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MA in Creative Industries

Radboud University Humanities

Full time September MA Full-time: 1 year

About the course

Master's specialisation in Creative Industries

This course enables you to understand a field that is buzzing with creativity: where art meets commerce, and where culture generates innovation and social cohesion.

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Entry Requirements

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Creative Industries: Cultural Studies, Art History or a Bachelor's of Arts with at least 45 EC in Art History, Cultural Studies and/or Cultural Policy.
2. A proficiency in English:
a. A TOEFL score of ≥575 (paper based) or ≥90 (internet based), and all subscores ≥22
b. A IELTS score of ≥6.5, and all subscores ≥6.0
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


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

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Student Profile(s)


Creative Industries, or Cultural industries, is considered a new field of study in comparison with traditional ones like Economics or Medicine, for instance. This already makes Radboud a unique university. Besides, the programme has a particular approach to Fashion Studies which was the reason I had chosen this course.

I like the fact Nijmegen is considered the greenest city of the Netherlands, having all kinds of green areas spread around the city. Another impressive feature of Nimma is the diversity of cultural events. Apart from the two cinemas at the city centre, there are two huge concert halls, events such as international film festivals (GoShort and InScience), music festivals (Popronde), not to mention a couple of independent programmes that go on every day. I am also super excited to know ‘C’, the forthcoming culture hall that will be released in January 2018 at Radboud campus.


I was looking for a programme that would act as a bridge between my bachelor and other fields of study, so I was very excited to discover a newly explored field called 'Creative Industries'. The main two programmes worldwide that offer a specialisation on this field are located in London and in Nijmegen, precisely. The decision was easy for me; I figured a smaller city in the Netherlands would be a smoother transition, and I think I chose wisely.

I like the 'coziness' of the city, (and its sunsets, I must add!). The city centre is very lively and welcoming (as well as pretty), something that is greatly appreciated when you're new in town. What I love about my life here is how easy everything is!, you can do anything by bike, chill at the 'beach' anytime, or enjoy the parks or a beer with friends in a regular basis; it’s a very pleasant routine that makes my everyday outside my studies really enjoyable. My favourite spots in the city are the Arthouse Lux and Hotel Credible (they have the greatest nachos in town), and I love to walk by the little streets that go from Grote Markt to the river, they're full of cute design shops and great places to grab a bite. Also, if you're a jogging fan you can discover the city this way, great views assured!

Anna Petra Murniece

It is an interesting story that brought me to Nijmegen for my Master's studies. After finishing my Bachelor's, a friend from Latvia and me did a Leonardo da Vinci internship in Sicily. I remember this one evening, when I complained to my friend that there is no Master’s programme which covers the subjects I find interesting, like fashion, tourism and media. Some months later, this girl started her studies at Radboud and sent me a message saying: “Hey, Anna! Guess what? We will have a new Master's programme called Creative Industries that includes all subjects that you’re interested in. You should apply!” ...and so I did. Every time I tell this story, I still cannot believe it is possible. Things like this don’t happen without a reason, right?

I have three favourite courses: Tourism, Fashion and Creativity in Arts Education. All of them are very well-planned. Tourism course gives many new insights in the branding of places and cities. Think about the typical branding of Australia that is widely known as the place of sun, beaches and wild animals that you won’t find anywhere else. Or Paris not only as a very historical and beautiful city, but also as a fashion capital and place of sophisticated cuisine. We have several guest lecturers and we go to a tourism-related events like the vacation fair in Utrecht to do an assignment there. I really like the practical approach of the Tourism course, which allows us to talk to people from the field instead of simply reading an article and then write about it. The fashion course is interesting with the fact that we study fashion through philosophy: we apply philosophical concepts to fashion and see how they are applied within fashion industry. It demands a lot of analysing skills and critical thinking about things that you’ve probably never thought about before. Since my Master's thesis is related to fashion, this course gave me some very useful insights. Creativity in Arts Education is exciting because of the very enthusiastic professor and the actual field work, where you go to a school to interview arts teachers and observe their classes.

I would like to believe that my potential employer will see me as a valuable applicant due to my Radboud experience. Studying in an intercultural environment had a unique impact on me as an employee.


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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