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Media Technology (MSc)

Why Leiden University?

Our programmes are known for our scientifically based education and for our open atmosphere.

Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts

The Media Technology MSc programme of Leiden University is organised by the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA). LIACS focusses on research and education in computer science at Leiden University, with a strong focus on artificial intelligence. ACPA, on the other hand, is a unique research institute within the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University. It offers composers, performing artists, visual artists and (graphic) designers the opportunity to perform research in and through artistic practice. The combination of these two institutes makes the Media Technology programme unique.


LIACS works closely together with universities worldwide, companies, governments, and NGOs. Within Leiden University it collaborates closely with other faculties and institutes. An example is the interdisciplinary programme on Society, Artificial Intelligence and Life Sciences (SAILS).

ACPA works in close cooperation with the Royal Academy of Art and the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Between them, they organize the ArtScience BA and MA programmes. The Media Technology MSc programme collaborates closely with the ArtScience interfaculty.

Besides the many collaborations and exchange possibilities for all students at Leiden University, the Media Technology MSc programme has specific collaborations and exchange programmes with amongst others Furtwangen University in Germany, and KTH in Stockholm. More information about studying abroad is available via the programme coordinator.

Over the years, the Media Technology MSc programme partnered on many public presentations and exhibitions with the V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, an interdisciplinary and inspiring center for art and technology in Rotterdam.

Leonardo Affiliate Programme

The Media Technology MSc programme is a member of the Leonardo Affiliate Programme. Leonardo is the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (ISAST). Leonardo/ISAST serves the international arts community by promoting and documenting work at the intersection of the arts, sciences, and technology, and by encouraging and stimulating collaboration between artists, scientists, and technologists. For more information, also about other affiliates, see the Leonardo website.

Faculty of Science

The Faculty of Science is a first-class research faculty with an excellent position in the basic disciplines of science. The current research and education programmes span the entire spectrum of science ranging from Mathematics and Statistical Science, Computer Science and Data Science, Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry and Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences to Biology and Environmental Sciences. Our science community is driven by their curiosity and desire to increase basic knowledge, for science and to contribute to the great societal challenges of today and tomorrow. Core values are scientific impact, technological innovation and relevance to society. 

Study at a world-class university

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands and enjoys an excellent worldwide reputation built up over more than four centuries. Since 1575 we’ve provided sound personal education for hundreds of thousands of students. We’ll do our utmost to give you the best possible support. And if you can and want to do more, we’ll challenge you every step of the way. For many years, we’ve been among the leaders in Dutch university rankings and we are currently to be found in a variety of top international rankings too.

More reasons to choose Leiden University

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