Master's Degrees in Master of Arts in Netherlands

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Studying Master of Arts

The Master of Arts (M.A., Magister Artium) is the most common Master's degree besides the Master of Science (M.Sc.) and nowadays awarded by most universities in Europe as well as world-wide. In combination with a 3-year or 4-year bachelor programme Master programmes replace old five-year programmes such as the German Magister and Diplom or the Dutch doctorandus. The study duration of a Master of Arts programme differs. There are 1-year as well as 2-year Master programmes offered.

According to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) on average 30 credits each semester have to be achieved. A one-year programme has therefore typically 60 ECTS, a two-year programme 120 ECTS accordingly. The Master of Arts is typically awarded in fields such as languages, history, geography, philosophy, fine arts but also social sciences and has thus an overlap with the Master of Science.

In order to receive a Master of Arts, the completion of a dissertation based on independent research is usually required besides the completion of courses.

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.

357 Master of Arts Master's degrees in Netherlands

M.A. Philosophy and Science

In the Master’s programme Philosophy and Science you will analyse the relation of philosophy and science in terms of their historical development, as well as the current situation. Seminars that you will follow focus on training skills such as critical reading, analytical thinking, policy writing and debating. Professionally, the programme prepares you for several possible avenues, including science administration, research, journalism, and policy-making.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Creative Industries

In the Master’s specialisation in Creative Industries at Radboud University, we focus on the artistic product and study our (post-) industrial society as a cultural phenomenon. We look at the wonderful new world where high fashion interacts with technological gadgets, where TV series are gaining ground on cinema, where art meets commerce, and where culture generates innovation and social cohesion.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. North American Studies

The Master’s programme in North American Studies from Radboud University touches on subjects such as Americanization, globalization, balances of power, transatlantic transfer, cultural mobility, exceptionalism, and cultural diplomacy. You’ll come to understand what shaped Europe's image of the United States and vice versa.  

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Online Culture

Study the sociological, cultural, ethical, and physical consequences of constantly being ‘online’. Investigate how this influences our experiences and perceptions of the world, and the forms of knowledge and communication that we develop. Earn an Online Culture degree at Tilburg University.

School of Humanities and Digital 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.A. Metaphysics and Epistemology (Research)

The Research Master's in Metaphysics and Epistemology focuses on how age-old metaphysical questions about being and truth are affected by recent developments in hermeneutical philosophy. In a unique research environment and in connection with experts in contemporary European philosophy you will gain the advanced skills and knowledge you need for an academic career in fundamental philosophy.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Philosophy of Mind (Research)

Unique in the Netherlands, the Research Master’s in Philosophy of Mind combines traditional analytical theorising about the mind with insights from phenomenology and the empirical sciences. In a collaborative, international research environment you will gain a complete perspective on the mind, while developing crucial research skills for a career in academic philosophy.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Christianity and Society

Reflect critically on Christianity in the public space and the tensions that arise in the dialogue with modern society and world religions. The Christianity and Society program from Tilburg University links theological and religious sources of the past with current social, economic and political issues.

School of Catholic Theology
M.A. Research Master in Language and Communication

Become equipped with the skills to initiate and conduct your own high-quality research in the domains of linguistics and communication sciences: an excellent preparation for a PhD or a career at a research agency. Earn a Research Master in Language and Communication degree at Tilburg University.

School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
M.A. Media Innovation

In this one-year master’s programme you will learn how to look beyond the surface of digital media and distinguish crucial digital processes and how to transform these analytical insights into the building blocks that are needed to construct tomorrow’s media products. For your graduation project, you will conceive an original media innovation which you will actually bring into the market. 

Master Degrees
M.A. History of Church and Theology

The Master’s in History of Church and Theology provides a unique combination of the study of the history of Christianity with Canon Law. Students develop skills for systematic historical research with attention to the knowledge of the culture and values of the era in which they were produced. In an international and stimulating setting, students receive training for their future careers.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Linguistics

The Master’s programme in Linguistics learns you how to become a competent linguist who has an understanding of a wide array of subjects ranging from psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, second language acquisition, language description, language testing and linguistic diversity. What’s more, we offer different specialisations like General Linguistics or Language and Communication training.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Online Culture - Ritual in Society

Study the sociological, cultural, ethical, and physical consequences of constantly being ‘online’. Investigate how this influences our experiences and perceptions of the world, and the forms of knowledge and communication that we develop. Earn an Online Culture - Ritual in Society degree at Tilburg University.

School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
M.A. Eternal Rome

This Master's (officially called Eternal Rome: Transformations from Antiquity to the Middle Ages) offers an in-depth examination both of the city of Rome and its role as the capital of the Roman Empire, and of the representation of the ‘idea' of Rome throughout the centuries.Eternal Rome presents a unique programme that focuses as much on the transition between ancient and medieval history as on those periods themselves. A group of specialists from the fields of ancient and medieval history teach this specialisation. Their expertise also includes the status of Rome beyond the Middle Ages into the Renaissance and modern times as well.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Philosophy of Humanity and Culture

Study modern European philosophical traditions and classics. In the Philosophy of Humanity and Culture programme from Tilburg University, you learn to pose fundamental questions, analyze key theories and apply critical thought to the understanding of contemporary art, culture and media society. 

M.A. Online Culture - Global Communication

Study the sociological, cultural, ethical, and physical consequences of constantly being ‘online’. Investigate how this influences our experiences and perceptions of the world, and the forms of knowledge and communication that we develop. Earn an Online Culture - Global Communication degree at Tilburg University.

School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
M.A. Philosophical Anthropology (Research)

The Research Master's in Philosophical Anthropology covers the philosophically significant questions related to human beings and examining the different states of the human condition. In a school recognised for its expertise in continental philosophy, and under the guidance of advanced researchers, you will develop your skills and knowledge in preparation for a career in academic philosophy.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Arts and Culture

What is Mondrian trying to tell us with his painting Victory Boogie Woogie or Vermeer with his Girl with a Pearl Earring? Who actually pays for art and culture? What role models does Hollywood provide us with? If these are questions that interest you, then you should definitely consider the Master’s in Arts & Culture.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Online Culture - Art, Media and Society

Study the sociological, cultural, ethical, and physical consequences of constantly being ‘online’. Investigate how this influences our experiences and perceptions of the world, and the forms of knowledge and communication that we develop.  Earn an Online Culture - Art, Media and Society degree at Tilburg University.

School of Humanities and Digital Sciences
M.A. Philosophy (research)

The Research Master’s in Philosophy prepares students to analyse complex issues logically and conceptually and teaches them the ability to document their conclusions in clear and persuasive language. The programme offers a broad range of specialisations, with specially designed research seminars and a dynamic and stimulating research environment.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Communication and Information Studies

The Master's in Communication and Information Studies has one English-taught specialisation: International Business Communication. You will profit from a combination of communication studies, applied linguistics, international management and intercultural communication designed to cover all factors that play a role in professional communication.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Philosophy of Language and Logic (Research)

The Master's in Philosophy of Language and Logic focuses on the essence of language, that is, the ways in which we use language to communicate and cooperate. In a lively and interdisciplinary research environment you can explore language from a social perspective, while gaining crucial research skills in preparation for a future academic career.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Practical Theology

The Master's in Practical Theology focuses on developing the tools to understand religion as it is lived and experienced today, beyond the traditional shapes of religiosity. Students gain experience in qualitative research methods and a comprehensive understanding of the transformation of religion in contemporary society, all in a lively international environment and with specific career training.

Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
M.A. Literary Studies (Research)

Whether you prefer ancient Greek dramas, medieval Dutch poetry, contemporary American literature, or are more interested in general literary theory, this Master’s is suited to students wishing to contribute to textual research. The Master’s in Literary Studies will teach you how to approach historical and contemporary texts from an international perspective, as well as how to examine the current societal significance of literature. By the end of the programme, you’ll be able to discuss literary texts and scholarly approaches with other scholars at the highest academic level.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Performing Public Space

The brand new international Master program: Performing Public Space from Fontys University of Applied Sciences is designed for international creatives from a variety of art disciplines, who currently focus on public space as their artistic environment. This distance-learning program is breaking new ground in investigating public space as a backdrop for artistic expression and intervention.

M.A. Art and Visual Culture (Research)

The research Master’s in Art and Visual Culture studies the relationship between art, the past and the present from various angles, including the interpretation of the cultural contexts of visual expressions and their transformations throughout the ages up to now. This programme is geared towards classical archaeologists, art historians and cultural scholars alike. You’ll gain insight into general humanities methods and theories as well as those specific for those three fields. You can then go to focus on your own topic in the field of Art-Historical, Cultural Studies and Archaeology.

Faculty of Arts
M.A. Tourism Destination Management

In this one-year, professional master’s programme you will learn to match the supply of international tourism destinations with the demand of tourists in a responsible manner. The guiding principle in this process is making a positive contribution to the development of and opportunities for people and businesses in the destination areas.

Master Degrees
M.A. Gender Studies (Research)

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Gender Studies (Research) combines a thorough grounding in the historiography and contemporary state of Gender Studies as a discipline with intensive training in the critical practice of cultural theories and epistemologies from feminist, postcolonial, critical race, and queer perspectives.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Globalisation and Development Studies

Do you have a passion for research and work in the field of globalisation and development, rooted in undergraduate studies or experience in the field? Are you interested in individuals and communities, as well as in the broader relations between the Global North and South? If so, this Globalisation and Development Studies programme from Maastricht University may be the right programme for you. 

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. History of Politics and Society

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in History of Politics and Society  provides you with a thorough understanding of the historical roots of the most important political and societal issues that politicians, journalists and policy makers are concerned with today.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Applied Ethics

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Applied Ethics offers you an in-depth focus on the interaction between moral practice and ethical theory, allowing you to explore ethical theories in relation to actual practical dilemmas. 

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy will teach you how to investigate and reflect on the dynamic ways in which theatrical and choreographic practices respond to a society in transition. This programme welcomes both Dutch and international students, as well as arts professionals who wish to enrich their practice through academic research.

Graduate School of Humanities
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. Comparative Literary Studies

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Comparative Literary Studies is distinguished by its comparative approach and its concern with the relations between literature and other forms of culture. The main focus is on literature written in West-European languages in the modern period, but attention is also paid to world literature in translation.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. International Relations in Historical Perspective

The Master of Arts International Relations in Historical Perspective is offered by the University of Utrecht. During the course you will gain a greater understanding of the parties involved, and prepare yourself for a future as a participant in the game of global politics.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. European Studies

How can we understand the EU’s response to the financial crisis or to the confrontation between Ukraine and Russia? How do we account for the EU’s reaction to the refugee crisis provoked by conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa? What is Europe’s peacekeeping role and capacity? The Master's in European Studies from Maastricht University trains you to answer these complex questions.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. Global Criminology

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Global Criminology equips students with the knowledge, skills, and understanding required to work with local and global crime issues, crime policies and crime control strategies.

Graduate School of Law, Economics and Governance
M.A. Arts and Society

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Arts and Society 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. Art History of the Low Countries

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Art History of the Low Countries focuses on the art and architecture of the Low Countries (present-day Netherlands and Belgium), and spans the period from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You will study Netherlandish art and architecture, taking into account their international context. 

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Utrecht University's Research Master’s in Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance Studies programme focuses on interdisciplinary study of the material, social, and intellectual developments in Europe (including the Mediterranean region) from Antiquity through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Applied Musicology

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Applied Musicology will equip you with the specific knowledge and skills required to operate as a musicologist within the international musical industry.

Graduate School 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. Linguistics

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Linguistics will teach you the principles of first language acquisition, and what is special about learning more languages. The programme also satisfies your curiosity to know more about the way language is processed in the brain and how we use it.

Graduate School of Humanities
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.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. Politics and Society

In the master's programme in Politics and Society from Maastricht University, you will gain insight into how culture has become a source of concern and conflict in the national and international political arenas. You will also explore the different professional roles a student of politics and society can play in political organisations, in the media or in think tanks.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. European Public Affairs

The master's programme in European Public Affairs from Maastricht University provides advanced professional training in both the theoretical and practical aspects of European policy-making.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. Religious Studies

Utrecht's University Research Master in Religious Studies is a challenging, research-oriented programme that prepares you for participation in current debates in the international community of scholars of religion, and to make your own contributions to the field.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. New Media and Digital Culture

The Master of Arts in New Media and Digital Culture is offered by the Utrecht University. Guided by an international team of experienced scholars, you will assist with current research projects and learn to reflect critically on how present-day cultures are shaped by games, social media, internet activism, apps, data visualisations, mobile devices, algorithms, and participatory platforms.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. History

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in History offers you research-based training in history as an academic discipline. We teach you how to perform research, and we challenge you to develop your own ideas on topics of your choice.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Musicology

Utrecht's University Research Master’s in Musicology will train you in advanced research while giving you academic insight into the theoretical and artistic principles underpinning music across history and cultures. You will also investigate the contextual circumstances influencing the production, distribution, and reception of music.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Media Studies - Digital Cultures

Are you fascinated by digital media, especially social media? Would you like to investigate the new media landscape and understand its effects on society? Do you have your sights set on a career in the media world, with an emphasis on digital media and contemporary media practices? If so, the Master in Media Studies - Digital Cultures from Maastricht University may be the right choice for you.

Faculty of Arts and Social Science
M.A. Media, Art and Performance Studies

The Master of Arts in Media, Art and Performance Studies is offered by the Utrecht University. It is an interdisciplinary and internationally oriented research-based programme which offers an advanced training in academic research skills appropriate for today's highly dynamic and interdisciplinary field of media, visual arts and performance.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. International Leisure and Tourism Studies

NHL Stenden’s 14 month Master programme in International Leisure and Tourism Studies focuses on sustainability and quality of life within the context of the past, present and future. Students will explore established theories relating to leisure and tourism (past), discuss current cases (present) and use scenario planning as a tool for identifying future trends and developments (future).

Master Programmes
M.A. Conflict Studies and Human Rights

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Conflict Studies and Human Rights is a selective, international graduate programme combining the study of theory with in-depth case study analysis.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Literature Today

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Literature Today will teach you to identify and critically evaluate the most recent national and international developments in literature, and to situate these from a historical perspective. 

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Gender Studies

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Gender Studies provides you with an interdisciplinary understanding of these tools, as well as advanced analytical skills. You will be trained within an internationally diverse cohort of students and academic staff to become a professionally successful 'agent of change'.

Graduate School of Humanities
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. International Hospitality and Service Management

The programme in International Hospitality and Service Management from NHL Stenden University introduces you to key theories such as service, hospitality, customer satisfaction and service concepts. The course also covers diverse areas such as sustainability and globalisation. Students also work in multicultural teams due to the international learning environment.

Master Programmes
M.A. Philosophy

Utrecht's University Master of Arts in Philosophy provides a challenging research-oriented programme that prepares you to participate in the current debates in the international philosophical community and to develop your own research contributions to the field.

Graduate School of Humanities
M.A. Management

The Management Master programme at Saxion University of Applied Sciences is for managers who wish to pursue studies at a higher level by adding a specialisation. Students build on their knowledge from the work environment and previous learning, whilst developing a critical theoretical perspective which will inform their own developing Management practice.

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. Arts and Heritage - Policy, Management and Education

The master’s programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education examines the concepts of ‘heritage’ and ‘art’ as expressions of both past and present culture. You will develop insights into these key concepts and how their meaning has changed throughout history. You will evaluate and debate issues related to appreciation, interpretation, use, management and policy. 

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