Pre-master Arts and Culture

Are you a University of Applied Sciences student looking to obtain a university Master's degree? Or is your bachelor’s study insufficient for admission to the master’s programme of your choice?

If you do not satisfy the admission requirements of the Master's programme you may be able to enrol in a Pre-master's course year. If you successfully complete this Pre-master's programme, then you can start the Master's programme in the subsequent academic year.


Who is the Pre-master's course for?

You can also choose to apply directly to the Pre-master's programme of academic year 2023-2024. For admission to the Pre-master's course you must have either a relevant bachelor's degree from a university of applied sciences or another BA or BSc title that does not grant direct admission into the master's programme. You also have to satisfy the language requirements. The admissions committee of the programme will decide whether you are admitted.

Pre-master courses Arts and Culture*

The programme is composed of key courses taken from the Bachelor Arts and Culture. You will gain a foundational knowledge in the field of study, get acquainted with problem based learning (PBL). And you will also train skills like speaking in English in public.
The MA Arts and Culture has three specialisations: Arts and Heritage, Contemporary Literature and Arts, and Modern Political Culture. In your Pre-master, you have choice options that will prepare you for one of these specialisations.

Students who have successfully completed the Pre-master’s programme of 60 credits (ECTS) will be granted admission to any of the three specialisations in the Arts and Culture master’s programme.

Period Code Title Credits



Arts and Culture: Policy and Politics

Introduction Academic Skills



Choose 1 of 3:


Museum meanings
Crucial Differences in the 21st Century
Ruling Europe: the Making and Unmaking of 
Political orders after the French revolution


  PMG1001 Academic Writing for Pre-masters 1


Paper Arts and Culture




Art, Literature and Technoscience


Choose 1 of 3:

Analysing Arts II
Research Methods: Advanced Document Analysis
Research Methods: Interviewing



Skill ACU2509

Power and Democracy

Doing Conceptual Analysis II



any period ALS9010 Literature exam 5

 Detailed content of the pre-master courses 2022-2023 (Pdf).* This programme overview might still be subject to change.

Please note: 
The language of instruction and examination is English. Students may choose to take an exam in Dutch, but need to indicate this before the start of each course.


Besides the general requirements:

  • A recent passport picture
  • A copy of your valid passport or your EU/EEA identity card (valid on 1 September 2023)
  • A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified diploma 

All candidates should meet the additional requirements:

1. Submit proof of a bachelor's degree

All candidates must provide proof of having obtained a bachelor's degree in a relevant academic field with a good overall result (a certified copy of your diploma, including the supplement and associated list of grades). If you have not yet graduated you can upload your official lists of grades from your bachelor's programme.

2. Submit your curriculum vitae

All candidates must provide a cv. Please list your education, relevant extracurricular activities and internship/professional experience.

3. Write a letter of motivation

All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this Pre-master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme.

4. Submit a writing sample

All candidates should provide proof of sufficient academic writing/research skills. The Board of Admissions asks the candidate to submit an independently-written research paper of at least 2,000 words (excluding the footnotes and reference list) on a relevant topic. You can use a paper from earlier studies or another occasion. The submitted work should be written in English.

5. Demonstrate proficiency in English

The language requirements below (for our FASoS Master's programmes) also apply to the Pre-master's programmes.

Language requirements for English-language master's programmes

As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English.

 Click here to find out if you meet the language requirements.

Non-EEA students must pay a €100 handling fee

Non-EEA students who apply for this pre-master's programme will have to pay a handling fee. Your application will not be taken into consideration without the required fee of €100 (excl. bank costs) which you will have to pay when you apply.
The handling fee is to cover certain administrative costs in relation to your application.         

Application for and admission to the Pre-master's programme

Registration can be done via Studielink as of 1 October 2022:

  • In Studielink, select ‘Maastricht University’ in the first drop-down menu (‘Educational institution).
  • Do not select anything in the other drop-down menus (Type of study programme, Academic load, Main language).
  • Type ‘Pre-master Arts and Culture’ in the search field. You can now select the Pre-master Arts and Culture in the result overview.

Application deadlines: Non-EU/EEA and EU/EEA-students: up to and including 1 June 2023.


Acceptance or rejection to the Pre-master

After the Admission Board has decided on your application, you will receive an email regarding acceptance or rejection to the Pre-master year.

The study fee for this programme is €2,314 (for EU and non-EU students). For more information, see the enrolment provisions (art. 28).