M.A. On Campus

Art History and Museum Studies

Leiden University

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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The master’s programme in Art History and Museum Studies at Leiden University is uniquely positioned at the intersection of Art History and Museum Studies. Informed by leading interdisciplinary research, this degree provides you with a strong academic foundation for a variety of careers in museums, galleries and heritage institutions.


The MA in programme in Art History and Museum Studies at Leiden University is a unique programme upholding a critical approach to the visual arts, decorative arts and architecture, as well as diverse cultures of collecting and presenting art. The programme is taught by a research-active staff and (former) curators from the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the Frans Hals Museum, the Museum Volkenkunde, the National Museum of Antiquities and the RKD, among others. Our teaching and research are enhanced by collaborative partnerships with museums, heritage institutions and contemporary art venues. We regularly host leading voices within the field to introduce our students to emerging trends and world-class research. The programme also facilitates optional internships in the cultural sector, both within The Netherlands and beyond. Students can pursue their individual fascinations and explore a large range of topics studied from an interdisciplinary and critical perspective.

Career preparation

An MA in Art History and Museum Studies will qualify you for a wide variety of careers in the cultural sector – museums, galleries, heritage institutions, exhibition spaces – as well as careers in publishing, media, public relations, and education. You will also be qualified to pursue a PhD and a career in academia. Our graduates are currently working in museums including Kunstmuseum Den Haag, the Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and the Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, in organisations including Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, Valiz publishers, Groene Amsterdammer, Mondriaan fonds, Gavelers Auctioneers and Lyppens, and at art venues such as BAK Utrecht. Graduates have started their own enterprises as cultural entrepreneurs, such as Dürst Britt & Mayhew gallery while other students have continued their graduate studies at Cambridge University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • The Symbiosis of Art and Architecture: Art in Situ from the Middle Ages to Today
  • Performativity & Representation: On the Agency and Political Power of Art
  • Art, museum and anthropology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 18 months

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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 a Dutch research university in Art History or from a foreign research university of an equivalent level; or
  • a bachelor’s degree from a research university (equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor’s degree) in a Humanities or Archaeology programme related to Arts and Culture; and
  • completed at least 40 EC (or equivalent) on relevant courses in the field of Art History and of sufficient level which demonstrate:
  • knowledge and understanding of the history of art production in western and non-western cultures from Antiquity down to the present day and of different forms of art, architecture and design;
  • knowledge and understanding of the history, theories and practices in the field of art in a global perspective or museum studies and of the relevant contexts in which art works or art museums, institutes and heritage sites function.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 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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