Masters degrees in Dutch & Flemish Culture offer advanced study of the customs, traditions and societal and cultural institutions originating from, or associated with, the Netherlands and Flanders (Dutch-speaking Belgium).
Related subjects include Dutch Studies, and Dutch & Flemish Languages & Literature. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Cultural Studies or Languages and Literature.
The Cultures of the Netherland and Belgium encompass a large geographical area due to their crossover between both the locations and the practices of Germanic and Latin Europe. There are great variations in languages, beliefs, customs, and traditions, with influences predominantly from France and Germany
As such, these geographical locations make for interesting postgraduate research. For example, you may analyse how Flanders, in Belgium, is a predominantly Dutch-speaking community, thus holding many cultural ties with the Netherlands.
Alternatively, you might scrutinise the independent customs of the Netherlands, and the country’s attitudes surrounding egalitarianism, independence and individualism, and how these values are embedded into social and economic practise.
Careers in this field may include international relations and foreign policy, public relations and journalism, heritage management, or academia.