MA Art History

University of Groningen
Program overview
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
01 September 2024

01 September 2024

About this program

MA Art History

The MA Art History & Curatorial Studies is a vibrant master Program that attracts students from all over the globe. It teaches students to become intellectually thorough, socially engaged, and professionally successful art historians.

The Program combines a rigorous, research driven curriculum with hands-on experience in curatorial practice, working closely together with stakeholders in museums, galleries, alternative art spaces, and heritage institutions. It offers courses on early modern , modern and contemporary art, while also highlighting transhistorical and transcultural means. The program includes courses on artistic research in collaboration with the art academy, and explores contemporary conservation issues with a view to eco-critical approaches in art history. All students will go on an excursion to a major European city (Berlin, Paris, Rome or Venice). Next to the MA thesis, small scale research tutorials allow students to work with individual professors, developing and strengthening their professional profile. On top of the Program, students can participate in summer schools, Erasmus exchange modules, and research activities, such as workshops and conferences offered by the faculty’s research institutes.

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Admission requirements

Dutch diploma

language test number - Additional English language requirement: a VWO diploma or a VWO certificate in English (grade 6 or higher), minimum TOEFL requirement iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 for all components), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 for all components). If you have a VWO diploma, you do not need to submit a language test.

preliminary education -

Bachelor's degree in History

Students with a WO or HBO bachelor's degree in a related field (eg BA Arts, Culture and Media or HBO art education or broad minor package Art History) can be admitted. To do so, they should contact the Art History Admissions Committee.

International diploma

language test number - Students with a WO or HBO bachelor's degree in a related field (eg BA Arts, Culture and Media or HBO art education or broad minor package Art History) can be admitted. To do so, they should contact the Art History Admissions Committee.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Art History Now: Theory, Method, Historiography
  • Collections & Artefacts
  • Media, Materials, Makers: Arts and/as Research
  • Museums: The Making-Of
  • Excursion
  • Master Thesis: Curatorial & Museum studies (20 EC, facultatief)
  • Master Thesis: Early Modern European Art / Modern & Contemporary Art (15 EC, facultatief)
  • Research Internship
  • Tutorial: Research expertise
  • Museum Internship: Curatorial & Museum studies

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please visit the university website for more information.


  • Tuition fees for EU/EEA Students: € 2,314 per year
  • Tuition fees for Non-EU/EEA Students: € 16,000 per year


Credits: 60 ECTS

MA in Arts & Culture

Continuing studies

After you have graduated the MA track Art History, you can officially call yourself an art historian. Your title shows you have completed a versatile degree program, where you have acquired a lot of knowledge of works of art, artists, their clients, the professional field, practice, and the public. Your job opportunities after completing this degree are very diverse. Traditionally, our graduates work in museums, where they look after the collections, curate exhibitions, and put together educational material. On the other hand, they often work in the media, for art-oriented shows, write art critiques or work for a publishing house. Art historians are also active in municipal, provincial or government departments, in policy or executive positions, for example in heritage management. Particularly in the last couple of years, there has been an increased interest in cultural-historical heritage and its social significance (cultural tourism).

Career paths

Art is in general of great importance to our contemporary society, as museums are taken by storm on a daily basis. Depending on your own interests and specialization, your job prospects are varied, therefore it is only natural that graduates in the field of Ancient, Modern and Contemporary art end up in varying professions.

Job examples

  • Gallery owner
  • Art Consultant
  • Policy officer Culture at (local) government
  • Curator
  • Museum Educator
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Exhibition maker
  • Employee auction house
  • Journalist
  • Purchaser company collections
  • Editor
  • Lecturer
  • Cultural-historical tourism
  • Conservator-Restorer
  • Monument care
  • Scientific Employee

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University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands, founded in 1614 and it ranks amongst the top 100 universities in the world. We are a research-intensive institution offering a wide range of highly regarded bachelor, master...

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Study at one of the world’s leading universities. Learn from the best and take advantage of exciting research opportunities. Live in a vibrant city where over a quarter of the population are students. Whatever you’re seeking from your university experience, you’ll find it in Groningen. With over 45 world-class Bachelor’s programmes and 160 highly-ranked Master’s programmes, we have a field of study for you.

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As a student, you will be actively involved in research at one of Europe’s top research institutions from the get-go. The University of Groningen carries out ground-breaking and socially-relevant research that builds bridges between disciplines and closes the gap between science and society.

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The University of Groningen is the second oldest university in the Netherlands and has built a reputation for excellence. Many talented people have passed through the university during its rich 400-year history, including Nobel Prize winners like Ben Feringa (Chemistry, 2016) and Frits Zernike (Physics, 1953). Some have been pioneers in their respective fields, such as the first female University student and the first female lecturer in the Netherlands, the first Dutch astronaut and the first president of the European Bank.

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The University of Groningen attracts a large international community! Our Erasmus Student Network (ESN) conveniently facilitates all international students in Groningen and organizes over 150 activities a year. The University of Groningen has strong international connections which means that you can easily spend part of your degree studying abroad. The University also offers several unique international Master’s degree programmes in cooperation with other large European universities.

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9712 GL Groningen
The Netherlands

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