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MA in Art and Visual Culture (Research)

Radboud University Humanities

Full time September MA Full-time: 2 years

About the course

Master's specialisation in Art and Visual Culture

Learning how to make new discoveries that will contribute to a better understanding of the historical and social significance of works of art, artefacts and other cultural products from classical antiquity to the present.

Art is an expression of the human spirit. The study of art deals with cultural, social, religious, political and aesthetic meaning in the time it was created, the present and the eras in between. Think of how the Greek mythology of Narcissus – who has been portrayed in countless sculptures and paintings over the ages – was used by Freud to name a psychological disorder and is today used by politicians to symbolise the flaws of modern society. And think of how the destruction of art, be it by Byzantine iconoclasts,

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Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Art History, Cultural Studies or Greek and Latin languages and cultures or related area.
2. A proficiency in English
a. A TOEFL score of ≥600 (paper based) or ≥100 (internet based)
b. A IELTS score of ≥7.0
c. A Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) with a grade of C or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with a grade of C
3. Motivation letter in English
4. Letter of reference


€2,168 (from EEA countries); €16,000 (from non-EEA countries).

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Student Profile(s)

Anna Borunova

About the program: The two years spent at Radboud University have changed and enriched my life. I got a chance to attend intellectually stimulating classes and learn to carry out academic research. The university atmosphere was very inspiring to me, and it constantly encouraged me to broaden my intellectual horizons and search for exciting topics and unusual approaches.

Challenges and obstacles: Some of the courses were especially challenging in terms of reading materials and theoretical concepts. However, I believe that this is one of the cornerstones of the master's programme. It is sometimes necessary to push yourself to the intellectual limits in order to make progress.

Thesis: My thesis explores the architectural miniatures depicting mass housing projects built in the Cold War period.

Plans after receiving a degree: I believe in the necessity of art and cultural research in contemporary society and I would like to work on exhibitions that will create new ways of seeing and thinking about works of art, architecture and environments.

Helen Verploegen

What do you like about this programme?
The programme gave me a lot of independence over my own learning and stimulated interdisciplinarity. I was already used to this from my Bachelor so it was great to continue that here. I especially liked how you get to put together your own curriculum with courses from research schools and other universities or faculties. This gives you the chance to learn a lot and also explore new territories. However, it also means that there is a lot of responsibility in your own hands, which can be challenging sometimes. To get the most out of the programme you have to take initiative and be on top of your learning process. Luckily your tutor and the student advisor should be there to advise you when you get stuck or things are unclear.

What do you think about the atmosphere in class?
In most courses of the Master we were together with students from the other specialisations. This creates a nice interdisciplinary atmosphere where you can really learn from each other. Most of the teaching staff is very open and happy to help with your work and stimulates you to think about your future career, although you should not be.

What is your thesis about?
I just finished my research training at the Radboud's Institute for Science in Society and Sovon (Dutch Centre for Field Ornithology). Here I worked on an independent project, analysing how nature enthusiasts and volunteers contribute to knowledge about bird biodiversity through online portals. Currently, I am writing my thesis on a similar topic, combining environmental humanities and digital humanities to investigate how bird biodiversity is represented digitally and what this means for the way we experience and remember nature.

Why do you think is it important that there are people out there with this degree? What are your plans once have received your Master's degree?
I strongly believe that the biggest take away from this programme is that you can stand on your own two feet as a scholar. You learn to be responsible for your own learning, get familiar with interdisciplinary methods and develop critical thinking skills. After I finish my master I am planning to start a PhD where I can hopefully continue my work on the representation of (bird) biodiversity loss in cultural productions.


The Radboud Scholarship Programme is a very selective scholarship programme. It offers talented, highly motivated, non-EEA students with outstanding study results the opportunity to be awarded a scholarship for a complete English-taught Radboud University Master’s degree programme.

Scope of the programme
Each year 12 full scholarships and about 25 partial scholarships are awarded within the Radboud Scholarship Programme for the duration of one of the English taught Master's degree programmes (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint-degree Master's programmes, and the Master's programme in Theology (3year)).

Full scholarships
A full scholarship covers the tuition fee of €16,000/€16,500 and living costs of €10,800 (as set by the IND, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalisation Service, for 2021/2022).

Partial scholarships
A partial scholarship will reduce your tuition fee to € 2,168. For example: a grant holder in 2021/2022 will pay a tuition fee of only €2,168, instead of €16,000/€16,500.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Full scholarships (tuition and living) and partial scholarships (legal instead of institutional tuition fees)


You will be eligible to apply for a Radboud Scholarship if you:
- hold a non-EU/EEA passport
- are not eligible for the lower EEA tuition fee for other reasons
- have (will obtain) a Bachelor's degree achieved outside the Netherlands
- meet the English language proficiency requirement for the Master's programme of your choice
- have been (will be) fully admitted to the English-taught Master's degree programme starting 1 September

Application Procedure

You can apply by indicating during your application for admission for a Master's programme at Radboud University that you wish to apply for a Radboud Scholarship. You will then be requested to upload three additional documents: two reference letters and a curriculum vitae, if you have not already done so for the Master's programme application.

The selection for the scholarship and the admission to the Master's programme are two separate processes: admission to the Master's programme does not imply selection for the scholarship.

Further Information

Grant amounts for one year courses:
The grant will be paid in 11 monthly installments of € 1,250. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The residence permit will be arranged and paid for by Radboud University (approximately € 192). Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

Grant amounts for two year courses:
The grant for the first year of study will be paid in 12 monthly installments of € 1,250. International travel will be reimbursed to a maximum of € 900. The cost of the residence permit (approximately € 192) will also be covered. Tuition fees are not waived, and differ per programme.

The grant for a two year Master's will be available for both years of study, on the condition that sufficient progress is made and sufficient results have been achieved in the first year. If awarded for the second year, the second grant period will not exceed 11 monthly installments of € 1,250.

Value of Scholarship(s)

~€25000 per year


To qualify for a scholarship, applicants must have American nationality, have excellent academic marks, engage in extracurricular activities and be admitted to Radboud University Nijmegen.

Please note that U.S. students currently residing in the Netherlands will not be considered for any awards to the Netherlands. In addition, U.S. students with both U.S. and Dutch or European Union citizenship will not be considered.

Application Procedure

For more information please see our website.

Further Information

Through the Orange Tulip Scholarship (OTS) programme, Dutch higher education institutions offer incentive scholarships to attract highly qualified Brazilians to follow a study programme at Master's level. The scholarship is available for students from Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, Russia, South Africa and Vietnam.

Instead of the institutional tuition fees, non-EEA students pay the legal tuition fees (€2,168 in 2021/2022). Also, visa and residence permit costs, liability insurance and health insurance are covered.

Value of Scholarship(s)

legal instead of institutional tuition fees


For students from Brazil who study at Master's level at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

The application deadline for all Orange Tulip Scholarship Programmes is 1 March. You need to apply for the scholarship via the Nuffic Neso office in your country.  

Please note: you must also have completed your application for admission at Radboud University before 1 March 2020.

Further Information

The Holland Scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences. The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Ares (EEA) who wish to pursue a master’s degree in Holland.

The Holland Scholarship (HS) gives excellent students the opportunity to study at Radboud University  and is open to students with the following nationalities: Canadian, American (USA only), Colombian, Taiwanese and Turkish. All Radboud University’s English-taught Master’s programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship (with the exception of Erasmus Mundus Master's programmes, joint or double-degree Master's programmes and the Master's programme in Theology).

The scholarship amounts to € 5,000. You will receive this in the first year of your studies and it will be granted once only, even if you are enrolled in a two year programme.

The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You can find an indication of what international students should count on spending for one year of living and studying in the Netherlands, on our website.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000 euros


To be eligible for the Holland Scholarship selection, you

1. are holder of a non-EU/EEA passport and have one of the eligible nationalities (Canadian, American (USA only), Colombian, Taiwanese and Turkish)
2. are due to pay the tuition fee for non-EEA students and are not eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
3. don’t have a degree from a Dutch education institution nor study in the Netherlands already
4. meet the specific requirements for admission to the Master’s Programme of your choice and for enrollment at Radboud University.

Application Procedure

You apply for the scholarship by indicating during your application for admission for a Master’s programme that you wish to apply for a Holland Scholarship. This means that the application for admission and the application for the scholarship are fully integrated.

The application deadline for the Holland Scholarship is 1 February 2018. Your application for the scholarship will only be processed if you have completed your application for a Master’s programme before February 1st as well.

You will be informed about the final decision by the International Office with respect to your application for a Holland Scholarship before 15 March 2018.

Further Information

The Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund aims to provide very promising students without sufficient financial means the opportunity to complete one of our (Research-) Master's programmes in the Faculty of Arts. Therefore, each academic year a number of supplementary scholarships are offered to international Masters students from outside the EU/EEA.

In the study year 2017/2018, six supplementary scholarships will be awarded to Radboud Scholarship Programme or Orange Tulip Scholarship recipients from one of the Master's programmes from the Faculty of Arts. The Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund consists of €2500 per student, paid in 10 instalments throughout the academic year. The scholarship will be awarded for the whole duration of the academic studies.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2500 Euros


Eligible students must be from a country outside the EU/EEA, have been admitted to a (Research-) Master`s programme at the Faculty of Arts, and been selected as a candidate for either the Radboud Scholarship Programme or the Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme.

Application Procedure

Application for the Radboud Faculty of Arts Study Fund is linked to the Radboud Scholarship Programme or Orange Tulip Scholarship. Applications can be completed via our online portal and must be completed before 1 April.

Further Information

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