Media Studies (MA)
About the programme
The master in Media Studies is a one-year programme with four specialisations. Each specialisation explores connections between the various media and examines both present-day and historical material.
You are able to choose from four specialisations:
- Book and Digital Media Studies: focuses on the dynamic process of the transmission of knowledge and information through analogue and digital media.
- Cultural Analysis: Literature and Theory: is devoted to the study of literature from a comparative and theoretical perspective.
- Film and Photographic Studies: offers you a challenging academic study in the field of ‘lens-based’ media, comprising photography, film and video.
- Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media (taught in Dutch): provides you with strong editorial skills, a journalistic attitude and a strong academic background.
The programme is taught across two semesters and comprises compulsory courses, elective courses, and the writing of an MA thesis.
Some of the Media Studies programmes encourage students to get involved in projects for external clients. These projects provide students with the opportunity to apply ideas in practice, develop new contacts, and gain invaluable professional experience.
- Book and Digital Media Studies students worked on a project making works of cultural heritage digitally available.
- Journalistiek en Nieuwe Media students conducted an exit poll during the national elections for the Leiden City Council. They also do fact checks for national and international media, for more information, please visit the Nieuwscheckers website.
- Field trips
- Peer feedback and assessment
- Essays, reports and final thesis
- Oral presentations
For a detailed programme, please check the Prospectus. Please note that this guide applies to the current academic year, which means that the curriculum for next year may slightly differ.
Senior University Lecturer
“Leiden has fantastic resources available in our field that are all within easy reach: the University Library, the Bibliotheca Thysiana, many museums, and renowned book shops and publishing houses such as Koninklijke Brill, which has been in existence since 1683.”