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The award

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study

Course starts
February, September

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Curatorial Studies at University of Groningen

Are you interested in the profession of curator? And are you looking for a programme that offers the practical experience necessary to pursue a successful curatorial career? Then apply to our programme!

In addition to offering courses in curatorial practice and theory, Curatorial Studies in Art History provides excellentstudents with an internship in a museum in the Netherlands orabroad.  

Curatorial Studies in Art History is a one-year programme. Weoffer excellent students of the master's track in Art History anadditional semester-long internship. Our programme aims for anintegration of early modern and modern and contemporary art, whilealso offering more period-specific courses. Our faculty includesthe director of the Groninger Museum, Andreas Blühm, whoteaches a course on the theory and practice of making exhibitionsfor all curatorial students. The following institutions regularlyoffer internships to our students: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen inRotterdam, Museum Catharijneconvent en het Centraal Museum inUtrecht, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Museum De Lakenhal inLeiden, the Groninger Museum, the Fries Museum in Leeuwarden, FransHals Museum | De Hallen in Haarlem, the Stedelijke Musea Brugge,and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

Please note: Curatorial Studies is a specialization within theMaster's track Art History. You apply for the Master track ArtHistory (Degree in Arts and Culture).

Ben je geïnteresseerd in het beroep van conservator? En wil je concrete ervaring opdoen in dit vakgebied? Kies dan voor de Conservatorenopleiding.

Deze specialisatie biedt je de kans om niet alleen gedegeninzicht te krijgen in de museale wereld maar ook tijdelijk werkzaamte zijn in een belangrijk museum in Nederland of België.

De Conservatorenopleiding is een eenjarig programma, met demogelijkheid op een aansluitende stage van een half jaar. Tijdenshet masterjaar kun je een studiepad oude kunst of moderne enhedendaagse kunst volgen en leer je van alles over de achtergrondenvan musea en de werkzaamheden van conservatoren. Daarnaast krijg jede kans om na het masterjaar een betaalde stage van zes maanden tevolgen bij een van de musea die participeren in deConservatorenopleiding: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam,Museum Catharijneconvent en het Centraal Museum in Utrecht, hetRijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden, hetGroninger Museum, het Fries Museum in Leeuwarden en de MuseaBrugge.

Let op: de Conservatorenopleiding Kunstgeschiedenis is eenspecialisatie binnen de mastertrack Kunstgeschiedenis, MA Kunst- enCultuurwetenschappen. Je meldt je dus aan voor de mastertrackKunstgeschiedenis.

After your studies

Job prospects

Our individualized attention to students, rigorous courses, andinternship provide exceptional preparation for a museum career, notonly as a curator but also as a museum educator. Our programme alsocaters to the profession of the independent curator.

Dankzij de praktijkervaring die je tijdens je stage opdoet enhet gedurende deze periode opgebouwde netwerk kun je je positie opde arbeidsmarkt versterken. Je bent hierdoor meer gekwalificeerddan met een gewone master Kunstgeschiedenis voor een functie alsconservator in opleiding of assistent- conservator, of bijvoorbeeldals educatief medewerker.

Uiteraard zijn er buiten de musea ook andere instellingen vankunst en cultuur waarvoor de ervaring die je reeds hebt opgedaaneen voordeel kan zijn.

Job examples

  • Conservator in een museum, medewerker educatie of marketing in een museum
  • Medewerker bij een andersoortige instelling van kunst en cultuur
  • Museum curator
  • Museum educator
  • Independant curator
  • Marketing and communication in the cultural industry
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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
    Course startsFebruary, SeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Notes about fees for this course


€ 2060 per year


€ 11500 per year

Entry requirements

Bachelor-Master connections

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Art HistoryUniversity of GroningenNo additional requirements

Admission requirements

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language test

Minimum language requirements of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of21 on all items), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items).ERK level B2 (preferably C1).

other admission requirements

Selection for the Curatorial Programme takes place at the end of the first semester among students of the master's track in ArtHistory. For more information contact Joost Keizer (

Admission requirements

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previous education

Bachelordiploma Kunstgeschiedenis.

Studenten met een WO- of HBO-bachelordiploma in een verwanterichting kunnen misschien worden toegelaten. Dit moet beoordeeldworden door de toelatingscommissie Kunstgeschiedenis. Neem voormeer informatie contact op met de studieadviseur mw. F. Nijp,

other admission requirements

Studenten die deze specialisatie willen volgen, moeten zichinschrijven voor de MA Kunst- en Cultuurwetenschappen, envervolgens de richting 'Kunstgeschiedenis' kiezen. Vanuit deopleiding wordt in augustus geïnventariseerd wie deConservatorenopleiding gaat volgen. Studenten kunnen daarnaast eenmail sturen aan dr. J. Keizer:, om telaten weten dat zij de specialisatie willen volgen.

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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