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Book and Digital Media Studies (MA)

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master’s degree from Leiden University

What our graduates do

Graduates of the master in Book and Digital Media Studies leave with a well-developed knowledge of the history, theory and practice of textual transmission via manuscript, print and digital media.

Our alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers in a wide range of fields, including all branches of the book trade, libraries, the cultural heritage sector and the knowledge industry. They have also found employment as antiquarians, booksellers, librarians, curators, and project managers for publishing companies.

Some of the positions of our graduates include:

  • Account manager at a publishing house
  • Project officer at a governmental agency specialising in cultural heritage
  • PhD candidate at a university in the United Kingdom
  • Project manager at a university library
  • Desktop publishing editor at a publishing house
  • Technical marketing coordinator at a publishing house
  • Communications officer and author on company history at a multinational publishing group
  • Assistant editor at a publishing house
  • Event manager at a Russian academic library
  • Editor at a consultancy company
  • Project manager at a foundation collecting original (historic) manuscripts to set up a library.

Gloria Moorman

Graduated in Book and Digital Media Studies (MA Media Studies)

Gloria Moorman

"During my final year as a BA student in Italian Language and Culture at Leiden, I decided to broaden my academic horizon through the minor in Book Studies (‘Boek, Boekhandel & Uitgeverij’) because I had always been passionate about books. I soon discovered that, apart from my original interest in publishing as a possible career, my budding interest in History of the Book went particularly well with my background in Italian, since the Italian peninsula was one of the main regions within Europe where the printing press found fertile grounds after its invention."

Choosing Book and Digital Media Studies

"From that moment on, my interest in book-historical research grew steadily, which was my most important reason for choosing Leiden’s MA programme in Book and Digital Media Studies. Through the excellent, highly personal supervision offered throughout this master’s, particularly during the research for my final thesis, and a generous grant offered by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) I was able to unite the theoretical elements from my interdisciplinary background, and gain the necessary skills for pursuing a career as a researcher."

Pursuing a PhD

"I am currently PhD candidate at the University of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, where I investigate the development of the town atlas genre during the 16th and 17th centuries, with Blaeu’s Theatrum Italiae (1663) as main focal point."

A Leiden University degree

Leiden University master's graduates are sought-after employees at (inter)national organisations. Our graduates are known for their combination of robust academic training, in-depth and relevant knowledge, and critical, multidisciplinary approach to problem-solving.

In which sector do students find jobs?

  • 22.0 % Publishing and the book industry
  • 12.0 % Research
  • 11.0 % Education
  • 11.0 % Government and semi-government organisations
  • 9.0 % Sports, culture and recreation
  • 35.0 % Miscellaneous

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 62.0 % found a job within two months
  • 84.0 % found their first job at academic level
  • 79.0 % held a position at academic level when the study was carried out