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Media Studies (Research)

University of Amsterdam

24 months
11440 EUR/year
2168 EUR/year
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With roots in philosophy, history and discourse analysis, the two-year Media Studies (Research) programme of the University of Amsterdam explores pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture. 

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An interdisciplinary approach to Media Studies

The Media Studies (Research) programme of the University of Amsterdam offers an interdisciplinary, humanities-oriented approach to media. It considers media as cultural discourses and practices, technological infrastructures, as well as powerful political-economic actors.With roots in philosophy, history, and literary studies, as well as science and technology studies, sociology, and political science, this discipline has developed pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture.

The programme teaches students to engage with crucial theoretical concepts and current issues and to develop their own research practices culminating in the Research Master's thesis.


Many Research Master's graduates find employment in public sectors related to their field, such as government agencies, advisory boards, education, media and cultural institutions, as well as in museums, broadcasting companies, and digital publishing and archival organisations. There is and will continue to be a great demand for expertise in the areas of new media and digital culture, audio-visual presentation and representation, information storage and retrieval, and contemporary cross-media culture.

The Research Master's also prepares its participants for a career as a lecturer or researcher in the field of media studies. Specifically, students will be eligible to compete for a place in a PhD programme in the Netherlands or abroad in a discipline related to Media Studies. Over the past years, our Research Master's students have found PhD places in the Netherlands at the universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, and Maastricht, as well as abroad at, among others, the University of California, Los Angeles, Lund University, University of Siegen, and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Media Theory
  • Research Practices in Media Studies
  • Cultural and Social Data Analysis
  • Innovation in the Public Information Sector
  • Creativity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Humanities 
  • Digital Activism

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 ECTS


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Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic study) taken in the field of media, film, television or communication studies or digital culture
  • You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions regarding at least one of the following: cultural discourses and practices, media technologies and/or political-economic infrastructures
  • English language requirements
  • GPA of at least an A/3.6 (American system), 2.1 HONS (an upper second class honours degree in the British system), B (ECTS-system), or , 7.5 (Dutch system)

Tuition Fee

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    11440 EUR/year
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  • EU/EEA

    2168 EUR/year
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    Based on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Amsterdam

1000 - 1500 EUR /month
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