Museums and Collections

The Master’s in Arts and Culture specialisation in Museums and Collections at Leiden University equips you with the skills and knowledge to play a key role in the future of museums and cultural institutions. Learn about the wide range of ethical, political and practical dilemmas facing museums today and the important potential solutions at hand.

Choose a Master’s in Museums and Collections at Leiden University:

  • Examine how the social functions of museums and collections are changing rapidly under political and economic pressure and the increasing overlap that exists between the traditional tasks of museum curators, departments of education, and management.
  • Understand in-depth the impact of globalisation and changing geopolitical relations on the status of cultural heritage, including political, legal and museological aspects. Study these issues within the context of the history and theory of collections and the cultural politics of museums and heritage.
  • Learn to think creatively about sustainable, broad-based solutions to the multiple challenges and issues generated by these changes.
  • Access unique resources at the expansive range of major museums, collections, libraries and research schools within easy reach of Leiden University.
  • Equip yourself 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 the art trade, journalism or public relations.

The Department of Arts and Culture also offers a two-year Research master’s programme.

Check out the programme in Museums and Collections

Master details

  • This is a specialisation of: Arts and Culture
  • Degree Master of Arts in Arts and Culture
  • Mode of study Full-time, part-time. Non-EU/EEA students must study full-time.
  • Duration 1 year
  • Start date September, February
  • Language of instruction English
  • Location Leiden
  • Croho/isat code 60087

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