Arts and Culture, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
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.


Customised education

A unique programme in terms of its diverse and interdisciplinary range of subjects, the Arts and Culture master's programme offers you the choice of three specialisations. Each explores different themes from a comparative and global perspective and offers a broad range of electives, allowing you to further customise your degree. We encourage every student to pursue the academic areas they are passionate about.

Learn from the leading minds in the field

At Leiden University, you are joining one of the world's leading universities. In the MA in Arts and Culture, you learn from internationally-respected researchers at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society (LUCAS) as well as eminent scholars and practitioners from our network of academic and cultural institutions. You benefit from this network both in what you learn, and in how, with opportunities for internships, exchange programmes and regular visiting speakers.

Academic challenge combined with social relevance

The master's in Arts and Culture is an academically-challenging programme, with an emphasis on training students to be excellent researchers and stand-out critical thinkers. Relevance is of key importance, with current issues integrated into everything you learn. Because of this, our programme attracts motivated students from all around the world, all of whom are seeking an academic programme that promises the best in knowledge, skills, and career prospects.

Small classes and an individual approach

Our approach to learning at Leiden University is focused on the individual and their unique profile. Teaching takes the form of small-scale lectures, where every student is involved in class discussions and receives a high level of focused attention from lecturers.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

  • Art and Architecture before 1800
  • Art of the Contemporary World and World Art Studies
  • Museums and Collections
See programme website for more info

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
    • Duration description

      Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.

  • Credits
    60 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Previous education: A Bachelor's degree in art history is recommend to apply for this Master's degree. However, we also welcome students from other backgrounds, including those with other degrees including BA History, BA Language and Culture, BA Cultural Studies, BA Communication, BA Liberal Arts and BA Museology.

Additional language requirements:

  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C2
  • IELTS overall band: 7
  • TOEFL paper based: 600
  • TOEFL computer based: 250
  • TOEFL internet based: 100

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    16800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16800 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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