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Media Technology (MSc)

Admission requirements

To be eligible for Media Technology at Leiden University, you must meet the following admission requirements.

Diploma Requirements

If you have a relevant bachelor’s degree from any research university in the Netherlands (such as computer science, artificial intelligence, communication and/or information science, cognitive science, biology, linguistics, or creative/performing arts), you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable affinity and experience with fundamental and/or knowledge-driven research that aims at contributing new insights to academic discourses and is not primarily directed at solving (engineering, societal, commercial etc.) problems. And,
  • demonstrable affinity and experience with technology and its embedding in the human context. And,
  • a creative attitude towards science and research in the sense of the programme, i.e. not necessarily demonstrated by artistic creativity, but by the abilities to think and reason beyond disciplinary borders and/or be open to unconventional ways of producing and disseminating academic knowledge. And,
  • affinity with, and demonstrable (basic) mastering of, imperative programming. Examples of imperative programming languages are Processing, C, C++, Java, Python and assembly languages.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficient for admission and whether you meet the additional requirements.

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Media Technology study advisor.

If you have a relevant degree in Dutch higher vocational education (hbo), you are eligible to apply.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficiently related to the level and content of the requirements set out for students with a Dutch or foreign research university bachelor’s degree.

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Media Technology study advisor.

If you have a relevant bachelor’s degree (such as computer science, artificial intelligence, communication and/or information science, cognitive science, biology, linguistics, or creative/performing arts) from a foreign research university with a level similar to Dutch universities, you are eligible to apply under the condition that you have

  • demonstrable affinity and experience with fundamental and/or knowledge-driven research that aims at contributing new insights to academic discourses and is not primarily directed at solving (engineering, societal, commercial etc.) problems. And,
  • demonstrable affinity and experience with technology and its embedding in the human context. And,
  • a creative attitude towards science and research in the sense of the programme, i.e. not necessarily demonstrated by artistic creativity, but by the abilities to think and reason beyond disciplinary borders and/or be open to unconventional ways of producing and disseminating academic knowledge.

The Board of Admissions will assess whether your degree and background are sufficient for admission and whether you meet the additional requirements.

If you have a bachelor’s degree that does not meet the requirements specified above, you may be eligible for an individual bridging programme tailored to your individual background. If you have successfully met the requirements of the imposed bridging programme, you will be admitted to the master’s programme.

For more information, please contact the Media Technology study advisor.

You should have a demonstrable interest in science and scientific research, but also an affinity with technology and creativity. Moreover, you must dare to go beyond established paths and enjoy critical thinking.

The programme deals with technological depths. Therefore, it is very important that you know computer programming or are willing to learn it.

Language requirements

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

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90 (with a minimum component score of 20)
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum 180, with a minimum component score of 169 

*Please note: You do not have to submit proof of proficiency if you have

  • An International Baccalaureate diploma (or other with English A);
  • A diploma of secondary or higher education completed in Australia, Canada (with the exception of French-language programmes in Canada), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, Singapore, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa;
  • A diploma of an English-taught university degree programme completed at a Dutch research university;
  • A pre-university education (vwo) diploma.

 

For detailed information about which English qualifications are accepted, as well as the relevant exemption criteria, refer to English language proficiency.

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