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Research Master Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)

Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)

The two-year Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis is dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of culture at large, including art, literature, cinema, and new media.

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An interdisciplinary analysis of culture

Since its beginnings in 2001, the Research Master's programme Cultural Analysis has rapidly gained a leading reputation in the field and is constantly attracting growing numbers of high-level applicants from around the world. The programme is dedicated to the interdisciplinary analysis of culture at large. Cultural phenomena such as works of art and literature, cinema and new media, popular culture, as well as social belief and value systems are examined and analysed. Emphasis is placed on textual, visual and historical details in the context of the social, political or aesthetic movements that underpin them. Their implied normativity and the ways in which identity, difference and otherness are negotiated across the cultural spectrum are questioned.

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Student profile

As a student in the Research Master’s programme in Cultural Analysis you will be expected to have the following knowledge, insight and skills:

  • You are able to conduct research independently and know how to formulate consistent and functional research questions, collect material, apply theory, and write a thesis.
  • You are familiar with conversations in a branch or branches of contemporary critical theory such as feminist theory, post- or decolonial studies, queer theory, environmental studies, posthumanism, cultural memory etc.  
  • You are interested in exploring the possibilities of the analysis of cultural objects from an interdisciplinary perspective. 

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Studying Cultural Analysis at the University of Amsterdam

The University of Amsterdam's (UvA) Cultural Analysis research programme is unique in the Netherlands and one of the leading programmes of its kind worldwide. Its curriculum reflects the research activities of the Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).

Degree certificate

Cultural Analysis is an accredited degree programme of Arts and Culture. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Arts and Culture and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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Cultural Analysis (Arts and Culture)
Degree programme Research MA Arts and Culture (research)
Type Regular study programme
Mode Full-time
Credits 120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction English
Starts in September
CROHO code 60829