24 months
16000 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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Whether you wish to specialise in canonical artworks or in forms of visual production like advertisement or YouTube video, this interdisciplinary Master’s programme Art and Visual Culture (Research) program at Radboud University will develop your ability to research and analyse visual culture thoroughly and critically.

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Programme overview

The Master's specialisation in Art and Visual Culture focuses on the interpretation of visual culture and its role in society. The programme takes a multi-disciplinary approach, and allows you to see your topics of interest from different perspectives.

This programme helps you to prepare you for PhD research, including writing and publishing scholarly articles. You will be paired with a personal tutor to help you design and conduct your research. You also have plenty of opportunity to travel abroad for courses.

What will you learn?

  • Examine the material, historical, and visual specificities of visual product or artifact in various theoretical contexts and from the perspectives of three different disciplines: Classical Archaeology, Cultural Studies and Art History
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary seminars to discuss topics pertaining to your interests
  • Gain valuable skills in designing, conducting and presenting your research projects and writing scholarly articles

  • Gain knowledge of leading perspectives, theories, concepts, and paradigm shifts in the humanities and advanced knowledge specifically for own field.

Career prospects

This programme is initially intended to prepare its students for an academic career, in particular as PhD researchers. About half of our graduates find such a position in the Netherlands or abroad. The other half also do well and often find academic positions with research orientated duties. Examples include:

  • Researcher at a cultural or scientific organisation or research centre
  • Assistant of a senior researcher
  • Teacher at an institution for higher education
  • Policy-making official in the fields of culture and science
  • Editor in the field of historical or cultural scholarship
  • Staff member of a publishing company or and text agency, usually with regard to scientific, historical or cultural journals
  • Curator of a cultural heritage institution or in the museological sector
  • Consultant for a political party

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theories and Theoreticians in the Humanities
  • Art in its Historical Context
  • Methods and Techniques in the Humanities
  • Contemporary Debates in Humanities
  • The Body in Art and Visual Culture
  • Key Research in Art and Visual Culture
  • Research Article
  • Research Proposal

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Non-EU/EEA applicants 

  • 1 April: Final deadline

EU/EEA applicants  

  • 1 July: Final deadline


120 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Admission to the Master's specialisation also partly depends on an individual interview to be conducted with the candidate.
  • The Admission Board has the authority to impose additional admission requirements.
  • In principle, it is possible to gain admission to the Research Master's with qualifications other than those outlined on this page, subject to the discretion of the Admission Board. So, if you have a Bachelor's degree that is comparable in content and methodology, as well as meeting all of the other requirements, you may send a well-motivated request for admission to the admission officer.
  • Your admission into this programme depends on your previous education. You are admissible if you have a completed Bachelor's degree from a Research University in Art History, Cultural Studies or Classical Languages and Culture or a related area. The Admission Board will determine if an international student has the required knowledge to be admitted.
In addition you must fulfill the following requirements:
  • Your average grade during the second and third years of your BA studies has to have been at least a 7.5 and your Bachelor’s thesis had to have received a grade of at least 8.0.
  • Strong motivation
  • Letter of reference
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak which has led to the temporary closure of test centres, Radboud University currently also accepts the iBT TOEFL Special Home Edition. For all other questions regarding the coronavirus please visit our FAQ.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16000 EUR per year during 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Nijmegen

800 - 1000 EUR /month
Living costs

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


  • We have a number of scholarships available only for international Master’s students. You can find the full list, including details about eligibility requirements and how to apply, on the university's website

  • Please do note, that most of these scholarships are not fully funded. The Radboud Scholarship Programme (RSP) is the only scholarship that offers both fully and partially funded scholarships.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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