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Tuition Fees (2016/17)
£9,020 (FT) £4,510 (PT)
£18,670 (FT) £9,285 (PT)
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

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Dutch Studies: Language, Culture and History MA

This flexible programme combines in-depth exploration of the Dutch language area, comprising the Netherlands, Flanders, Suriname and the Dutch Caribbean, with practical acquisition of linguistic and intercultural skills and a range of specialisations in translation, literature, history and culture in the Low Countries, all in a global perspective.


What will I learn?

The Dutch Studies MA, unique in the UK, consist of a core module offering a choice of themes and concepts - Post-Colonialism, Memory, Collective Identities and Trauma - and options in Dutch literature, culture, history and society. It offers the opportunity to acquire and improve Dutch language skills as part of its regular programme, along with the methods, concepts and theories essential for the intercultural labour market.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Dutch is the largest Centre for Low Countries Studies in the Anglophone world. It was here that Dutch first attained the status of a serious academic discipline and a chair in Dutch has been occupied almost continuously since 1919. In both teaching and research the department is an internationally recognised centre for excellence.

UCL Dutch has one of the largest Dutch libraries outside of the Low Countries and hosts an annual Writer-in-Residence as well as regular research seminars by visiting lecturers and professors from the Netherlands and Flanders, together with exchange students ensuring close contact between the department and the Dutch-speaking countries.

UCL's central location offers students easy access to London's extraordinary resources, including the major collection of Dutch and Flemish Art in the National Gallery, the Courtauld Institute of Art, and the Warburg Institute, among many others. The cultural offerings of the Dutch Centre Austin Friars, Flanders House, and the Dutch and Belgian embassies and associations, and a wealth of exhibitions, films and theatrical performances are all nearby.

Student / staff ratios › 52 staff › 120 taught students › 18 research students


Under the Language, Culture and History MA, UCL Dutch offers a comprehensive and intensive module of interdisciplinary study in the history and culture of the Low Countries. It also provides training in subject-specific and generic research skills, geared towards preparation for doctoral research.

All MA programmes should add up to 180 credits. They can be taken as Taught or Research-Intensive Pathways, details are given below.

Taught Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (60 credits) and 90 credits-worth of other modules, at least 60 credits of which must be chosen from the language-specific pathway.

Research-Intensive Pathway

You will take the core course (30 credits), the dissertation (90 credits) and 60 credits-worth of modules from the language-specific pathway.

Compulsory Modules


Dutch Module Options

These MA modules are designed as an extension to an existing undergraduate course and students taking it will taught along with the undergraduates following that course. MA students following these modules will be provided with five extra 'dedicated' seminars covering material not featured in the undergraduate modules. The examination of these modules, and the assessment for them, are different from the examination and assessment of the undergraduate modules.

Elective modules offered as part of the MA Language Culture and History programme may be withdrawn in the event of low uptake.

Other Module Options

With the agreement of the Programme Director, students may combine their interests in Dutch Studies with other areas or subjects taught across the various MA programmes.  Students may choose from:



Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Good

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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How to apply

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is unique in the UK. It is suitable for students with a first degree or equivalent with an interest in Dutch language, history, culture and society, or the impact Dutch had or continues to have in the world. Reading knowledge of Dutch is required, but this can also be improved as part of the programme.

Application deadlines
All applicants
29 July 2016
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Dutch Studies at graduate level
  • why you want to study Dutch Studies at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of a challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.



As labour market intelligence by the University Council for Modern Languages (2011) points out, Dutch is one of the five most requested languages in the UK job adverts, ahead of Russian and even Chinese! This is due to the close economic and cultural ties between the Netherlands, Flanders and the UK. Moreover, the report points out that even if your trading partners speak English well, it still pays to speak their language, having developed intercultural skills as taught by UCL Dutch.

As graduates with Dutch are rare this makes for a very vibrant employment situation, even in times of economic crisis. There is demand for graduates who can help overcome the shortage of teachers of Dutch and translators from Dutch into English. The demand for teachers is from adult education institutes and increasingly from higher and secondary education; in the case of translators it comes from Dutch, Belgian and European institutions, from translation agencies and from business.

Top career destinations for this programme
  • Dutch Language Teacher, CLIC Indonesia (2011)
  • Activenet Coordinator, Alberta Gymnastic Federation Canada (2011)

The programme, unique to the UK, will be of interest both to those who wish to enhance their knowledge of Dutch culture for professional purposes – in the field, for example, of education, media, commerce and tourism – as well as to students wishing to pursue their studies to a doctoral level.