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What will I learn?

The Arts and Culture research master at Leiden University is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies.

Why study Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University?

The master in Arts and Culture (Research) stands out by its global character, focus on applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture. You will benefit from the programme's intense collaboration with the Media Studies and Literary Studies masters.

A flexible curriculum

You can choose to focus on Arts and Culture, Media Studies or Literary Studies, or explore a single period (Middle Ages/Early Modern or Modern and Contemporary). The programme's flexibility will encourage you to adopt an interdisciplinary perspective. During your studies you will acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical.

Learn from the leading minds in the field

The Arts and Culture (Research) programme's courses address the relations of culture and society guided by the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society’s (LUCAS) research. You will learn from internationally-respected LUCAS researchers as well as eminent scholars and practitioners from our network of academic and cultural institutions.

Arts and Culture degree

Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a research master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master's degree from Leiden University.

What our graduates do

As a graduate of the master's programme in Arts and Culture (Research), you are prepared for a career in a wide variety of fields such as museums, galleries, cultural institutions or (art) libraries and archives. It is also possible to find employment within the publishing and general media sectors, within the art trade, in journalism and public relations. You are also in a strong position to enter a top PhD programme and a research-oriented career.

Recent graduates are working with companies such as Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, Sdu Publishers, Haags Gemeentemuseum, the Repeat Group, Gavelers Auctioneers and Lyppens.

Other examples include:

  • Project officer at an art museum
  • Project coordinator at an advertising agency
  • Coordinator/lecturer in art theory and practice at an art academy
  • Marketing and product manager/assistant at a company producing designer glasses
  • Project officer at a foundation promoting regional artists
  • PhD candidate at Leiden University
  • Gallery assistant for modern art at an art school
  • Auctioneer at an online auction house
  • Curator at a museum
  • Collections manager at a natural history museum

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Non-EEA/non-Swiss/non-Surinam: Full-time & Part-time: €18,800. Part-time for EU/EEA/Surinam applicants: €2,168.
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

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

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