Museums and Collections (MA)
In the MA Museums and Collections at Leiden University you will learn about the ethical, political and practical dilemmas that affect museums today.
Please note: the last start date for this programme is February 2022. From September 2022 the MA Arts and Culture offers these two new specialisations:
Why study Museums and Collections at Leiden University?
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.
Explore the impact of current issues on museums and heritage
You will gain an understanding of the impact of globalisation and the changing geopolitical relations on the status of cultural heritage, including political, ethical, legal and museological aspects. You will study these issues within the context of the history and theory of collections and the cultural politics of museums and heritage.
Access unique resources
Access unique resources at the expansive range of major museums, collections, libraries and research schools within easy reach of Leiden University. At the end of the programme you will be ready for an exciting career in a range of roles in institutions including museums, galleries, (art) libraries and archives, as well as in the media sector or within journalism.
Museums and Collections degree
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).