Media Studies - Film Studies

University of Amsterdam

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12 months
15620 EUR/year
2143 EUR/year
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The one-year Master’s programme in Media Studies - Film Studies from University of Amsterdam approaches the study of film as a multi-faceted phenomenon, and trains students to critically and effectively engage with important shifts in film and cinema culture. 


The Master's in Media Studies - Film Studies from University of Amsterdam is a unique one-year programme that offers a theoretically rigorous engagement with the field of film studies and visual culture. 

The programme approaches the study of film as a multi-faceted phenomenon, one that plays a vital and ever-changing role in contemporary digital media culture. Film Studies is situated within the internationally ranked Department of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam, which brings together renowned scholars from a variety of media and theoretical perspectives. 

Film Studies at the University of Amsterdam

  • The programme invites students to engage critically and creatively with the field through a series of core courses in film-philosophy, media archaeology, and (trans)national and global audiovisual practices.
  • Students also take part in intensive research seminars that explore specialised topics related to the expertise of the core film faculty.
  • Each student writes their own Master's thesis, a major piece of independent research and writing conducted under the close supervision of a faculty member.
  • With its many festivals, its rich cinematic tradition, its archives, museums and cultural institutions, Amsterdam allows you to immerse yourself in a nourishing and dynamic context that continually reflects what you are studying.
  • Thriving venues for film and media culture include the Dutch Film Institute EYE, the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) and the International Rotterdam Film Festival (IFFR), as well as many local cinemas and exhibition spaces.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Film Research Seminar
  • Film Theories & Practices
  • Cinema Histories and Cultures
  • Research Project
  • Master's Thesis Film Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

The Master’s in Film Studies is open for application to all students with a Bachelor’s degree from the UvA, or another accredited university in:

  • Film
  • A discipline in the Humanities related to Media Studies, or the Social Sciences with a strong focus on Media Studies as developed from a Humanities perspective, including media analyses, media practices, text and audience analysis  (to be decided upon by the selection committee).
The level of the Bachelor’s degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15620 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15620 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    2143 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2143 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.


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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Media Studies - Film Studies
University of Amsterdam


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