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.

68 Area & Cultural Studies Master's degrees in Netherlands

M.A. Cultural History of Modern Europe

The M.A. in Cultural History of Modern Europe at Utrecht University will help you understand the historical and cultural context of how European nations were formed and have developed in time. The Master’s degree covers topics about the cultural history of art, culture in the modern world and offers possibilities for international internships and practical research.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication at Utrecht University teaches you how to approach and promote linguistic and cultural diversity in various international contexts.The multidisciplinary and multilingual programme will equip you with the tools to apply theory to international practice. After graduation, your skills as a multilingual and intercultural expert will contribute to mutual understanding within Europe or abroad and to the strong worldwide relationships that are so important in our era of globalisation.

Graduate School 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. Our two-year research programme addresses the historical development of scientific thought and practice with a broad approach that investigates the interplay of science or the humanitites with cultural, social, and institutional factors.

Graduate School of Natural Sciences
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.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. 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. Tourism is based on the cultural appreciation and value of the cities and landscapes tourists visit. Tourism also has a major economic, social and environmental impact on places and regions. This Master's specialisation allows you to understand the processes involved and how to use them in practice. In this specialisation you will mainly learn to understand and interpret advanced theories and practices of leisure and tourism and their influence on the social and physical environment. Since tourism is mainly about experiencing places and events, you will learn to understand where these experiences come from, what effects they have and how they can be influenced.

Nijmegen School of Management
M.A. English Literature and Culture

The programme's core themes of conflict and co-operation take their inspiration from a paths in the Dutch National Research Agenda which was established by a coalition of academic and business organisations (including the Confederation of Netherlands Industry & Employers, and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research).

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

The MA in Asian Studies programme at Leiden University offers an outstanding qualification from one of the leading centres for Asian studies in Europe.

Faculty of Humanities
M.A. Arts and Culture

The Master programme in Arts and Culture at Leiden University is unique in the Netherlands for the interdisciplinary range of subjects offered and the diversity of optional tracks.

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. 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. Asian Studies (1 Year)

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. 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
M.A. Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

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 Globalisation programme at University of Groningen addresses the pivotal place of religion in the dynamics of globalization and conflict that shape present-day societies. 

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
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. 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.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

This two-year, research-driven MA degree allows you to investigate the arts, their impact on society and life, and the vital role they play in cultural transformations on an advanced level. Through its unique multidisciplinary approach, the programme foregrounds intersections between different art forms and allows you to choose from historical, theoretical, as well as applied perspectives.

Faculty of Arts
M.Sc. Cultural Geography

The Master teaches students how to make a useful contribution to improving place-related liveability, quality of life and wellbeing in society. Students become professionally competent in the field of geography and liveability so that they can make a useful contribution to improving place-related liveability, quality of life and wellbeing in society.

Faculty of Spatial Sciences
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. Asian Studies (Research)

The Master's in Asian Studies (Research) brings 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. Our two-year master's programme 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.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.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. 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.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. African Studies

The M.A. in African Studies at Leiden University is an interdisciplinary degree that covers all political, social, and cultural aspects of the African continent. The Master’s degree has courses in history and literary studies, as well as in anthropology, economy, and political science. Students will get to use the newly acquired knowledge during an internship in Africa, provided by the university.

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
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