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Book and Digital Media Studies (MA)

The master’s programme in Book and Digital Media Studies introduces you to the history of the written and printed word, and to theories and practices of publishing as well as textual media.

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Why study Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University?

Throughout the well-rounded core-curriculum of Book and Digital Media Studies, you are encouraged to put your acquired knowledge and skills into practice: in the on-site study of medieval manuscripts and early-modern printed books from Leiden University Libraries' world class collections, in using programming languages such as XML and Perl, or in engaging in round table discussions with stakeholders in the book industry. The core courses are complemented by a wide range of electives as well extra-curricular activities, for example the programme’s yearbook TXT.

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Benefit from internship opportunities

Major publishers, for example Brill and Elsevier, and book heritage institutions, such as the National Library of the Netherlands, Leiden University Library and Museum Meermanno (Museum of the Book) foster internship opportunities. The programme also organises regular off-campus activities, including excursions to the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp.

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In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 16 Media and journalism
  • 16 Information management
  • 16 Publishing
  • 16 Sports, culture and recreation
  • 11 Wholesale and retail
  • 5 Research
  • 5 Education
  • 5 Government and semi-government organisations
  • 5 Non-profit organisations
  • 5 Business services

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

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Book and Digital Media Studies degree

Book and Digital 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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