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Studying Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A., Magister Artium) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and nowadays awarded by most universities in Europe as well as world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Magister and Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus. The study duration of a Master of Arts programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered.

According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved. A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. The Master of Arts is typically awarded in fields such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, fine arts but also social sciences and has thus an overlap with the Master of Science.

In order to receive a Master of Arts, the completion of a dissertation based on independent research is usually required besides the completion of courses.

Studying in Netherlands

The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.

304 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Netherlands

M.A. Tourism and Culture

By combining historical, literary, art-historical and other disciplinary approaches, and by integrating academic research with practical challenges, this brand new Master’s specialisation will make you an academic expert in cultural tourism.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. International Business Communication

The Master in International Business Communication from Radboud University combines communication studies, applied linguistics, business communication and intercultural communication. In this way, you’ll learn about factors that play a role to create effective communication strategies for internationally operating companies.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Theology

The Master’s programme in Theology provides meaning to fundamental questions and ideas that feature in science, culture and faith. Students can specialise in History of Church and Theology, Biblical Exegesis, Practical Theology or Systematic Theology, while gaining a broad perspective through shared courses. The third year trains students for a specific career in Theology.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. International Leisure and Tourism Studies

NHL Stenden’s 14 month Master programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies focuses on sustainability and quality of life within the context of the past, present and future. Students will explore established theories relating to leisure and tourism (past), discuss current cases (present) and use scenario planning as a tool for identifying future trends and developments (future).

Master Programmes
M.A. Gender Studies (Research)

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Gender Studies (Research) combines a thorough grounding in the historiography and contemporary state of Gender Studies as a discipline with intensive training in the critical practice of cultural theories and epistemologies from feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and queer perspectives.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Metaphysics and Epistemology (Research)

The Research Master's in Metaphysics and Epistemology focuses on how age-old metaphysical questions about being and truth are affected by recent developments in hermeneutical philosophy. In a unique research environment and in connection with experts in contemporary European philosophy you will gain the advanced skills and knowledge you need for an academic career in fundamental philosophy.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Theology and Religious Studies - Exploring a Discipline

The Theology and Religious Studies - Exploring a Displine programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. This specialization is especially attractive to those who are already professionals in a field of theology or religious studies, for example as ministers or teachers in secondary schools, or students who just want to deepen their expertise in theology or religious studies.

Faculty of Theology
M.A. Heritage Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, is the only faculty in Europe that, departing from a spacial perspective, offers an interdisciplinary programme problematizing the tensions between maintenance, memory and renewal in the transformation of heritage. The Heritage Studies programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. History of Politics and Society

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in History of Politics and Society  provides you with a thorough understanding of the historical roots of the most important political and societal issues that politicians, journalists and policy makers are concerned with today.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Applied Ethics

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Applied Ethics offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas. 

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Philosophy of Mind (Research)

Unique in the Netherlands, the Research Master’s in Philosophy of Mind combines traditional analytical theorising about the mind with insights from phenomenology and the empirical sciences. In a collaborative, international research environment you will gain a complete perspective on the mind, while developing crucial research skills for a career in academic philosophy.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Contemporary Art History

Contemporary Art History at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is a specialization focusing on visual, process-based, and digital art since the 1960s. Far from being restricted to the classical art forms of painting, sculpture, and graphics, today’s art includes installation art and site-specific projects, digital or new media art. 

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy will teach you how to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition. This programme welcomes both Dutch and international students, as well as arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. History

The master’s degree course in history at the VU trains you to become a professional historian. The course is broad-based and also allows you to specialise in a particular area of history. The History programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Master in Management

The MSM Master in Management (MM) program is a one-year full-time master’s program for recent graduates and young professionals with the ambition to manage people and processes with success in any organization, country or context.

Masters Programmes
M.A. Classics

Explore the languages, literatures and cultures of the ancient world. After having obtained your Masters degree in Classics at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam you can opt for several types of employment which are specifically related to your academic training. 

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Comparative Literary Studies

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Comparative Literary Studies is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. International Relations in Historical Perspective

The Master of Arts International Relations in Historical Perspective is offered by the University of Utrecht. During the course you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Archaeology - Landscape and Heritage

The M.A. Archaeology - Landscape and Heritage from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and heritage in many different societies, and has no geographical or chronological limits. The strong tradition of landscape studies at the VU is combined with current perspectives on archaeological heritage. 

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Global Criminology

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Global Criminology equips students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to work with local and global crime issues, crime policies and crime control strategies.

Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
M.A. Arts and Society

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Arts and Society is designed to meet the urgent need for arts professionals who possess rigorous theoretical and research skills coupled with practical abilities and an acute awareness of the current state of the sector at the local and global levels.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Ancient Studies

In order to answer any question about ancient civilizations you need more than one type of evidence. The one year master track Ancient Studies from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam teaches you to combine written sources and archeological material.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Art History of the Low Countries

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Art History of the Low Countries focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will study Netherlandish art and architecture, taking into account their international context. 

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Media Innovation

In this one-year master’s programme you will learn how to look beyond the surface of digital media and distinguish crucial digital processes and how to transform these analytical insights into the building blocks that are needed to construct tomorrow’s media products. For your graduation project, you will conceive an original media innovation which you will actually bring into the market. 

Master Degrees
M.A. History of Church and Theology

The Master’s in History of Church and Theology provides a unique combination of the study of the history of Christianity with Canon Law. Students develop skills for systematic historical research with attention to the knowledge of the culture and values of the era in which they were produced. In an international and stimulating setting, students receive training for their future careers.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Applied Musicology

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Applied Musicology will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within the international musical industry.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Linguistics

The Master’s programme in Linguistics learns you how to become a competent linguist who has an understanding of a wide array of subjects ranging from psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, language description, language testing and linguistic diversity. What’s more, we offer different specialisations like General Linguistics or Language and Communication training.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Archaeology of North Western Europe

The Master’s programme Archaeology of North Western Europe from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam covers the period from the Iron Age until the Early Modern period. Within the program, there are two specialisations: Globalisation and interconnectivity in late prehistoric and Roman Europe and The Medieval and Early Modern world.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Linguistics

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Linguistics will teach you the principles of first language acquisition, and what is special about learning more languages. The programme also satisfies your curiosity to know more about the way language is processed in the brain and how we use it.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Eternal Rome

This Master's (officially called Eternal Rome: Transformations from Antiquity to the Middle Ages) offers an in-depth examination both of the city of Rome and its role as the capital of the Roman Empire, and of the representation of the ‘idea' of Rome throughout the centuries.Eternal Rome presents a unique programme that focuses as much on the transition between ancient and medieval history as on those periods themselves. A group of specialists from the fields of ancient and medieval history teach this specialisation. Their expertise also includes the status of Rome beyond the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and modern times as well.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Ancient History

The Master’s programme in Ancient History, offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, is specially developed for students wanting to dedicate most of their Master's studies to the history of the Mediterranean and West Asian worlds during antiquity.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Systematic Theology

The Master's in Systematic Theology focuses on the meaning of Christianity in today's society. Taking a public theology approach, students learn to engage in a variety of debates in contemporary society. The programme also provides specific career training in a dynamic international environment, and students graduate able to employ their Christian faith to contribute to the welfare of society.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Philosophy of Neurosciences

The M.A. Philosophy of Neurosciences is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. In this programme you will study the conceptual foundations and the broader implications of neuroscientific research from different philosophical perspectives. 

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Intercultural Communication

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Intercultural Communication teaches you how to approach and promote linguistic and cultural diversity in various international contexts.The interdisciplinary and multilingual programme will equip you with the tools to apply theory to international practice.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Philosophical Anthropology (Research)

The Research Master's in Philosophical Anthropology covers the philosophically significant questions related to human beings and examining the different states of the human condition. In a school recognised for its expertise in continental philosophy, and under the guidance of advanced researchers, you will develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for a career in academic philosophy.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Humanities Research - Global History

The Humanities Research - Global History programme offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is aimed at talented students who are exceptionally motivated to develop their skills in the field of historical research. It prepares students for a research career in history, or for other research intensive careers.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Humanities Research - Linguistics

The two-year Research Master in Linguistics offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is specialization of the Humanities research master. It trains you as a professional linguistic researcher, specialised in either Human Language Technology or in Forensic Linguistics. 

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Religious Studies

Utrecht's University Research Master in Religious Studies is a challenging, research-oriented programme that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion, and to make your own contributions to the field.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Language and Communication (Research)

The Research Master’s in Language and Communication (Research) focuses on the connection between language and communication. In the programme subjects like intercultural communication, persuasive communication, language technology and language diversity, will be treated. Also, the programme is quite unique as it also focuses on empirical research and in doing so works closely together with different research environments.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. New Media and Digital Culture

The Master of Arts in New Media and Digital Culture is offered by the Utrecht University. Guided by an international team of experienced scholars, you will assist with current research projects and learn to reflect critically on how present-day cultures are shaped by games, social media, internet activism, apps, data visualisations, mobile devices, algorithms, and participatory platforms.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. History

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in History offers you research-based training in history as an academic discipline. We teach you how to perform research, and we challenge you to develop your own ideas on topics of your choice.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Musicology

Utrecht's University Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Communication and Information Studies

The Master's in Communication and Information Studies has one English-taught specialisation: International Business Communication. You will profit from a combination of communication studies, applied linguistics, international management and intercultural communication designed to cover all factors that play a role in professional communication.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Media, Art and Performance Studies

The Master of Arts in Media, Art and Performance Studies is offered by the Utrecht University. It is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research-based programme which offers an advanced training in academic research skills appropriate for today's highly dynamic and interdisciplinary field of media, visual arts and performance.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Philosophy of Language and Logic (Research)

The Master's in Philosophy of Language and Logic focuses on the essence of language, that is, the ways in which we use language to communicate and cooperate. In a lively and interdisciplinary research environment you can explore language from a social perspective, while gaining crucial research skills in preparation for a future academic career.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Design Cultures

In today’s culture design is a dynamic concept which continues to grow in importance.  As a field of academic study, however, design cultures were long neglected by the Arts and Humanities. This, however, has changed. Since September 2010, the Faculty of Arts of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, offers the accredited and internationally-oriented Master’s programme Design Cultures.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Historical Studies (Research)

Our views of events in the past shape and give meaning to the present. The research Master’s in Historical Studies brings historians together with literary, art and cultural scientists to construct critical histories of both the past and the present. We recognise that historical enquiry has important transformative potential on not just our ideas about the past but also on present day societies. We also recognise that to properly transform our interpretations, we have to look beyond borders and beyond our own discipline. That is why our programme has an international element and a connection to the other humanities. You’ll gain insight into general humanities methods and theories as well as those specific for historical studies.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme combining the study of theory with in-depth case study analysis.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Social and Political Philosophy (Research)

The Research Master's in Social and Political Philosophy examines ‘the political' as an essential but conflict-ridden aspect of the human condition. In an advanced and interdisciplinary research environment, you will explore the fundamental concepts of politics in relation to contemporary issues and develop the skills and knowledge for a career in philosophy research or political practice.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Practical Theology

The Master's in Practical Theology focuses on developing the tools to understand religion as it is lived and experienced today, beyond the traditional shapes of religiosity. Students gain experience in qualitative research methods and a comprehensive understanding of the transformation of religion in contemporary society, all in a lively international environment and with specific career training.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Literary Studies (Research)

Whether you prefer ancient Greek dramas, medieval Dutch poetry, contemporary American literature, or are more interested in general literary theory, this Master’s is suited to students wishing to contribute to textual research. The Master’s in Literary Studies will teach you how to approach historical and contemporary texts from an international perspective, as well as how to examine the current societal significance of literature. By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to discuss literary texts and scholarly approaches with other scholars at the highest academic level.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Literature Today

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Literature Today will teach you to identify and critically evaluate the most recent national and international developments in literature, and to situate these from a historical perspective. 

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Philosophy, Bioethics and Health

The Philosophy, Bioethics and Health programme is offered by the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. It will provide you with the theoretical and practical tools to deal with ethical issues in health care. You will learn how to reflect on practical problems from a medical, moral, legal, political and economic perspective. 

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. General Linguistics

The General Linguistics Master’s at Radboud University offers a wide range of advanced topics in fields as diverse as psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language learning, language description, language testing and linguistic diversity. All our courses offer a nice mix of theoretical and practical knowledge: courses situate insights from linguistic and language acquisition theory within the context of everyday communication and contemporary language use.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Gender Studies

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Gender Studies provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of these tools, as well as advanced analytical skills. You will be trained within an internationally diverse cohort of students and academic staff to become a professionally successful 'agent of change'.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. History of Philosophy (Research)

The Research Master's in History of Philosophy focuses on exploring specific issues in the history of philosophy and science from Antiquity to the contemporary period. In a stimulating research environment, students gain an advanced look into this unique research field, as well as gaining valuable research skills for a career in academic philosophy.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Performing Public Space

The brand new international Master program: Performing Public Space from Fontys University of Applied Sciences is designed for international creatives from a variety of art disciplines, who currently focus on public space as their artistic environment. This distance-learning program is breaking new ground in investigating public space as a backdrop for artistic expression and intervention.

M.A. International Hospitality and Service Management

The programme in International Hospitality and Service Management from NHL Stenden University introduces you to key theories such as service, hospitality, customer satisfaction and service concepts. The course also covers diverse areas such as sustainability and globalisation. Students also work in multicultural teams due to the international learning environment.

Master Programmes
M.A. Philosophy

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented programme that prepares you to participate in the current debates in the international philosophical community and to develop your own research contributions to the field.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Tourism Destination Management

In this one-year, professional master’s programme you will learn to match the supply of international tourism destinations with the demand of tourists in a responsible manner. The guiding principle in this process is making a positive contribution to the development of and opportunities for people and businesses in the destination areas.

Master Degrees
M.A. Literatures and Cultures of North America in an International Perspective

The Master's specialisation offers courses on the contemporary North American novel, manifestations of the American avant-garde, and/or the literary and cultural production of American ethnic groups such as African Americans, Native Americans and Latino/as. Particular emphasis lies on the societal and socio-political context in which literary and cultural communications acquire meaning.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Globalisation and Development Studies

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? If so, the MA in Globalisation and Development Studies from Maastricht University may be the right programme for you.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. European Studies

How can we understand the EU’s response to the financial crisis or to the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia? How do we account for the EU’s reaction to the refugee crisis provoked by conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa? What is Europe’s peacekeeping role and capacity? The Master in European Studies from Maastricht University trains you to answer these complex questions.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. Politics and Society

In the master's programme in Politics and Society from Maastricht University, 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.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. European Public Affairs

The master's programme in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. Media Studies Digital Cultures

Are you fascinated by digital media, especially social media? Would you like to investigate the new media landscape and understand its effects on society? Do you have your sights set on a career in the media world, with an emphasis on digital media and contemporary media practices? If so, the Master in Media Studies: Digital Cultures from Maastricht University may be the right choice for you.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. European Studies on Society, Science and Technology

Are you a socially conscious, critical thinker? Are you interested in politics and technology? And does the connection between innovation and society intrigue you? Then the master’s European Studies on Society, Sciences and Technology from Maastricht University might be what you are looking for.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science