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Arts & Culture

Are you interested in Art and Culture? Is a career in research something you aspire to? Then this is the Master's degree you are looking for.

In the two-year Research Master's degree in Arts and Culture, you can choose between two tracks.

The track in Arts, Media and Literary Studies offers you an advanced study of the arts. You will focus specifically on the role the arts play in processes of cultural change. Also, you will specialise in one of the involved art forms: literature, film, theatre, music or multimedia forms.

The new track Cultural Leadership aims to educate future leaders in the cultural domain, both national and international, enabling them to carry culture forward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner.

Facts & Figures
Degree
MA in Arts & Culture (research)
Course type
Research master
Duration
24 months (120 ECTS)
Croho code
60829
Language of instruction
English
Start
February, September
Faculty
Arts
Why study this programme in Groningen?

Arts, Media and Literary Studies:

  • Intensive supervision by high-quality researchers in small groups
  • A challenging multidisciplinary approach
  • Research Assistantship

The Master's track Cultural Leadership:

  • prepares master students for a cultural field which quickly changes due to technological, pedagogical, political, and societal developments
  • combines theoretical and object-oriented courses
  • equips students with the knowledge and skills to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realistic vision on how we can carry culture into the future.
Programme
Programme options
Literary and cultural studies (track)

How do literature, film and theatre reflect and influence society, now and in the past? What role do the arts play in processes of cultural change? Find out in this track.

The two-year Master's track in Arts, Media and Literary Studies is a specialization within the two Research Master's degrees in Literary Studies and in Arts and Culture.

The programme in Arts, Media and Literary Studies provides you with an advanced investigation of the arts. You will focus specifically on the role the arts play in processes of cultural change. Also, you will study arts and culture in general and specialize in one of these art forms: literature, film, theatre, music, and multimedia forms.

The track has a multi-disciplinary approach. You will study the arts from perspectives such as history, philosophy and sociology. In addition, the programme is closely related to the multidisciplinary research carried out at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG).

More information about this option

Cultural Leadership (track)

Culture and heritage are the sinews of a society. In an era marked by rapid change and technologies that open up new possibilities, ambitious and critical cultural leaders are required to foster the cultural core of a sustainable society.

More information about this option

Master's Honours Programme (honours program)

The Master's Honours Programme was developed especially for students who want to get more from their studies.

It is a programme worth 15 ECTS that is followed in addition to the standard Master's programme. It is a one-year interdisciplinary programme that is designed to introduce students to various aspects of leadership.

Study abroad

  • Study abroad is optional
Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1. If you have a VWO diploma a language test is not required.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • American Studies
  • Art History
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • other related fields
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Additional requirements English: A VWO diploma or a subject certificate for VWO English (mark 6 or higher), minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 on writing skills), or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items). Language Centre English Test (LCET) level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • a modern European language and culture study (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • American Studies
  • Art History
  • Arts, Culture and Media
  • Classical Studies (with a specialization in literature, film and culture)
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • other related fields
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

written requestNo further information
other admission requirements

Furthermore, the selection procedure is also based on an evaluation of degree certificates, individual results and the thesis or paper.

Application deadlines

Type of studentDeadlineStart course
Dutch students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
non-EU/EEA students15 October 201901 February 2020
01 May 202001 September 2020
15 October 202001 February 2021
Tuition fees
NationalityYearFeeProgramme form
EU/EEA2019-2020€ 2083full-time
non-EU/EEA2019-2020€ 12500full-time

Practical information for:

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of this programme you are well prepared for a career in research. Depending on your specialization you can explore the areas of the Arts and Culture, both at universities, other research institutes and leadership positions in the cultural field.

Research

Participation in Research Colloquia and Activities

Students can participate in activities – guest lectures, research presentations and so on of the research theme groups within the Research Centre for Arts in Society of the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture (ICOG):

Research Assistans Programme

If you are a talented and motivated student who started in September with the research master's track Arts, Media and Literary Studies, you can apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university. Parallel to your courses, you will participate in an (interdisciplinary) project and do research that relates to the theme Sustainable Society.

Read more about the Research Assistants Programme positions.


Research Schools

It is possible for research master students to participate in seminars, courses and summer schools organized by the Dutch national research schools.

- Research School for Media Studies

- Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)

- Research School for Literary Studies (OSL)

- Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK)

- Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG)

These 'schools' are organized for the training of PhD and research MA students. You need to select 10 ECTS (usually 2 x 5 ECTS) from their programme offer. They also organize a variety of research related events and activities, in which you are, in most cases, very welcome as a research master student. These events give you the opportunity to deepen your disciplinary profile and to become acquainted with leading researchers and with peers in your field.

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Holland Scholarship

Are you an international student from a non EU/EEA member state starting a Research Master's programme or Erasmus Mundus Master's programme at the Faculty of Arts? If so, you could qualify for the Holland Scholarship, a partial scholarship which helps you to finance your studies.

Read more on the Holland Scholarship.

Research Assistants Programme

Talented and motivated students who start in September in one of the five Research Master Programmes offered by the Faculty of Arts, may apply for a paid position of one day a week at the university.

Read more about the Research Assistants Programme positions.

Master’s degree programmes in Archaeology, Arts & culture or Literary Studies

The Faculty of Arts also offers one year master’s degree programmes in Archaeology, Arts & Culture and Literary Studies.

Read more

Study associations

IK

Study Association IK is the study association of Arts, Culture & Media at the University of Groningen.
IK organizes both study related and non-study related activities. The Study Association currently exists of a little bit less than 200 members, eight committees and a board with four members.
http://www.studieverenigingik.nl/

Meander

Meander is the study association for students following the History of Art & Architecture programme at the University of Groningen.
Members receive discount on textbooks, an annual Meander almanac and 3-4 editions of LUX magazine per year. They can also go to all the parties, lectures, excursions, symposiums and other activities organized by Meander at discount prices. In addition, Meander regularly organizes trips both in and outside the Netherlands.
https://www.studieverenigingmeander.nl/

Synthesis

Synthesis is the new study association for all Research Master students from the Faculty of Arts. Synthesis is both a social network and a platform for the academic development of young scholars. Given our shared interest in academic research, Synthesis organizes a variety of seminars, lectures and workshops about academic skills or career strategy with interesting speakers from different fields.
Synthesis also aims to create and maintain an active Research Master community by organizing social activities such as drinks, dinners and fun trips. Join our Facebook group for more information.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/468316950175210/
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Study support

Each Master's degree programme has a study advisor whom you can contact if you have questions or need advice about your degree programme and other study-related matters. Everything you discuss will be treated confidentially. If you have a more complex problem, for example study delay, a performance disability or if you are ill for a long time, you should contact a student counsellor.

In addition, you can also follow various courses at the Study Support section of the Student Service Centre (SSC), for example on study stress and holding presentations.