Study Area & Cultural Studies in Netherlands

Master's Degrees in
Area & Cultural Studies in Netherlands

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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.

92 Area & Cultural Studies 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. East Asian Studies

East Asia is the foremost dynamic region in the world. This Master's track is organized around the achievements, opportunities and challenges facing East Asia. The East Asian Studies is offered by the University of Groningen.

Faculty of Arts
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. Religion, Conflict and Globalization

How are religion, conflict and peace related? How does globalization affect local religious traditions? How do religious and secular actors interact in local and global debates on migration and gender? The Religion, Conflict and Globalization programme is offered by University of Groningen.

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Archaeology - Mediterranean Archaeology

The Master's programme Mediterranean Archaeology is based on the long, yet innovative, disciplinary traditions of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the University of Amsterdam that has a strong focus on objects but also creators and users, and the many ways people, goods and ideas interconnect. 

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Cultural History of Modern Europe

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Cultural History of Modern Europe 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 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.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.Sc. Human Geography - Cultural Geography and Tourism

Understanding and interpreting advanced theories and practices of leisure and tourism and the interaction between tourism and the social, cultural and physical environment. The Human Geography - Cultural Geography and Tourism programme is offered at the Radboud University.

Nijmegen School of Management
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. 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.Sc. History and Philosophy of Science

The Master’s programme in the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) at Utrecht University offers a unique opportunity to study the foundations, practices, and culture of the sciences and humanities from a historical and philosophical perspective. The two-year research programme addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice with a broad approach.

Graduate School of Natural Sciences
M.A. Art, Literature and Society

What critical role do artists, philosophers, writers and poets play in today’s society?  What is the point of art in public spaces? What can your role as a future student of culture mean to society? If you are passionate about such issues, the master’s programme in Art, Literature and Society from Maastricht University could be the programme for you.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. Arts and Heritage - Policy, Management and Education

What is the societal and academic significance of 'art', 'heritage' and 'culture'? Why do we value certain works of art, heritage or cultural practices and not others? If you are interested in finding the answers to questions like these, the master’s programme Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education from Maastricht University might be the right choice for you.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.Sc. Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology (Research)

Are you inquisitive, curious and open-minded? Are you interested in how science, arts and technology contribute to modern culture?  And would you like to pursue an academic career in this challenging field? Then you should consider getting a research master’s in Cultures of Art, Science and Technology at Maastricht University.

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
M.A. English Literature and Culture

The English Literature and Culture programme is offered by the University of Groningen. Literary study is socially relevant: from the medieval to the modern, it maps the forces which divide and unite people. English is the global language of cultural exchange and experiment.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Asian Studies (2 Years)

The MA in Asian Studies at Leiden University is your opportunity to earn a specialised qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Arts and Culture - Arts of the Netherlands

The two-year Research Master's programme Arts of the Netherlands focuses on the artistic tradition of the Netherlands from circa 1400-1900, comprising the fields of early Netherlandish art, Dutch and Flemish art of the Golden Age, and modern art from the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Graduate School for Humanities
M.A. Arts and Culture

The MA in Arts and Culture at Leiden University is your chance to acquire a world-class, customised qualification within the field of Arts and Culture.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. European Studies - Governing Europe

In the one-year Master's programme Governing Europe you study contemporary Europe and the EU, unraveling the political, legal, economic and historical patterns that affect contemporary international governance and policy in Europe and its border regions.

Graduate School for Humanities
M.A. Asian Studies

The Master of Arts in Asian Studies at Leiden University provides you the option to tailor your degree course and specialisation by selecting an Asian country or region you want to focus your studies on. The Master’s programme gives you a broad overview on the history, literature, cultural and religious studies, linguistics, or politics of an Asian nation.

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. Arts and Culture (Research)

The Arts and Culture research master 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.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. Literary and Cultural Studies

Are you curious, eager to learn and ready to shape the role of the arts and the media in society and culture? Then you are the right person for the Literary and Cultural Studies programme offered by the University of Groningen.

Faculty of Arts
M.Sc. Cultural Geography

Would you like to understand how the characteristics of places relate to the quality of life and wellbeing of people and communities? The Cultural Geography Master from the University of Groningen teaches students how to make a useful contribution to improving place-related liveability, quality of life and wellbeing in society. 

Faculty of Spatial Sciences
M.A. Culture and Politics

In the Leiden University master’s specialisation in Culture and Politics you consider the cultural dynamics of power, dominance, and resistance, and more generally explore critical perspectives on the complexities of culture as an inextricable part of global politics.

M.A. African Studies (Research)

The Research Master's programme in African Studies at Leiden University is unique in continental Europe for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the variety of perspectives.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Comparative Cultural Analysis - Arts and Culture

In the Master’s programme Comparative Cultural Analysis you will explore works of art and literature, cinema and new media, as well as academic and popular culture in relation to contemporary issues such as globalisation, mobility, gender identities, and social and cultural conflicts.

Graduate School for Humanities
M.A. Middle Eastern Studies

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The MA Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way.

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

The research master's programme in Asian Studies gives you access to Leiden University's leading expertise in the countries of Asia from their politics and literature to their languages.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Euroculture

Euroculture offers great opportunities if you are interested in understanding—and shaping—today's Europe. The Euroculture programme offered by the University of Groningen is ideal for students who understand that Europe's future will be shaped not only by economics and politics, but also by struggles over identities, values, and heritage.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Latin American Studies (Research)

The two-year multi-disciplinary MA in Latin American Studies (Research) addresses cutting-edge debates on the social and cultural issues in present-day Latin America and the Caribbean region.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology

The M. A. in Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology at Leiden University combines the study of cultural differences within societies and critical perspectives on globalisation. The Master’s degree helps students acquire practical perspectives over globalising developments, by analysing how large-scale globalisation influences small-scale experiences of people worldwide, and vice versa.

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
M.A. Theology and Religious Studies (Research)

How can we interpret the influence of religion on local and global developments? What are the relationships between religion and other cultural domains such as science, philosophy and politics? In this Theology and Religious Studies (Research) Master's Programme from the University of Groningen you will study how religion is embedded in present-day and in historical cultural contexts. 

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. African Studies

The Master’s programme in African Studies at Leiden University is an advanced area studies qualification that combines world-class scholarship with practice-based learning.

Faculty of Humanities
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