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The award
MA

How long you will study
12 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
find out

International course fees
EUR 11500

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About Music, Theatre and Performance Studies at University of Groningen

This Master's programme offers a rich field of study which encompasses both emergent and historically established practices in music and the performing arts.

We highlight those phenomena which most impact theorganization, experience, and creative potentialof musical and theatre makers and audiences in the twentieth andtwenty first centuries. MA students examine thecurrent constitution of musical and theatricalorganizations, as well as the impact of broader processes suchas globalization, digitalization, urbanization,festivalisation, and mobility upon expandingforms of creativity. Because humans continue to shapecreative experience within cultural fields, thisspecialisation aims to uncover how musicand theatre remain relevant for understandingbroader relations between culture, society, and the arts.

We examine these and other processes inhistorical contexts and in our musicaland theatrical present, where economic crisis inrecording and performing industries has led tovast rearrangements of musical and theatrical labour andchanging conceptions of the public sphere.Because this program highlights the complexityof the contemporary popular music, art music, and theatre professional worlds, students enterarts professions with specialised knowledge andskills, which ensure that they arehighly employable.

This Master's programme offers a rich field of study which encompasses both emergent and historically established practices in music and the performing arts.

We highlight those phenomena which most impact theorganization, experience, and creative potentialof musical and theatre makers and audiences in the twentieth andtwenty first centuries. MA students examine thecurrent constitution of musical and theatricalorganizations, as well as the impact of broader processes suchas globalization, digitalization, urbanization,festivalisation, and mobility upon expandingforms of creativity. Because humans continue to shapecreative experience within cultural fields, thisspecialisation aims to uncover how musicand theatre remain relevant for understandingbroader relations between culture, society, and the arts.

We examine these and other processes inhistorical contexts and in our musicaland theatrical present, where economic crisis inrecording and performing industries has led tovast rearrangements of musical and theatrical labour andchanging conceptions of the public sphere.Because this program highlights the complexityof the contemporary popular music, art music, and theatre professional worlds, students enterarts professions with specialised knowledge andskills, which ensure that they arehighly employable.

After your studies

Job prospects

There are other employment possibilities such as a position by amedia company or for the advertisement and commercial field. Priorstudents have also begun their own successful arts organisations,advice bureaus, or research institutions in the field of arts,culture, and event organisations.

There are other employment possibilities such as a position by amedia company or for the advertisement and commercial field. Priorstudents have also begun their own successful arts organisations,advice bureaus, or research institutions in the field of arts,culture, and event organisations.

Job examples

  • Policy maker
  • Culture consultant
  • Managerial position in the professional field of the arts
  • Cultural critic

    A cultural critic has a specific interest in the institutionaland societal context of arts production, distribution andcreation.

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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 starts find outDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 11500

Entry requirements

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
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).

previous education

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a relatedfield, such as:

  • Arts Philosophy
  • Arts Sociology
  • Arts Policy
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
previous education

Bachelor's degree in Arts, Culture and Media or in a relatedfield, such as:

  • Arts Philosophy
  • Arts Sociology
  • Arts Policy
  • Film
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Literature

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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