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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

You are eligible to apply for the MA Media studies: Book and Digital Media Studies if you have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree; and
  • 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 you are considered to have fulfilled this requirement.

Applicants with a degree from a Dutch university of applied sciences (hbo) or equivalent are not eligible for admission to the Master’s programme. The specialisation Book and Digital Media Studies does not offer a pre-master’s programme.

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
Note that English test results may not be more than two years old. The following types of English test are accepted: 

  • IELTS: Academic
    • We do not accept IELTS General Training or IELTS Indicator
  • TOEFL: internet based
    • We do not accept the following types of test: TOEFL My Best ™ scores (multiple test scores combined), TOEFL Essentials™  or institutional tests such as ITP.
    • We can accept the TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition™  and the TOEFL IBT Paper Edition for admission to the academic years 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.
  • 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 the USA, the UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except French-taught programmes in Canada) Singapore, South-Africa or Malta, 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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