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Book and Digital Media Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.
  • You should also have knowledge and understanding of the cultural and historical developments in Europe at academic bachelor’s level in the humanities, with regard to subjects relevant to the field of book studies.
  • If you have completed the minor ‘Boek, boekhandel en uitgeverij’ at Leiden University or comparable components worth at least 30 credits in book studies are considered to have fulfilled this requirement.        

Language requirements

In order to successfully participate in this programme, you must be proficient in English. The following requirements apply:

  • IELTS:    7.0  ( for the ‘writing’ and ‘reading’ components a minimum score of 7.0)
  • TOEFL:  100  (for the ‘writing’ and ‘reading’ components a minimum score of 25)
  • C2 or C1: 185

For detailed information, including exemption criteria and methods of submission, refer to English language proficiency.

English tests accepted
Results may not be more than two years old! 

  • IELTS: academic modules only 
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined). The sufficient score must be obtained in one individual test. Also not accepted are institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We are able to accept the TOEFL Special Home Edition™  for admission to the academic years 2020-2021 and 2021-2022.
  • Cambridge English Exam C2 Proficiency or C1 Advanced, depending on admission criteria

Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have completed your education in Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada), USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or when you hold an International Baccalaureate, or for Dutch students, if you have completed VWO level English or an English taught bachelor at a Dutch Research University.

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