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Film and Photographic Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Film and Photographic Studies at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Master's admission: exceptional circumstances

The University is providing an option for third-year bachelor’s students who have encountered a study delay because of the corona measures and wish to begin a master’s programme in the 2021-2022 academic year.

For this specific master’s programme, this means that students are allowed to complete their bachelor’s programme during the 2021-2022 academic year and will already be allowed to begin the master’s programme on 1 September 2021. The following additional conditions apply: 

  1. You will need a minimum of 165 ECTS of the 180 bachelor’s ECTS to get admission to start the master’s programme of your choice. 
  2. You will have to have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2022 at the latest. 

This option does not apply to non-EER students who are following a Bachelor abroad due to visa restrictions.

What do you need to do?

Enrol on and request admission to both programmes (bachelor and master):

  1. Fill in this form before 15 June.
  2. Register for the master’s programme in Studielink
  3. Request admission in uSis before the relevant deadline (check the Application deadlines page)
  4. Re-enrol for the bachelor’s before 1 September.

Your master’s enrolment will be definitive as of 1 September 2021 on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme before 31 August 2022 at the latest; otherwise your master’s enrolment will be cancelled.

You pay only one tuition fee, so you only pay for your master’s programme. This is on the condition that you have completed your bachelor’s programme by 31 August 2022 at the latest and have de-registered for this programme. If your master’s enrolment is cancelled, you pay the tuition fee for continuing the bachelor’s programme. If you are following a bachelor’s programme at another institution, you can request proof of tuition fee payment (bewijs betaald collegegeld) so that you will not have to pay the tuition fee.

Diploma requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university (in the specialisation) in Film and Literary Studies: Film Studies; Art History, Culture Studies, Visual Anthropology or Media Studies (especially film or photography).
  • Holders of a comparable bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree, or who can demonstrate that they meet the requirements for such a degree, may also be granted admission.
  • Completed the pre-master's / bridging programme. Read more here. 
  • You should have knowledge of and insight into analysis of film, photography and/or video comparable with those acquired upon completing one of the bachelor's programmes referred to above.

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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