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MA Thesis Arts and Culture


Admission requirements

Before they can start working on their thesis students must have accomplished the following courses:

For students who enrol in September:

  • Practices and Debates in Art History (5 ec);

  • One research seminar from the chosen specialization (10 ec);

  • Reading list exam (5 ec).

For students who enrol in February:

  • One research seminar from the chosen specialization (10 ec);

  • Free component (10 ec) or a research seminar (10 ec);

  • Reading list exam (5 ec).


The thesis poses a scholarly question within the framework of the broader academic debates of the field. In consultation with the thesis advisor, the student decides on a topic for this thesis project, as well as on central research questions and source material. The work will be completed step by step throughout the semester: outline and bibliography, a single chapter, first complete draft, and final version. On the completion of the thesis, students present and discuss in a final exam issues involved in their research, as well as the methodology used.


Not applicable. A number of thesis seminars will be organised for some of the specialisations. See the Arts and Culture website.

Assessment method

The thesis for the MA Arts and Culture programme contains a maximum of 17,000 words excluding notes, bibliography and appendices.

The thesis is supervised by a lecturer attached to the Department of Art History and who possesses expertise in the relevant field. The thesis is judged by two lecturers involved in the program and a public oral examination.

Required reading

In consultation with your supervisor.


Students don’t have to register for the thesis via uSis, but they need to fill out the Thesis Registration Form.

Contact information

Please contact your thesis supervisor or the coordinator of studies.