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Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)

12 months
16060 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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In the Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture) programme of the University of Amsterdam you will explore 'culture' in the broadest sense - from art, film and new media, to popular culture and social movements - in relation to contemporary issues such as globalisation, technology and social and cultural conflicts and identities.


Exploring culture in the broadest sense

The Comparative Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture) programme of the University of Amsterdam is dedicated to critical exploration of a wide variety of cultural phenomena from an explicitly theoretical and interdisciplinary perspective. Works of art and literature, cinema and new media, as well as popular culture are examined in relation to a range contemporary socio-political phenomena. Comparative Cultural Analysis engages with a variety of contemporary critical discourses, such as philosophy, environmental humanities, posthumanism, decolonial studies, queer studies, comparative literature and media studies. The programme proposes to explore the many possible dialogues between cultural phenomena and critical theory. In particular, Comparative Cultural Analysis is focused on the socio-political significance of theoretical and interdisciplinairy study.


After completing this programme students will have acquired a solid understanding of cultural theory and valuable analytical skills. Depending on their expertise, graduates often find employment in the cultural or non-profit sector, for example as writer, editor, curator, organizer or continue their academic career as PhD researcher.

The job market

Alumni from the programme have started careers in:

  • Journalism
  • Online media;
  • Museum;
  • Art center/gallery;
  • Academia;
  • Publishing;
  • Editing;
  • News media.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Intercultural Dialogues 
  • Comparative and Cultural Analysis
  • Archaeology of Human Mobilities
  • Archaeology, Museums and the Public
  • From Constantine to Muhammed: Religion and Society in Late Antiquity
  • Historical Archaeology: Theories and Concepts

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




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Academic requirements

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

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the Humanities or Social Sciences with an emphasis on theories of contemporary culture, to a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic studies)
  • You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in contemporary theories of culture
  • English language requirements

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 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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