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Media Studies (MA)

The MA Media Studies consists of four different programmes in the fields of Journalism and New Media (Dutch taught), Book and Digital Media Studies, Film and Photographic Studies and Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory.

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Why study Media Studies at Leiden University?

Media Studies offers four specialisations. Each specialisation explores a different medium in-depth, including how it interrelates with other media forms. You will also get the opportunity to investigate the roots of this relatively new academic field.

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An individual approach to learning

At Leiden University, you will learn from acclaimed scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Our lecturers are dedicated to ensuring you reach your goals during your studies. At Leiden, you also have world-class resources at your fingertips, from famous collections of original manuscripts and periodicals to one of the Netherland’s oldest photo collections.

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Applying ideas in practice

Learning at Leiden University goes well beyond the classroom. The Media Studies programmes provide ample opportunity for you to apply ideas in practice throughout the programme. You will have the opportunity to take part in projects assigned by external organisations. You may work as an intern at a landmark institution such as New York's International Center of Photography, you can network with artists, critics and curators during field trips to famous museums and institutions such as the seventeenth-century Bibliotheca Thysiana and the Antwerp Museum Plantin-Moretus, or you can do an internship with a Dutch news agency such as Volkskrant or NOS. By the time you graduate, you will have acquired both practical experience and a rich portfolio of work to show prospective employees.

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 19 Media and journalism
  • 16 Communication and marketing
  • 11 Culture, sports and recreation
  • 10 Education
  • 6 Government and semi-government
  • 6 Information management
  • 6 Publishing
  • 5 IT
  • 5 Wholesale and retail
  • 3 Non-profit
  • 13 Other

The graph above is based on alumni data from the MA Media Studies 2016-2020.

Media Studies degree

Media Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

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