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Book and Digital Media Studies

12 months
19300 EUR/year
2209 EUR/year
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The Book and Digital Media Studies MA programme 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.


Why study Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University?

The Book and Digital Media Studies MA programme at Leiden University covers a broad range of topics related to reading and the circulation of text in manuscript, print and digital form.

During this programme you will develop your expertise in the dynamic process of knowledge transmission through analogue and digital media.

The only programme of its kind in the Netherlands, this Master programme teaches you essential skills in how to critically assess academic theories in the field of publishing and textual media as well as Book Studies.

You will study the historical development and modern practice of textual communication from Gutenberg to Google. Much attention is given to the far-reaching consequences of the digital revolution for the world of the book. As part of the programme, you will take field trips to world-famous institutions including the seventeenth-century Bibliotheca Thysiana, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, and the Antwerp Museum Plantin-Moretus.

Leiden University is an internationally-recognised centre for the study of humanities. As a student you will have access to unique resources at the famous Leiden University Library and the 'Press Room' of Academic Press Leiden and learn from leading scholars in the field.

Career Opportunities

  • 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

Courses include:

  • History of the Book: Developments and Practice
  • New Media and Society: Media philosophy
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Bridging Theory and Practice
  • Manuscript Book in the West
  • The Library: Knowledge Centre of the Past, Present and Future
  • History of the Book: Tables, Trees and Tabs: The Premodern Roots of Data Management
  • Digital Text and Data Processing
  • Publishing Studies: Academic Publishing
  • Digital Access to Cultural Heritage

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

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  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

The following diploma requirements apply for this programme:

  • 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.        

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    19300 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 19300 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2209 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2209 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • Second Dutch master’s programme: €15,100 per year

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1250 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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