Cultural Studies

KU Leuven

12 months
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The Master in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven addresses different facets of culture as a socially embedded practice.


‘Cultural studies’ refers to a specific type of critical analysis and interpretation of culture, looking into how people construct and participate in everyday life. It studies and compares the meaning, political power and the social impact of varied cultural practices worldwide. The KU Leuven team is proud of their longstanding reputation as an active contributor and specialist in this field.

The term ‘cultural studies’ also refers to the study of cultural policy at all levels of policy-making in the public, and more often non-profit sectors. Smart cultural policies are anchored by intelligent practices and legal frameworks. This Master in Cultural Studies at KU Leuven provides a research-based approach to both the design and the application of these smart cultural policies. 


As both a hands-on and theoretically oriented programme, the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies prepares students for careers in a wide range of fields. A great many of our graduates become public servants and cultural policy officers at all levels of government (local, regional, national, international); others enter into the broad field of the creative industries (music, television, print and online media).

A fair number of students combine their studies (in 2 years) with a teachers' training programme, which prepares them for a career in teaching. In addition, the programme's regularly updated internship database provides a good overview of the possibilities open to students of cultural studies.

Students who are eager to find their way into the cultural sector should take into account that careers in culture rarely deliver traditional nine-to-five jobs and competition for appointments is often fiercely competitive. Special qualities such as passion, enthusiasm, creativity, flexibility, teamwork and good verbal and communicative skills are crucial for success. This programme aims to hone these transferable qualities in addition to the specialised academic framework.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Studies: Capita Selecta
  • Cultural Policy
  • Cultural Semiotics
  • Online Publishing
  • Contemporary Dance and Dance Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

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

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

    Students with an academic BA in one of the following fields: arts, literature, history can be admitted to the programme.

  • a complete list of courses including their respective size (in ECTS credits) for which the applicant has obtained credit;
  • a list of study results obtained for each of the above courses, preferably according to the ECTS scale. If a different scale is used, a brief explanation of the local grading system should be included;
  • for the undergraduate courses that the applicant considers most relevant to the Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, a brief course description (one half to a full page) according to the standard guidelines for an ECTS study guide. These course descriptions may be in African, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese or Spanish;
  • proof of proficiency to CEFR in English, viz. an IELTS score of at least 7,5. 

Tuition Fee


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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Cultural Studies
KU Leuven