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.

89 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.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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.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. 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. 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. 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.Sc. Cultural and Social Anthropology

The Master’s programme in Cultural and Social Anthropology at the UvA is a broadly focused one-year Master’s programme in which you design and conduct high quality anthropological research. Questions of globalisation, identity and authenticity, migration, citizenship, but also of transnational relations, development, and myths of progress are at the heart of this programme.

Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences
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. 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. Christianity and Society

Are you fascinated by religion and by Christianity in particular? Have you ever wondered what the impact of Christianity is on society, or how society influences Christianity? Would you like to study this topic in depth with students from around the world? Then Christianity and Society at Tilburg University is for you!

School of Catholic Theology
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. 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.A. Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage

The Master's in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage is a unique and innovative interdisciplinary programme aimed at students with a passion for cultural heritage and the desire to combine theory and practice. It offers nine branches of specialisation within Conservation and a separate track in Technical Art History.

Graduate School for Humanities
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. Arts and Culture - Artistic Research

The two-year Research Master's programme Artistic Research bridges the gap between professional art training and academic research, and takes an experimental approach to the study of art objects, as well as broader artistic concepts and interpretation.

Graduate School for 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. Heritage Studies - Heritage and Memory Studies

Taught by cultural historians, art historians, architectural historians, archaeologists, and sociologists, the Dual Master's in Heritage and Memory Studies offers a professional, interdisciplinary programme in which you study heritage and memory from a critical, cultural-historic and spatial perspective.

Graduate School for 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
MM New York Jazz

Are you a professional musician with a goal? Do you have a specific vision of your future? Then the Master of Music in New York Jazz at at Hanze University of Applied Sciences, Groningen could be the suitable study to achieve your personal goals. 

Prince Claus Conservatoire
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. 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. Management of Cultural Diversity

People, images, symbols, information, and so on increasingly move from one corner of the world to another and people communicate with other people many miles away. As a consequence, individual people are increasingly being confronted with (all kinds of) different influences and ideas from other parts of the world. The Management of Cultural Diversity program is offered by Tilburg University.

School of Humanities and Digital Sciences