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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.

The graphs below are based on alumni data from the MA Media Studies - Book and Digital Media Studies 2016-2020.

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 organizations
  • 5 % Business services

How successful are they in finding a job?

  • 89 % found a job within two months
  • 74 % found their first job at academic level

Career preparation

Find out how this programme exactly prepares you for your future career and check our career preparation activities.

The master Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University aims to equip you with a range of important skills and knowledge that will help you thrive in your future career. Your specialised expertise is complemented by vocational skills and the ability to apply multidisciplinary, critical-thinking skills to solve complex conceptual problems.

Staff at the Book and Digital Media Studies programme take an active role in connecting you with professionals at various organisations either for internships, entry-level jobs, or through networking events. Every year the programme also hosts a meeting with alumni.

Students of the Book and Digital Media Studies programme have done internships at:

  • academic and general publishing houses (e.g. Brill, Elsevier, Boom);
  • general and academic libraries (Koninklijke Bibliotheek, university libraries);
  • museums;
  • other cultural heritage institutions.

Our staff can help you identify both the career that is right for you, and the necessary steps to get you there. Our team at Humanities Career Service provide all Leiden University humanities students with professional advice and guidance on everything from internships and career planning to job applications. Humanities Career Service also organises regular workshops on topics such as effective interview skills and creating a successful CV.

The Humanities Career Service offers you various (online) workshops, webinars and info sessions. Check our overview of career activities

The Leiden University Career Zone is an online career portal that helps you to prepare for the job market. Here you can find information, tools and tips to help you gain more personal insight, learn about the job market, develop your application skills, plan your academic and professional career, find job vacancies and discover what the Career Service can do for you.

Join the Mentor Network to contact alumni with experience on the labour market and ask them for advice. More than 1200 alumni are happy to help you!

Jelle on finding an internship via Leiden University's Mentor Network

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