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What will I learn?

WHAT DOES THIS RESEARCH MASTER ENTAIL?

Immerse yourself in the art and architecture of the Low Countries

Our two-year Research Master's programme focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will study Netherlandish art and architecture, taking into account their international context. We invite you to critically reflect on the production of art and architecture, and the role of patronage; investigate the reasons why so many artist went abroad, and how they became agents in the international diffusion of art theory, style, and repertoire.

You will also have the opportunity to study other specific subjects that align with your own personal interests. Our close ties with major art museums and other cultural organisations both in the Netherlands and abroad mean that the academic and practical work is closely linked.

International experiences

Dutch students will spend a semester in a major art museum abroad while students from other countries intern at a major Dutch or Flemish art museum. You may also wish to study at another university for one semester. To date, our students have undertaken placements at approximately twenty institutions in eight different countries. Whatever your choice, your internship or study abroad semester will be tailored to your own individual interests.

AFTER GRADUATION

The Research Master's programme in Art History of the Low Countries will prepare you for further research by specialising in the art and architecture of the Low Countries. Many graduates have gone on to undertake PhD programmes in the Netherlands or abroad.

Graduates can also apply for curatorial positions requiring specialist skills in art history at museums and research institutes. A number of our graduates are currently employed in print rooms in Brussels and Bruges and the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
€17,078.00 (13,79,483) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Utrecht University

Heidelberglaan 8,

Utrecht Science Park / De Uithof,

Utrecht,

3584, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Religious Studies if you can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills: A relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in the humanities or in one of the social sciences; Proven interest in Religious Studies, as evidenced in a minimum of 30 EC in a relevant field at the Bachelor’s level; Knowledge of basic concepts in Religious Studies and insight into relevant methods; A high standard of academic achievement, as evidenced in an overall grade point average and a Bachelor’s thesis grade equaling “good” or better in the applicable national system. (Typically, Dutch grade 7.5; US grade B; ECTS grade C.) English language requirements: ELTS, Academic Module. Minimum score: 6.5 overall band, at least 6 for writing. TOEFL, iBT. Minimum score: 93 with at least 24 reading, 22 listening, 20 speaking, 17 writing (internet-based test), institutional scores are not accepted. Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade. Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

For international students

You will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Art History of the Low Countries if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:

  • You are able to interpret and apply complex theories in the field of art history, as demonstrated by a relevant research paper or Bachelor’s thesis.
  • You are able to design, perform, analyse, and report on scholarly research in art history particularly that of the Low Countries, as demonstrated by a relevant research paper or Bachelor’s thesis.
  • You have a strong motivation to do independent research, which is discussed convincingly in your motivation letter.
  • You are able to express yourself in proficient English, both orally and in written form, as demonstrated by an interview and a writing sample (which can be one of the papers mentioned above).

Other English language requirements: Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, at least a B grade; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, at least a C grade.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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