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Media Technology (MSc)

Why Leiden University?

Science is meant to generate knowledge, in a rational and sensible way. We believe that science by creating can play an important role here. By applying technology in fresh ways, one learns new things. New methods and alternative insights are discovered.

Science by creating

We see ‘science by creating’ as a valid and productive way of doing research. Consequently, student projects in which actual products are realised are important in the Media Technology MSc programme. However, the process of researching while creating the product is as important as the product itself. The projects always lead to a working end-product or proof of concept that contains a media component: visual, auditive or otherwise. Most often, a scientific paper is also produced that describes the scientific advancements resulting from the project. Students are encouraged to submit these papers to international journals, conferences and arts festivals.

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

The Media Technology MSc programme of Leiden University is organized by the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts (ACPA). The LIACS institute carries out the research and education in computer science at Leiden University. It is our mission to improve the current computer science methods, systems and techniques. We explore new research areas that are relevant to society. The ACPA 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.


The Academy for Creative and Performing Arts works in very close cooperation with the Royal Academy of Art and Royal Conservatoire in The Hague. Between them, they organize the ArtScience BA programme. The Media Technology MSc programme cooperates very strongly with the ArtScience programme. There is a collaboration and student exchange program with the Computer Science in Media master's program of Furtwangen University in Germany. More information about studying abroad is available via the programme coordinator.

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 fundamental 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 expand current knowledge 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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