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Media Technology (MSc)

Are you eager to bring your own questions and curiosity into scientific research? Do the creation of media and use of technology drive your research interests? Could you be a researcher who challenges scientific practice and pushes its boundaries?

Imani Dap


Imani Dap

Media Technology has allowed me to explore my own personal scientific interests within computer science while simultaneously pushing me out of my comfort zone by presenting interesting ideas from other academic fields. The courses often challenge you to use creative thinking, technology or a combination of both to gather and present scientific insights in unconventional ways. During the programme you acquire a deeper understanding of the scientific method and the general culture within different academic fields. Not so you can follow the rules, but break them properly instead.

Arianna Freni

Student (2nd year)

Arianna Freni

This master is very open to any field of previous Bachelor education. I already had a MSc’s in Animal Behaviour, but was really interested in merging this field with technology. Media Technology allows you to combine technology with any field and to extend your knowledge. I am really interested in learning new things, for example about Artificial Intelligence and other upcoming technologies. After my graduation, I hope to contribute to the dissemination of science, ideally by making animal documentaries.

Romy Koch

Student (2nd year)

Romy Koch

Media Technology is a great mix of art and technology. My BSc was in a very specific field, mostly focusing on web design. But this multidisciplinary programme allows me to explore a broad range of topics, like interaction design, robotics and physical computing, which are all very interesting to me.

What does this master’s programme entail?

The Media Technology master's programme offers an interdisciplinary and international environment for students to produce scientific work informed by a creative and critical mindset. We welcome applicants from diverse educational backgrounds with a shared fascination for research and technology. Besides engaging in our core courses, students draw from the knowledge throughout Leiden University and other institutes. After graduation alumni pursue a career as life-long researchers within science, (creative) industries, or education.

The programme's four pillars

The compulsory courses are structured around four pillars:

  1. Academic skills & being a scientist
  2. Conceptual skills & media
  3. Technical skills & computing
  4. The human context of technology

Read more about our Media Technology master's programme.

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Why study Media Technology at Leiden University?

  • The programme's view on science and research is unique in The Netherlands, and perhaps worldwide.
  • The programme's culture is interdisciplinary, international, and participatory. Collaboration between staff and students is close. Students act as principal investigators of their research.
  • Leiden University is an internationally leading university in fundamental research, with a strong history and tradition in scientific research. Its broad range of disciplines offers fertile ground for the programme's interdisciplinary approach to science.

Find more reasons to choose Media Technology at Leiden University.

Media Technology: the right master’s programme for you?

Are you looking for an MSc programme where creativity, technology and scientific research are key concepts? Our master’s programme Media Technology is the right choice.

  • The programme enables students with different backgrounds to bring their own questions and curiosity into scientific research, driven by the creation of media and use of technology.
  • Individual and interdisciplinary group projects – using the principle of science by doing – are important in the programme. These result in scientific papers, experiential and interactive installations, designs, computer programmes, presentations, etc.
  • The programme stimulates creativity in scientific research, challenging scientific practice and pushing its boundaries.
  • You will be prepared for any future career involving creative and critical thinking. Thereby, the programme is an excellent preparation for a future in scientific research.

Read more about the entry requirements for Media Technology.

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