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The award
MA

How long you will study
24 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

All study options

About Cultural Leadership at University of Groningen

Culture and heritage are the sinews of a society. In an era marked by rapid change, ambitious and critical cultural leaders are required to foster the cultural core of a sustainable society.

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation andtransmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education across generations is therefore a key responsibility for a sustainable society. In our modern society, culture has to benegotiated as it is shaped by digitisation and new media, ethnicand cultural diversity, changing audiences and economiccircumstances, dwindling public funds, and a loss of sharedhistorical awareness. The mission of the Master's track CulturalLeadership is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain,both national and international, enabling them to carry cultureforward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner. The programme equips students with essential scholarly expertise andanalytical and strategic skills.

The Master's track Cultural Leadership:

  • is innovative: it prepares master students for a cultural fieldwhich quickly changes due to technological, pedagogical, political,and societal developments. It offers new methods and tools (e.g.,hands-on history, digital curating) to help rethink the culturalfield.
  • has a dual character: it combines theoretical andobject-oriented courses and a thesis with a six months researchtraineeship.
  • has a well-defined aim: to equip students with the knowledgeand skills to develop an inspiring, responsible, and realisticvision on how we can carry culture into the future.

Culture and heritage are the sinews of a society. In an era marked by rapid change, ambitious and critical cultural leaders are required to foster the cultural core of a sustainable society.

Culture defines humanity. Managing the valuation andtransmission of culture through policy, entrepreneurship, and education across generations is therefore a key responsibility for a sustainable society. In our modern society, culture has to benegotiated as it is shaped by digitisation and new media, ethnicand cultural diversity, changing audiences and economiccircumstances, dwindling public funds, and a loss of sharedhistorical awareness. The mission of the Master's track CulturalLeadership is to educate future leaders in the cultural domain,both national and international, enabling them to carry cultureforward in a critical, sustainable, and creative manner. The programme equips students with essential scholarly expertise andanalytical and strategic skills.

In order to broaden our students' outlook on their owncultures and provide them
with the opportunity to exchange ideas with peers, we have joinedforces with Roma Tre
University. In the second semester students spend three months inRome. The period ends
with a Spring School at the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome(KNIR).


After your studies

Job prospects

Cultural Leadership graduates find jobs as:

  • cultural entrepreneurs, designing, promoting, and organizingcultural events on a variety of scales: from (inter)nationalfestivals to regional and local projects;
  • cultural administrators, policy makers, and educators, workingon different levels of government, public foundations, andpedagogical institutions;
  • cultural media critics, working in print, audio visual, andelectronic media.

Cultural Leadership graduates find jobs as:

  • cultural entrepreneurs, designing, promoting, and organizingcultural events on a variety of scales: from (inter)nationalfestivals to regional and local projects;
  • cultural administrators, policy makers, and educators, workingon different levels of government, public foundations, andpedagogical institutions;
  • cultural media critics, working in print, audio visual, andelectronic media.
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Notes about fees for this course

EU/EEA

€ 2060 per year

non-EU/EEA

€ 11500 per year

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

A personal (video) interview is part of the selectionprocess.

grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Arts and Culture Studies
  • or any study related to the aforementioned programmes
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

other admission requirements

NB. We strongly advice you to start the programme inSeptember.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
assessment interview

A personal (video) interview is part of the selectionprocess.

grade list

Excellent academic record.

language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 100 (with a minimum of 25 onwriting skills) or IELTS 7 (with a minimum of 6.5 on all items).ERK level C1.

previous education

BA degree in:

  • Archaeology
  • History
  • Language and Culture Studies
  • Arts and Culture Studies
  • or any study related to the aforementioned programmes
reference letter

Two letters of recommendation from relevant experts.

other admission requirements

NB. We strongly advice you to start the programme inSeptember.

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