Master of Arts (MA) in the Netherlands

Best MA Degrees in the Netherlands 2017/2018

Master

A master's degree is a postgraduate academic degree. A master's degree prepares students to lead or manage. A master's degree also prepares a person for a range of pursuits through specialized study of a field.

The Netherlands is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, consisting of twelve provinces in North-West Europe and three islands in the Caribbean. English speaking students will have no problems finding suitable courses. For international students applying to universities in the Netherlands, several scholarships are available.

Master of Art Programs in the Netherlands

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MA Philosophy (60EC)

Leiden University
Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2  February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to offer you an advanced training in different philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking. [+]

The one-year master’s programme in Philosophy at Leiden University integrates historical and systematic approaches in philosophy to offer you an advanced training in different philosophical methodologies as well as reason, logic and critical thinking.

Four specialisations; an expansive curriculum

The master in Philosophy offers you the choice of four specialisations, each provides a broad overview of the most important philosophical branches, including their historical development and recent topical debates. Contrasting philosophical methodologies are explored, including continental and analytical philosophy. Electives within each specialisation investigate everything from logic, mind and cognition, to ethics, politics and cultural philosophy.... [-]


Master of Arts - Master of Photography

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Photography challenges students to think and act outside of traditional definitions of the medium. In a critical and supportive environment, participants ground their practice within the historical and contemporary discourse. [+]

The Master of Photography is a two-year, full-time programme. It offers ambitious artists a critical context in which they can deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the arts. An engaged and fluid position As the only master’s programme in the Netherlands dedicated to photography, we operate from the broadest possible definition of the medium. The documentary discourse and lens-based media theory are starting points for an unorthodox variety of cultural production. Students and faculty work in a wide range of contexts, including film, performance, writing, activism and curation. Curriculum At the core of the programme is the student’s self-directed research and studio practice. A strong theoretical component, combined with mentoring from a faculty of renowned artists, guides students towards the development of process-based approach to artistic production. The qualities and problems specific to lens-based media are explored from within the conceptual realm. What to expect One day per week is dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback. Approximately two days per week are dedicated to theoretical and academic studies. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study. After every three weeks, there is a curriculum-free week to facilitate work on your independent projects Where you will study The Photography Department is housed in a former seminary in historical Breda. Nestled within a small forest on the edge of the city, this inspiring location offers the space and focus necessary to deepen your practice.... [-]

Master of Arts - Master of Graphic Design

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Graphic Design guides emerging professionals towards the development of a process-based approach. The programme is designed by and for a world in flux. [+]

Top Master of Art Programs in the Netherlands 2017/2018. The Master of Graphic Design is a two-year, full-time programme. It offers ambitious designers the opportunity to deepen their practice and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the field of design. A focus on the future The programme centres upon a thorough understanding of the process of design and is research-oriented. You will be trained in media and graphic design theory, as well as the communicative and ethical skills essential to the visual interpretation of information in today’s technology-based society. Tutors and guest lecturers are professionals with rich and active practices, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of the ever-shifting design world. Curriculum Your independent research and studio practice are at the heart of the programme, which builds toward an increasingly self-driven approach. The educational trajectory begins with a process of experimentation, where you will be introduced to a variety of attitudes and practices. You will gradually focus on the design method and context of your choice. What to expect One day a week is devoted to theoretical instruction. Two days a week are dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback sessions. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study. Where you will study AKV|St.Joost is unique in its location in the south of the Netherlands, the epicentre of Dutch design. The Graphic Design Department is housed in a former seminary at the Breda campus.... [-]

Master of Arts - Master of Fine Art

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Fine Art is committed to empowering artists. Through a deepening of their artistic practice and the exploration of self-organisation and alternative models, students gain agency in the context of contemporary art and today’s society. [+]

The Master of Fine Art is a two-year, full-time programme. It offers ambitious artists the opportunity to deepen their practice and position themselves firmly within the historical and contemporary discourse. Artistic agency The artist’s role in society is changing. At AKV|St.Joost, you will learn not only how to respond to the current challenges and opportunities, but also how to shape this new reality. The programme is deeply involved with new models of self-organization, alternative networks and artist-initiated activities. All tutors have practices engaged with these modes of working, and together with them you will explore your own position within the contemporary landscape. The curriculum At the heart of the programme is the student’s independent research and studio practice, which are strongly integrated. You will continually connect your developing critical vocabulary to others inside and outside the academy. This occurs in the form of self-organized symposia, wherein students invite artists, curators and critics to reflect with them on the themes relevant to their work. What to expect One day per week is dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback. Approximately two days per week are dedicated to theoretical and academic studies. An equal amount of time (2-3 days per week) is required for self-study. Where you will study The Master of Fine Art is housed in the former Remington factory in ’s-Hertogenbosch. Critiques and weekly studio visits take place in an open and spacious shared studio, as well as outside of the academy. AKV|St.Joost has well-equipped... [-]

Master of Arts - Master of Animation

Avans University of Applied Sciences
Campus Full time September 2018 Netherlands Breda

The Master of Animation is made for emerging professionals committed to broadening their palette and responding to the demands of an expanding field. The programme relies upon, and thereby cultivates, an innovative attitude. [+]

Top Master of Art Programs in the Netherlands 2017/2018. The Master of Animation is a one-year, full-time programme. It offers ambitious animators the opportunity to broaden their expertise and lay the foundation for a long-term, sustainable career in the creative sector. A field brimming with possibility Animation professionals work within an increasingly wide range of contexts. The programme helps students navigate animation’s expanding field, which includes the essential role it has long played in cinema, but also exciting new applications in design, games and interactive media. Students are challenged to find novel ways to enter these areas, and to establish their own position within them. Curriculum The student’s self-directed research and studio practice are at the centre of the programme. We work with you to create substantial professional growth, based on your background, research path and ambitions. The programme is geared towards animators and designers who have experience with the moving image. You will be supported by a core faculty of active professionals, as well as guest tutors and speakers. In this critical and intimate environment, you will build technical skills, widen your conceptual scope and experiment with narrative strategies. Collaboration with other disciplines, both inside and outside the academy, is encouraged and facilitated. What to expect One day a week is devoted to theoretical instruction in media and animation theory and academic studies. Two days a week are dedicated to presentations of work in progress and individual and group feedback sessions. An equal amount of time (2-3 days) is... [-]

MA in Arts and Culture

Radboud University
Campus Full time September 2018 Netherlands Nijmegen

What is Vermeer trying to tell us with his 'Girl with a Pearl Earring'? Who actually pays for art and culture? What role models does Hollywood provide us with? If these are questions that interest you, then you should definitely consider the Master’s in Arts & Culture. [+]

The Master’s in Arts and Culture combines a solid theoretical foundation with attention for the field of arts. After graduating, you’ll be a valuable asset to the cultural sector, thanks to your theoretical and methodological knowledge, your well-developed communication skills and your knowledge of the latest scientific insights. With this Master’s degree, you can find work as a project manager or coordinator at museums, art centres, heritage institutions, festivals, art dealers and organisations at the cutting edge of making and financing art and culture. You could also work as a journalist or policy maker.

Specialisations

The Arts and Culture Master’s has four specialisations: two are taught in English and the other two - in Dutch. As electives, you can choose courses belonging to the other specialisations. The Dutch-taught specialisations sometimes offer English courses. The three specialisations are: Creative Industries In this English-taught specialisation, you will come to understand the field that is buzzing with creativity: where art meets commerce, and where culture generates innovation and social cohesion. Tourism and Culture In this English-taught specialisation, you will combine historical, literary, art-historical and other disciplinary approaches to become an academic expert in cultural tourism. Kunstgeschiedenis (i.e. Art History) This specialisation delves into art, archaeology and architecture. Kunstbeleid en mecenaat (i.e. Arts Policy and Patronage) You’ll not only focus on the art pieces themselves in this specialisation but also the social significance of art and culture.... [-]


MA Theology and Religious Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time Part time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective. [+]

The master's programme in Theology and Religious Studies at Leiden University gives you the opportunity to explore a broad spectrum of religions and their manifestations from a comparative perspective.

A comparative approach

This one-year MA programme offers you the best of Leiden University, from outstanding teachers to world-class resources including its library's famous collections. A comparative approach is taken to the study of theories and concepts, which are applied to real-world empirical findings. Topics are explored from a wide range of disciplines from history to sociology.

Customise your degree

The multidisciplinary programme offers an expansive curriculum through which you can explore religion as well as tailor your degree to reflect your interests. You will be able to choose between two specialisations:... [-]


MA Russian and Eurasian Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia. [+]

The master's programme in Russian and Eurasian Studies draws on Leiden University's status as an international centre of expertise in the study of Russia and Eurasia.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

This one-year master’s programme explores Russia and the Eurasian world from the perspectives of language, literature and culture, or politics, history and economics. Leiden University's Faculty of Humanities has been studying Russia and the Slavic world since 1913. Scholars from around the world come to Leiden University to study and teach this fascinating field. During your studies, you will learn from our faculty members as well as visiting international scholars.... [-]


MA Philosophy (120EC)

Leiden University
Campus Full time Part time 2 - 4  February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The two-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University investigates the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge while cultivating your capacity for reason and sound argumentation. [+]

The two-year master's programme in Philosophy at Leiden University investigates the fundamental principles underpinning human knowledge while cultivating your capacity for reason and sound argumentation.

This demanding and high-level programme is ideal for students who wish to enhance their knowledge of a particular discipline with complementary understanding of its philosophical foundations combined with further honing of their analytical thinking skills. 

Five specialisations; five academic disciplines

The master in Philosophy offers you the choice of five specialisations: humanities, law, natural sciences, political science, and psychology. Each specialisation delves deep into the philosophical foundations and methodological approaches underpinning that discipline. Content incorporates the very latest academic theory and the field’s historical development across a number of branches of philosophy.... [-]


MA in North American Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Taking an integrated approach to the study of the United States, the master's programme in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas in U.S. history, culture, and literature, with special attention to the influence of the past on contemporary social, political and cultural developments. [+]

Taking an integrated approach to the study of the United States, the master's programme in North American Studies at Leiden University focuses on key areas in U.S. history, culture, and literature, with special attention to the influence of the past on contemporary social, political and cultural developments.

While the programme focuses on the U.S., you will also explore the role the U.S. plays in the region and in the world, as well as the impact of the region and the world on developments in the U.S.

Key areas of the programme

The key areas and major issues in the history, literature and culture of the U.S.that the programme explores in-depth include:

Slavery and African-American emancipation struggles; U.S. political history and international relations; Immigration and ethnicity; Identity and memory politics. ... [-]

MA Middle Eastern Studies (Research)

Leiden University
Campus Full time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's master's in Middle Eastern Studies (Research) offers you unmatched resources and expertise. [+]

Designed for high-achieving students, Leiden University's master's in Middle Eastern Studies (Research) offers you unmatched resources and expertise.

Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at Leiden University has a reputation for a breadth and depth of expertise that is unmatched in Europe. You can explore subjects that span virtually the entire Middle East both in time and geography.

Flexibility to construct your own programme

This two-year research master's programme allows you to freely combine subjects from seven focus areas: Turkish Studies; Arabic Studies; North African Studies; Persian Studies; Islam; Eastern Christianity; and Modern Middle Eastern Studies.... [-]


MA Middle Eastern Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way. [+]

The Middle Eastern Studies Department at Leiden University is among the largest of its kind in Europe and a leading centre for academic research. The master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies capitalises on this expertise in every way.

A brand new Arabic wall poem thanks to the celebration of 400 years Arabic in Leiden.

Learn from leading researchers in the field

When you choose the master’s programme in Middle Eastern Studies, you learn from internationally-respected academics. These active researchers bring you both in-depth knowledge on the most relevant topics in the field and the latest insights, often from their very own research.

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MA Media Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism. [+]

The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism.

Choose from four interdisciplinary specialisations

The master in Media Studies offers four specialisations. Each specialisation explores a different medium in-depth, including how it interrelates with other media forms. You will also get the opportunity to investigate the roots of this relatively new academic field.

An individual approach to learning

At Leiden University, you will learn from acclaimed scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Our lecturers are dedicated to ensuring you reach your goals during your studies. At Leiden, you also have world-class resources at your fingertips, from famous collections of original manuscripts and periodicals to one of the Netherland’s oldest photo collections.... [-]


MA Literary Studies (Research)

Leiden University
Campus Full time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 1 more

Based on the premise that the study of cultural objects and cultural practices is founded on a shared theoretical and methodological framework, this programme includes the study of media, art and literature. [+]

The two-year Literary Studies (research) master at Leiden University integrates the study of media, art history and literary theory to bring you a unique and relevant qualification.

Customise your degree

Create your own specialised area of expertise within the interdisciplinary master's programme in Literary Studies (research) at Leiden University. An expansive curriculum and flexible programme format give you the freedom to tailor your studies to reflect specific interests or career goals. Focus your studies on a medium, discipline, genre, or period in time. You will be able to study subjects and courses not available elsewhere.

Choose your research theme

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MA Literary Studies

Leiden University
Campus Full time Part time February 2018 Netherlands Leiden The Hague + 2 more

The MA in Literary Studies offers separate programmes in the literatures of English, French, German and Italian. [+]

The master's programme in Literary Studies at Leiden University offers you a specialised qualification in one of four languages and cultures or a comparative perspective on literature and culture, with each programme offering considerable scope for individual customisation.

Customise your degree

We believe that freedom plays an important role in unlocking potential. The master’s programme in Literary Studies has a high degree of flexibility to enable you to tailor the programme to your particular interests. Your curriculum could include a single or combined major and electives from other specialisations – even other master’s programmes. You are also free to go abroad for  a specific university course or an internship in order to deepen or widen your focus.... [-]