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Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education

Basic information
Name of programme (original language)
Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education
Cultural Heritage Area
Dissemination and Communication
Planning and Management
Programme description

The master's programme Arts and Heritage, Policy, Management and Education, which you can choose to follow in English or Dutch, examines the concepts of ‘arts’ and ‘heritage’ as expressions of both past and present culture. You will develop insights into how the meanings, values and usages of art and heritage have transformed throughout modern history. You will also develop the knowledge and skills set needed to critically assess and contribute to the accessibility, diversity, authenticity and sustainability of current and future arts and heritage practices. You will investigate current challenges and opportunities in the field of arts and heritage suchs as decolonialism, the changing role of experts and expert knowledge, public participation, financialisation and digitalisation from an interdisciplinarity approach.

Is the programme a joint degree programme?
Double degree
Joint delivery
Does the E&T programme lead to a formal qualification?
Name of the qualification (English)
MA Master of Arts
Name of the qualification (Original language)
MA Master of Arts
Education category (HE/VET/HE-VET)
Higher Education (HE)
Education format
Programme Type
Continuing Education and Training (CET)
Academic degree
One time event or regular basis
Programme takes place on a regular basis
September intake
Last time it the programme took place (start date)
Number of annual graduates of the programme
Statistics / Formal status
Core function
Supplementary functions
R&D and Education
Governance and Policy-making
Characterization of the E&T programme
Credit system
ECTS credits
Student work load (hours)
Contact hours
Contact hours comments

As with many Maastricht University programmes, this programme is taught using Problem-Based Learning (PBL). In tutorial groups of 12 to 15 students, you will seek solutions to concrete ‘problems’ taken from situations involving current issues in arts and heritage. Instructors act as facilitators, giving help as it is needed. This allows you to develop the independence and problem-solving skills that you will need in the field, such as the ability to:

  • Evaluate and structure information
  • Present your viewpoint
  • Work in an international team
  • Conduct and chair discussions
  • Negotiate
  • Formulate a working plan to deal with a problem at hand

You will also participate in seminars and guest lectures, in which experts discuss their knowledge of specific facts, concepts and theories as well as their experiences in professional practice.

Trips to art institutions, heritage sites, museums and government agencies will enable you to widen your experience with professional practice and to apply what you have learned in the Arts and Heritage curriculum. Maastricht is ideally located for study trips in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France.

Study format
Are there access requirements?
Access requirements Description

For the master's programme in Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education enrolment takes place on the basis of your quality and suitability. For this your motivation, previous education and your (professional) experience are important.

You qualify for admission if you have a bachelor's degree from a relevant academic field in the humanities or social sciences such as history, art history, sociology, social anthropology, archeology, heritage studies, cultural economy, cultural studies, political science or liberal arts.

Excellent students with a relevant university of applied sciences degree (e.g. HBO/Hochschule), or an academic BA or BSc Bachelor in a field that does not grant direct admission into this programme, can follow a pre-master year. Once successfully completed, this will then guarantee you access to the programme in Arts and Heritage.

As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English.

During the application process for this study programme you will need to complete a number of tasks for which you will often have to upload documents. The list below gives you an insight into what documents you will (and might) need to prepare.

Required documents for all applicants to this study programme

  • A recent passport picture*
    The passport picture must satisfy certain requirements.
  • A copy of your passport or your EU/EEA identity card*
    Make a copy of the page with your personal details. Save this copy as ‘passport copy’ and not as ‘passport picture’. Your passport must be valid on 1 September 2023.
  • A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified bachelor’s or master’s diploma if you have obtained it
    If you have not graduated yet, you can upload your official grades transcript from your bachelor's or master’s programme.
  • Your Curiculum Vitae
  • Please list your education, relevant extracurricular activities and internship/professional experience.
  • A motivation letter
    Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme. The motivation letter should be between 800 – 1,200 words.
  • A writing sample
    All candidates should provide proof of sufficient academic writing/research skills. The Board of Admissions asks the candidate to submit an independently-written research paper of at least 2,000 words (excluding the footnotes and reference list) on a relevant topic. You can use a paper from earlier studies or another occasion. The submitted work should be written in English.
Teaching language
Programme learning outcomes

Employers in the arts and heritage sector often look for a combination of a general arts and culture background with a specialisation in cultural policy, management or education. As a graduate of Arts and Heritage, this will be you.

As a graduate of this programme, you will also possess professional, analytical and other academic skills that employers are looking for. As well as this you will know how to answer questions regarding the policy, appreciation, interpretation, use, conservation, education and management of arts and heritage in a meaningful way.

Is there a mandatory (external) practical training?
Mode of delivery of education / training
Tuition cost

Academic year 2023/24

  • The statutory fee for this programme is: € 2,314
  • The institutional fee for this programme is: € 16,000
Are grants available?
Description of available grants