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What will I learn?

In this programme, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, you'll 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.

The master’s programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education examine the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of both past and present culture. You will develop insights into these key concepts and how their meaning has changed throughout history. You will evaluate and debate issues related to appreciation, interpretation, use, management and policy. The programme will also teach you academic skills and professional skills in the practical organisation and development of artistic projects in the context of cultural management.

The master's programme Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education are a selective admissions programme that admits a maximum of 50 students per year. You will study the time-, place- and group-dependent definitions of art, culture and cultural heritage, and you will learn how these differences translate into different cultural practices. You will also gain a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of cultural policy, conservation, management, marketing, interpretation, presentation and education in arts and heritage.

During the programme, you will gain insights into different scientific approaches to these cultural practices and you’ll be familiarised with the most important theories, concepts and research methods from art history, history, museology, cultural sociology and the economics of arts and culture.

Programme highlights

The master's programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education are unique because it:

  • Establishes effective links between theory and practice
  • Allows you to customise your own programme
  • Is truly international: 38 students in the 2015/16 programme come from 20 different countries
  • Is one of the top 15 Arts and Cultural Management programmes in the world?
  • Has academic staff who are very engaged and students highly value the quality of teaching

Employers in the arts and heritage sector often look for a combination of a general arts and culture background with a specialisation in cultural policy, management or education. As a graduate of Arts and Heritage, this will be you.

As a graduate of this programme, you will also possess professional, analytical and other academic skills that employers are looking for. As well as this you will know how to answer questions regarding the policy, appreciation, interpretation, use, conservation, education and management of art in a meaningful way.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€13,800.00 (11,27,451) per year
Statutory fee for this programme is € 2,083
Start date

Expected September 2022


Maastricht University

Minderbroedersberg 4-6,



6211, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field, for example, philosophy or sociology. English language requirements: IELTS (6.5); TOEFL Paper-based test (575); TOEFL Internet test (90); TOEIC listening and reading (720) and speaking and writing (310); Cambridge [Advanced (CAE) Grade C (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade A (scale 180-184), First Certificate in English (FCE) Grade B (scale 176-179)].

For international students

You are eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field. Preferably history, history of art, archaeology or cultural studies. You should also have relevant working experience.

Excellent students with a relevant University of Applied Sciences degree (e.g. HBO/ Hochschule),
or an academic BA or BSc Bachelor in a field that does not grant direct admission into this programme, can follow a Pre-master year. Once successfully completed, this will then guarantee you access to the master’s programme Arts and Heritage.

The required scores are:

  • IELTS test: minimum score overall 6.5 and writing minimum score 6.5
  • TOEFL test: overall, internet-based minimum score 90 and writing minimum score 25
  • TOEFL test: overall, paper-based minimum score 575
  • TOEFL test: overall, computer-based minimum score 232
  • A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).

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