MA in Arts and Culture - Specialization in Tourism and Culture




What will I learn?

Tourism has developed into one of the prime industries in the global economy. According to the World Travel & Tourist Council, the tourism sector supports 1 in 10 jobs on the planet. By combining historical, literary, art-historical and other humanities approaches, and by integrating academic research with practical challenges, the MA Tourism and Culture will train you as an academic expert and an innovative professional in the field of cultural tourism.

Master's programme in Tourism and Culture: something for you?

The only Master’s in Cultural Tourism Studies in The Netherlands.
International field work at renowned academic institutes.
Integration of academic research and practical on-the-job training through research projects, policy papers and workshops with public and commercial partners.
Well-established contacts with leading players in the field of cultural tourism.

What will you learn?

Municipalities, heritage centers, publishers and travel organisations are increasingly looking for academically trained professionals who can creatively and critically reflect on tourism as a cultural phenomenon and who can provide tourists with enticing ideas and well-informed stories.

This master’s specialisation will train you to analyse and critically reflect on contemporary trends in tourism and heritage management, focusing on the challenges and opportunities of (for instance) dark tourism, film-induced tourism and sustainable tourism. Enriched with a long term historical perspective and developing projects with and for public and commercial partners, you will not only acquire the academic knowledge and practical skills to work in the field, but also to change the field.

Career prospects

Master’s specialisation in Tourism and Culture

As an academic expert in cultural tourism, you will be able to offer a creative, critical and well-informed contribution to the tourism industry and the cultural sector.

Depending on your own initiative and talents, this Master’s specialisation will help you to become (for example):

a policy maker at a municipality
a project leader at a heritage site
a publicist for a lifestyle magazine or travel appendix of a newspaper
a communication or education officer at a heritage site
an entrepreneur developing new formats and tours

The combination of solid academic training and hands-on work experience in the field, also offers an outstanding preparation for journalistic, research and policy functions in other fields than the tourism industry.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
€16,500.00 (14,57,984) per year
Start date

Expected September 2023


Radboud University

Houtlaan 4,



6525 XZ, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A completed Bachelor's degree. A proficiency in English: In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following: TOEFL score of 575 (paper based) or 90 (internet based); IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher.

For international students

Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed Bachelor's degree with Bachelor thesis in Archaeology, Art History, History, Literary Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, English, Dutch, French, German, Spanish, Philosophy, Liberal Arts or a related discipline. Your degree has to be equivalent to a Dutch research university diploma.

Proficiency in English

In order to take part in this programme, you need to have fluency in both written and spoken English. Non-native speakers of English* without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

  • A TOEFL score of ≥90 (internet based), and all subscores ≥22
  • An IELTS score of ≥6.5, subscores ≥ 6.0, writing subscore ≥ 6.5
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) or Cambridge C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a mark of C or higher
  • Bachelor’s Degree from a Research University in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New-Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America

Application Deadline: Non-EU/EEA students - 1 April; EU/EEA students - 1 May (recommended deadline for assistance with finding housing) and 1 July (final application deadline).


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