Working in close connection with museums and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and abroad, you will acquire the theoretical insights and practical experience necessary for a career in academia or the museum world.
The Art History programme at Utrecht University is not limited to a single period or geographical area but singles out important developments in the field. It is structured such that you can pursue your personal interests. You are encouraged to critically reflect on the past as well as imagine new possibilities in the study of art history, material culture, and museums.
The programme’s long-standing ties with major art museums and heritage institutions in the Netherlands and abroad ensure an integrated approach of theoretical and practical aspects. Dutch students often spend a semester in a major museum abroad while students from other countries usually intern at a major Dutch or Flemish museum.
This Master's programme prepares you for positions involving research on the art and architecture of the Low Countries. After graduation you will often find PhD positions, or jobs in:
- art galleries
- research libraries
- the art trade
Some of our graduates have gone on as independent exhibition organisers.
A substantial part of the graduates will move on to a PhD programme.
Accredited by the NVAO - Accreditation Organisation of the Netherlands and Flanders.
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- Art History: Institutions And Current Research
- Digital Perspectives: A Course On Computational Art History And Its Development
- Dutch Graduate School Of Art History
- Trends And Shifts In Art History, 2000-2015
- Research Design: Art History
- Art History: Knowledge, technologies and material culture
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- 24 months
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DisciplinesHistory Liberal Arts Modern History View 24 other Masters in Liberal Arts in Netherlands
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
You will be considered for admission to the Research Master’s programme in Art History of the Low Countries if you have a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch university (or foreign equivalent) and can demonstrate the following knowledge, insight, and skills:
- You are able to interpret and apply complex theories in the field of art history, as demonstrated by a relevant research paper or Bachelor’s thesis.
- You are able to design, perform, analyse, and report on scholarly research in art history, particularly that of the Low Countries, as demonstrated by a relevant research paper or Bachelor’s thesis.
- You have a strong motivation to do independent research, which is discussed convincingly in your motivation letter.
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International17280 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 17280 EUR per year during 24 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.
Living costs for Utrecht
The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.
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Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.