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Museums and Collections (MA)

About the programme

Learn the newest insights from the researchers who uncover them.

During the Museums and Collections master's programme you will learn learn to think creatively about sustainable, broad-based solutions to the multiple challenges and issues facing museums today.

The programme consists of 60 EC, to be completed in one year. Part-time students complete the programme in 1.5 years, and have a course load of 20 EC per semester. Courses are scheduled during office hours.

The structure of the programme is the following:

  • Practices and Debates (5 credits)
  • Two Research Seminars from Museums and Collections (20 credits)
  • Free Component (10 credits)
  • Thesis Seminar (5 credits)
  • Thesis (20 credits)

Requirements for graduation are:

  • Successful completion of courses, following the structure of the programme (40 EC)
  • Successful completion of MA Thesis (20 EC)

You will need to complete at least 45 EC within your field of specialisation:

  • Two research seminars from Museums and Collections (20 credits)
  • Thesis seminar (5 EC)
  • Thesis (20 EC).
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Self-study
  • Field trips/excursions
  • Internship options
  • Thesis
  • Exams
  • Peer feedback and assessment
  • Essays, reports and final thesis
  • Oral presentations

During your studies in Arts and Culture you can take advantage of Leiden’s close proximity to a network of major museums, collections, libraries and research schools, giving you access to a range of unique texts and works of art. These include, among many others:

  • Museum Volkenkunde/Nationaal Museum voor Wereldculturen
  • Boerhaave Museum: The Museum for the History of Science
  • RMO: The National Museum of Antiquities
  • Lakenhal
  • Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
  • Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
  • Haags Gemeentemuseum
  • Mauritshuis
  • Museum Voorlinden
  • Fotomuseum

Latest research

All courses are taught by academics who are active researchers. Content is regularly updated to reflect contemporary academic debates and the very latest insights – in particular from the research conducted by lecturers on the programme.

Develop essential skills in reasoning and critical thinking, as well as advanced abilities in independently conducting high-quality scientific research and developing this data into an academic dissertation.

For a detailed programme, see the Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.

Arthur Crucq

University Lecturer

Arthur Crucq

"In Museums and Collections, central to our approach at Leiden is looking at all the ethical, political and practical issues that are at stake within museums, you can think for instance about objects that were once collected in former colonies, which have issues of repatriation. This touches upon ethical, practical and political issues. In this programme you will learn to understand the museum of the 21st century in all its aspects. There are plenty of opportunities to learn about the history of museums and the history of collecting within the track."

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