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Book and Digital Media Studies, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #67 (WUR) Leiden, Netherlands
The master’s programme in Book and Digital Media Studies from Leiden University introduces you to the history of the written and printed word, and to theories and practices of publishing as well as textual media.

Overview

Why study Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University?

Throughout the well-rounded core-curriculum of Book and Digital Media Studies, you are encouraged to put your acquired knowledge and skills into practice: in the on-site study of medieval and early-modern printed books, in using programming languages such as XML and Perl, or in engaging in round table discussions with stakeholders in the book industry. The core courses are complemented by a wide range of electives.

Careers

Graduates of the master in Book and Digital Media Studies leave with a well-developed knowledge of the history, theory and practice of textual transmission via manuscript, print and digital media.

Our alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers in a wide range of fields, including all branches of the book trade, libraries, the cultural heritage sector and the knowledge industry. They have also found employment as antiquarians, booksellers, librarians, curators, and project managers for publishing companies.

Some of the positions of our graduates include:

  • Account manager at a publishing house
  • Project officer at a governmental agency specialising in cultural heritage
  • PhD candidate at a university in the United Kingdom
  • Project manager at a university library
  • Desktop publishing editor at a publishing house
  • Technical marketing coordinator at a publishing house
  • Communications officer and author on company history at a multinational publishing group

Programme Structure

The programme offers four specialisations:

  • Digital Access to Cultural Heritage
  • History of the book
  • Publishing Studies
  • Digital Text and Data Processing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a research university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic Bachelor’s degree.
  • You should also have knowledge and understanding of the cultural and historical developments in Europe at academic bachelor’s level in the humanities, with regard to subjects relevant to the field of book studies.
  • If you have completed the minor ‘Boek, boekhandel en uitgeverij’ at Leiden University or comparable components worth at least 30 credits in book studies are considered to have fulfilled this requirement.        
  • Completed the pre-master's / bridging programme.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17496 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17500 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2088 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2083 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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