insight into how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will also explore the different professional roles a student of politics and society can play in political organisations, in the media or in think tanks.... [-]


MSc

MSc in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

The research master in Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology is a programme that focuses on the roles of science, technology and the arts in modern culture. In two years, you will develop the analytical and methodological skills to pursue a career in research at a university or a knowledge institute such as a museum or advisory board. [+]

Are you inquisitive, curious and open-minded? Are you interested in how science, arts and technology contribute to modern culture?  And would you like to pursue an academic career in this challenging field? Then you should consider getting a research master’s in Cultures of Art, Science and Technology (CAST). This one-of-a-kind programme examines the different ways in which the seemingly separate and contrasting fields converge: the sciences are object of cultural critique in the arts, the arts continuously incorporate new technologies and both the sciences and the arts ‘imagine’ our culture’s future. The programme combines the study of relevant theories from history, sociology, philosophy and qualitative social sciences with training in the application of different scientific methods such as archival research, discourse analysis and ethnographic observation. This ensures that you will gain all the experience you need to find work as an interdisciplinary researcher at a university or knowledge institute.... [-]


MSc in European Studies

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 Netherlands Maastricht

This two-year interdisciplinary master in European Studies offers tailor-made training for a career that requires strong research competences, for example in academia or in a think tank, in politics or journalism. Choose your own study and research specialisation (Europe and the World, Governance and Representation in Europe or Historicising European Union) and graduation package (Double Degree with Cologne University, study abroad or a research internship). [+]

Do you want to broaden your knowledge of European politics and policies in a programme that combines the study of political science with international relations, history and sociology? Are you ambitious, with a keen motivation to pursue a career that requires strong research competences, such as in a think tank or in academia, or jobs in politics and journalism? And are you interested in being part of a small, close-knit community of students and researchers? If so, the two-year interdisciplinary European Studies programme is the right choice for you.

Choose a study specialisation (year 1): Europe and the World / Governance and Representation in Europe / Historicising European Union. Choose a graduation package (year 2): Double Degree / Study Abroad / Research Internship. ... [-]

Contact

Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

Address Maastricht University Grote Gracht 90-92
6211 SZ Maastricht, Netherlands
Website http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/fasos