International Programmes 2021/2022

Cultural Studies: Culture and Organisation (MA) Cultural Studies: Culture and Organisation (MA)

Leuphana University Lüneburg • Lüneburg

Master of Arts
Teaching language
  • English

Courses are held in English.

Programme duration
4 semesters
Winter semester
Application deadline

1 June for the following winter semester

Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Combined Master's degree / PhD programme
Joint degree / double degree programme

Are you interested in the relationship between culture, the arts and organisation? Do you want to get to know organisational and entrepreneurial practises in a variety of fields? Then our Master's programme in Culture and Organisation just might be right for you.

In this programme, you will learn about different aspects of organisations and organisation. You will analyse the organisation of art, culture and their institutions as well as the culturalisation of organisations. The programme will educate you in the history and methodology of cultural studies, the role of digital media in organisations and organisation, cultural entrepreneurship and much more. The theoretical knowledge is balanced with practical elements, such as museum excursions. In addition, elective modules allow you to choose from different specialisations, for example "Capitalist Dynamics and Social Change" or "Management and Change".

Let us prepare you for an exciting career in academia or in fields such as the cultural and creative industry, the media, the arts, the public sector, urban development, or charitable organisations!

Course organisation

There are four components to the Cul­tu­re and Or­ga­nisa­t­i­on pro­gram­me.

In the core area of stu­dy, you will explore key to­pics in the field of or­ga­nisa­t­i­ons and or­ga­ni­sing cul­tu­re and the arts, cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship, di­gi­tal me­dia and cul­tu­ral so­cio­lo­gy.

There are also three com­ple­men­ta­ry com­po­n­ents: elec­ti­ves, in­te­gra­ti­on modules and Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies. The elec­tives al­low you to both fo­cus and broa­den your stu­dy of cul­tu­re and or­ga­nisa­t­i­on, e.g. with mo­du­les on or­ga­nisa­t­i­on theo­ry, di­gi­tal cul­tu­res or cri­ti­cal stu­dies. It is also pos­si­ble to choo­se en­tre­pre­neurship or busi­ness stu­dies mo­du­les as electives. The in­te­gra­ti­on modules for cul­tu­ral stu­dies bring together stu­dents from all Master's pro­gram­mes at the Fa­cul­ty of Hu­ma­nities and Soci­al Sci­en­ces, and they will familiarise you with the his­to­ry and me­thods of and cur­rent de­ba­tes in cul­tu­ral stu­dies. Com­ple­men­ta­ry Stu­dies will enable you to take clas­ses bey­ond your im­me­dia­te field of stu­dy in or­der to broa­den your un­der­stan­ding of key con­tem­pora­ry chal­len­ges for cul­tu­re and so­cie­ty.

These four components will prepare you for wri­ting your re­se­arch-ba­sed Master's dis­ser­ta­ti­on and participating in the Master's Fo­rum, the accompanying col­lo­qui­um in which you will pre­sent and dis­cuss your dis­ser­ta­ti­on pro­ject.

A Diploma supplement will be issued
International elements
  • International comparisons and thematic reference to the international context
  • Specialist literature in other languages
Course-specific, integrated German language courses
Course-specific, integrated English language courses
Tuition fees per semester in EUR
Semester contribution

You do not have to pay tuition fees. You only have to pay a semester contribution of approx. 360 EUR per semester (subject to change). This will entitle you to receive a semester ticket, which covers public transport in Lüneburg and the surrounding area (e.g., Hamburg, Bremen, Lübeck). The semester contribution also covers almost all regional trains in Lower Saxony as well as participation in a rent-a-bike programme and free entrance to many cultural events in Lüneburg.

Costs of living

Approx. 900 EUR per month to cover personal expenses:

  • Accommodation: 350 to 400 EUR
  • Food: 180 to 250 EUR
  • Health insurance: 80 EUR (not applicable for EU students)
  • Leisure activities, books and clothing: 120 to 200 EUR
Funding opportunities within the university
Academic admission requirements

The Mas­ter's pro­gram­me is open to stu­dents from sociology and the general so­ci­al sci­en­ces, from the humanities, and from the fields of busi­ness and eco­no­mics. The cur­ri­cu­lum bridges the gap bet­ween a cultural theory approach to the stu­dy of organisation and the cul­tu­ral and ar­tis­tic fiel­ds on the one hand and the busi­ness and eco­no­mics-based study of cul­tu­re and or­ga­nisa­t­i­on in cul­tu­re and the crea­ti­ve industries and cul­tu­ral en­tre­pre­neurship on the other.

Even if you have not com­ple­ted your Ba­che­lor's de­gree, you may ap­p­ly for this programme. You have to provide proof of having suc­cess­ful­ly com­ple­ted 81% of cour­ses needed to finish your first degree (to­tal per­for­mance of 180 CP or 210 CP depending on your stu­dy pro­gram­me).

Language requirements

For non-native speakers of English, the awar­ding uni­ver­si­ties set a mi­ni­mum English lan­gua­ge pro­fi­ci­en­cy le­vel. All sta­ted Eng­lish tests are ac­cep­ta­ble for admission for both students from the EU and in­ter­na­tio­nal stu­dents for this programme:

  • Internet-based TOEFL test of at least 85 points
  • TOEIC test of at least 785 points
  • IELTS 5.5 Test
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) graded C or better
  • Previous study modules of at least 30 credit points according to ECTS that have been taught and successfully completed in English (including exam and all related assignments)
  • Successfully completed university degree in English studies
  • Certificate of an English-speaking, upper-secondary school entitling the applicant to study in the respective country

The certification should not be older than four years (except for the school certificate).

We would like to mention that German language skills are not required.

Application deadline

1 June for the following winter semester

Submit application to

Please start your application on this website:
There you will find all of the requirements that Leuphana University Lüneburg requests.
Continue your online application through uni-assist.

Possibility of finding part-time employment

International students with a residence permit are allowed to undertake a limited amount of paid employment (a maximum of 120 days per year, or alternatively 240 days part-time – up to four hours a day).


Websites and relevant addresses for finding accommodation in Lüneburg are listed on the International Office website:

Career advisory service

Leuphana University Lüneburg Career Service

Student Counselling Service of Graduate School

Specific specialist or non-specialist support for international students and doctoral candidates
  • Welcome event
  • Buddy programme
  • Tutors
  • Accompanying programme
  • Specialist counselling
  • Cultural and linguistic preparation
  • Visa matters

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