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MA Arts and Culture (research)

Leiden University
Program overview
2 years
Full time
Master's degree
Start dates
September 2019  (English)
September 2020  (English)
September 2021  (English)

Program description

MA student

Study a MA Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University

The Master’s programme in Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University offers a unique two year programme, that integrates art history in media studies, literature and literary theory, since the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework.

Benefits of the MA program

  • Join a program that stands out by its global character, focus on design and applied arts, and integrated study of the visual arts and architecture
  • Benefit from its intense collaboration with the MA in Media Studies and the MA in Literary Studies.
  • Acquire a valuable range of skills and knowledge, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, historical and theoretical
  • Enjoy the research master’s flexible program, encouraging you to adopt a interdisciplinary perspective, while following courses within your ‘home discipline’ as well
  • Focus on arts and culture, media studies or literary studies, or explore a single period (middle ages, early modern resp. modern and contemporary).

The courses address the relations of culture and society guided by the research programme of LUCAS, the Leiden Institute for the Arts in Society. LUCAS focuses on four domains, both in modern culture and through the ages: politics, law and justice, religion and technology.

Admission requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree, or demonstrate to meet the requirements for such a degree, including the General Academic Skills.
  • Affinity with and suitability for academic research, demonstrated by good grades comparable with an average mark of at least 7.5 (Dutch grading system) for the entire bachelor’s program, and a grade for the bachelor’s thesis of an 8 or higher.
  • A bachelor’s degree in Art History or a related discipline, such as Visual Studies, Cultural Studies, Media Studies, Archaeology, Fine Art or Architectural Studies with a sufficient focus on art and architectural historical education.
  • Sufficient command of English (IELTS 7.0, TOEFL 100 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE); for the ‘writing’ and ‘reading’ components a minimum score of IELTS 7.0 or TOEFL 25 is required).


Master of Arts in Arts and Culture (research)

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Founded in 1575, Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands offering a wide variety of programs. Leiden University is a truly international university, uniting people and knowledge from all corners of the world.  The university is comprised of...

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Rapenburg 70
2300 RA Leiden
The Netherlands

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