Study Area & Cultural Studies in Netherlands

Study Area & Cultural Studies in Netherlands

Studying Area & Cultural Studies

Area and cultural studies is an interdisciplinary study that analyses all aspect of a certain culture, as well as its interaction with other cultures. Cultural studies usually cover the Asian, African, American or Latin regions, from a historical, political, sociological and artistic point of view. Graduates of cultural studies degrees may find career opportunities in marketing or education.

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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.

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65 Area & Cultural Studies Master's degrees in Netherlands

, M.A. Literatures in English

The Master’s in Literary Studies, programme Literatures in English at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on the interaction between English literature and visual culture. Building on the rich VU tradition of studying the relations between word and image, you will research questions such as: What are the different characteristics of words and images as semiotic signs? What different meaning-effects occur when you tell the same story in a novel versus a film?

Faculty of Humanities
, M.Sc. Culture, Organization and Management

Organizations are hubs in society: they support social structures and mediate and channel social and cultural change. The innovative Culture, Organization and Management programme at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam teaches students how, in this age of globalization and fast cultural dynamics, organizations can suffer serious economic and social consequences as a result of inherent cultural bias, continuous change programs, and underestimation of the cultural dimension.

Faculty of Social Sciences
, M.Sc. Social and Cultural Science

In the Research Master’s programme in Social and Cultural Science you’ll learn how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of the historical, social political and cultural processes that shape societies. We look into the degree of inequality, cohesion and modernisation in both Western and non-Western societies. Also, you’ll learn more about subjects like radicalisation, development studies or anthropology and mobility.

Faculty of Social Science
, M.A. Cultural History of Modern Europe

In the Master’s programme in Cultural History of Modern Europe, you will study Europe’s position in the world from a cultural-historical perspective, with an emphasis on modern history. Utrecht University's programme offers you profound insight into the history of ideas and practices that form the identities of individuals, groups, and societies, including heritage and public history in international frameworks.

Graduate School of Humanities
, M.A. Ancient Studies

Hardly a single question on ancient society or culture can be solved if one limits the evidence to either written sources or archaeological material. Therefore the Master’s in Ancient Studies from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is designed as a multi-disciplinary programme.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Arts and Society

The Master’s in Arts and Society programme from Utrecht University 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. Landscape and Heritage

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam has a leading international position in the field of Landscape and Heritage, in research and in teaching. The MA Archaeology of Landscape and Heritage deals thematically with archaeological landscapes and heritage in many different societies, and has no geographical or chronological limits.

Faculty of Humanities
, Master Heritage Studies

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, faculty of Humanities, is the only faculty in Europe that, departing from a spatial perspective, offers an interdisciplinary programme problematizing the tensions between maintenance, memory and renewal in the transformation of heritage. The interdisciplinary approach leads to new insights in the opportunities to give heritage a position in spatial planning processes that will determine the future appearance of European cities and regions.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Historical, Literary & Cultural Studies

Whether you are interested in the ancient world, political history or religious history; the Research Master’s programme in Historical, Literary and Cultural Studies offers something for each and everyone. There are three Master’s specialisations: Historical Studies, Literary Studies or Art and Visual Culture. Each programme has their own focus. Historical Studies focuses mainly on the visual and material culture from the Antiquity. Literary studies focuses on classical and modern languages like German, Spanish, French and English. Art and Visual culture focuses on visual and material culture from Antiquity to the present.

Faculty of Arts
, M.A. African Studies

This one-year interdisciplinary master offers you the opportunity to take an in-depth look at the African continent from a variety of perspectives.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Asian Studies (1 Year)

In this programme, offered by renowned Asia scholars, you will obtain in-depth knowledge of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing region.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

What is the role of religion in modern society? How does globalisation affect local religious traditions? Why does religion appear to inspire both violence and peace? The Religion, Conflict and Globalisation programme is offered at the University of Groningen.

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
, M.A. East Asian Studies

East Asia is booming. Or is it? How have some East Asian countries achieved such economic growth and global prominence in so little time? What are the global implications of the rise of East Asia? The East Asian Studies programme is offered at the University of Groningen.

Faculty of Arts
, M.A. Management of Cultural Diversity

The aim of our programme is, first, to equip students with the necessary expertise, tools and skills to analyze cases of cultural diversity in organizations and societal fields like education, health care, labour market and arts and culture. Second, based on such an analysis they will be able to design management interventions to neutralize the risks and to take advantage of the opportunities stemming from cultural diversity.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Russian and Eurasian Studies

In this unique programme you can study Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or instead focus on the politics, history and economics of the region.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Latin American Studies

In the MA programme in Latin American Studies at Leiden University you will focus on key social, political and cultural developments which are currently shaping the complex reality of Latin America.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Euroculture

Euroculture in Groningen is proud of being a founding member of the programme (1999), and of its achievements as Programme of Excellence. For three years in a row we have been selected as best European Studies Programme in the Netherlands (source: Master Keuzegids). Futhermore, the University of Groningen belongs to the global top 100 on the three most important ranking lists ('Shanghai, THE and QS World University Rankings).

Faculty of Arts
, M.A. Asian Studies (Research)

In this research programme you will either focus on a specific Asian region or on a specific discipline, including politics, religion, art, languages, and literature - regionally or cross-regionally.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.Sc. Regional Studies

The Research Master in Regional Studies in Groningen is unique because it delivers excellent researchers in the core themes of economic geography, cultural geography, planning and demography. At the same time, graduates combine their expertise in their own field with the capacity to put these themes in a broader, interdisciplinary perspective of the interactions between population, economy, culture and planning.

Faculty of Spatial Sciences
, M.A. African Studies (Research)

This research programme - taught by renowned scholars from both the Humanities and Social Sciences - offers a broad view of Africa. This will give you a solid knowledge base for post-graduation.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.Sc. Cultural Geography

Groningen is the only university in the Netherlands where you can do a Master in Cultural Geography. Students are trained with the necessary critical, analytical, methodological and theoretical tools to contribute to place-related liveability in society. Career perspectives vary from governments, NGOs and corporate roles.

Faculty of Spatial Sciences
, M.A. Literary and Cultural Studies

The degree programme offers an in-depth, integrated training in the academic study of the arts and their function in culture and society (by arts is meant literature, film, drama, music, and the new digital arts) with a focus on knowledge, skills and insight.

Faculty of Arts
, M.Sc. Contemporary Asian Studies

Contemporary Asian Studies offers an intensive one year Master in which you explore the inside understandings of Asia, through state-of-the-art theories and lectures.

Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
, M.A. Arts and Culture (Research)

The Master's programme in Arts and Culture (research) at Leiden University is unique in offering a two-year programme that integrates art history and theory with literary studies and media studies.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Christianity and Society

The impact of Christianity on society can be felt around the world - in international politics, economy, arts and cultural ideologies. The opposite is true as well. Christianity and society thus mutually shape and guide each other, with implications for the lives of people everywhere in the world.

Faculty of Theology
, M.A. Middle Eastern Studies (Research)

This research programme allows you to focus on a region, such as the Arab world, North Africa, or Turkey, or on a discipline, such as history, politics, religion, or language and literature.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Arts and Culture

This programme is unique in that it studies a substantial body of works of art, buildings and material culture from the early Middle Ages to the present day, using a comparative perspective.

Faculty of Humanities
, M.A. Asian Studies (2 Years)

In this programme, offered by renowned Asia scholars, you will obtain in-depth knowledge of the world's most dynamic and fastest-growing region.

Faculty of Humanities