This master's programme will equip you with the skills and knowledge to play a key role in the future of museums and cultural institutions. During the programme you will examine how the social functions of museums and collections have developed in the past centuries, and how they are now changing rapidly under political and economic pressure.
You will become aware of the increasing overlap that exists between the traditional tasks of museum curators, departments of education, and management. You will come to understand the complicated etical and legal issues concerning 'contested' museum objects and the debate on restitution of acquisitions from the colonial period.Museums and Collections at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).
Career prospectsExamples of the diverse roles of our graduates include:
- Curator at a museum
- Collections manager at a natural history museum
- Project officer for heritage at a government agency
- Art teacher at a secondary school
- Auctioneer at an online auction house
- Research consultant at a recruitment company
- Teacher of art and theory at an art school
- Freelance artist and illustrator
- Newspaper critic
- Director of a publishing company
- PhD candidate
More informationVisit official programme website
The programme consists of 60 EC, to be completed in one year. Part-time students complete the programme in 1.5 years, and have a course load of 20 EC per semester. Courses are scheduled during office hours.
The structure of the programme is the following:
- Practices and Debates (5 credits)
- Two Research Seminars from Museums and Collections (20 credits)
- Free Component (10 credits)
- Thesis Seminar (5 credits)
- Thesis (20 credits)
Requirements for graduation are:
- Successful completion of courses, following the structure of the programme (40 EC)
- Successful completion of MA Thesis (20 EC)
You will need to complete at least 45 EC within your field of specialisation:
- Two research seminars from Museums and Collections (20 credits)
- Thesis seminar (5 EC)
- Thesis (20 EC).
- 12 months
- 18 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Deadline passed, International
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
- Apply before , International
- Deadline passed, EEA/EU
DisciplinesArt History Museum Studies View 3 other Masters in Museum Studies in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A copy of a valid passport or ID card
- A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
- CV (résumé)
- Language proficiency (if applicable)
- Copies of diplomas and transcripts
International18300 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 18300 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
EU/EEA2143 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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