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MA in Arts and Culture Specialisation in Politics and Society Maastricht University




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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.

Multiculturalism, Integration, Neopopulism, Meritocracy are some of the hottest topics around today, and they are all on the table in this programme. The common thread: how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will analyse these topics and new political developments from a broad range of perspectives. After all, this programme does not train you to become a political scientist, historian, philosopher or sociologist, but a generalist who can combine approaches from all these disciplines.

Political controversies in a social context

You will learn to critically diagnose contemporary problems and practices in the area of politics and society. This requires three crucial academic skills, which you will develop during the programme:

  • Historicising: placing ideas, concepts, problems as well as institutions in their historical contexts
  • Comparing: working in a comparative manner, not only by looking back, but also by looking elsewhere
  • Situating: placing things in a practical context, a ‘place’ where knowledge is deployed, used and applied

Programme highlights

The Politics and Society programme is unique in that it has:

  • An interdisciplinary focus on contemporary politics
  • A focus on current and topical debates
  • The possibility to customise your programme during the second semester
  • A truly international environment; on average 8 different nationalities per group of 15 students
  • A variety of course-related skills trainings (e.g. conceptual analysis and discourse analysis)

The opportunity to join a delegation of students who participate in the Graduate Liberal Studies West coast Symposium in June every year. Stanford University, University of Southern California and Reed College are the main partner universities for this symposium.

Your future

The Politics and Society programme does not just focus on one particular profession or on teaching you a single set of specialist skills and knowledge that can be applied directly in only one profession. As a graduate of this programme, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to analyse contemporary debates about culture and politics, and the academic skills to write about and discuss these topics. This will qualify you with many different professions.

You can look for work in:

  • The media
  • Think tanks
  • Non-profit and social entrepreneurship organisations
  • Local councils and national governments
  • Lobbying and political activism
  • Academia

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study MA in Arts and Culture Specialisation in Politics and Society.

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees

€13,800.00 (10,69,312) per year

Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083




Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirement for international students

You are eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. You should have obtained good marks in your prior qualifications, and have relevant work experience.

IELTS exam: minimum overall score of 6.5

TOEFL exam, paper-based: minimum overall score of 575

TOEFL exam, computer-based: minimum overall score of 233

TOEFL exam, internet-based: minimum overall score of 90

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