An in-depth exploration of media theory
The New Media and Digital Culture (Media Studies) programme of the University of Amsterdam offers a comprehensive and critical approach to new media research, practices and theory. It is an internationally renowned programme in critical media theory, dedicated to the study of the social transformations brought about by digital culture. The programme offers you in-depth training in the latest digital research methods and the opportunity to participate in data sprints and to collaborate with international researchers. It is situated within a pioneering new media cultural scene in Amsterdam and in a top-ranked academic environment among universities worldwide.
The Master's in New Media and Digital Culture prepares you for a broad range of career opportunities.
The job market
Graduates possess the skills and leadership qualities to pursue careers in fields where the capacity to understand and operate in new media is essential. For example, in academic research, journalism and communication, production in the creative industries and digital agencies, and (non-) governmental agencies.
Our alumni work in new media fields in research, cultural and governmental institutions, NGOs as well as the media industry;
Recent graduates work as academics, governmental media advisors, community managers, concept and content producers, researchers, editors, social media managers, journalists and app developers.
An academic career
The New Media and Digital Culture Master's programme also offers a pathway for an academic career in teaching and in the pursuit of a PhD in an emerging field of study. You can go on to a PhD programme at the UvA, another Dutch university or a university abroad. When pursuing an academic career, it is advisable to discuss the possibility of joining a two-year Research Master's programme.
If you are passionate about new media research and show exceptional promise in the first semester of your Media Studies Master’s programme, you may apply to switch to our Research Master’s programmes
- New Media Research Practices
- New Media Theories
- New Media Theories Research Seminar
- New Media Research Methods
- Digital Activism
- Documentary Imagination
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before , International
- Apply before , EEA/EU
DisciplinesArea & Cultural Studies Media Studies & Mass Media Digital Communication View 112 other Masters in Area & Cultural Studies in Netherlands
We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 42 ECTS taken in the field of (new) media, communication studies or digital culture. You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in media studies (or a related field) and/or methods in digital research
- If your Bachelor’s degree is not mentioned above, you can still apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will then look at the content of your Bachelor's programme, your study results and your overall motivation
- English language requirements
International16060 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 16060 EUR per year during 12 months.
EU/EEA2168 EUR/yearTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 2168 EUR per year during 12 months.
Living costs for Amsterdam
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.
Apply and win up to €10000 to cover your tuition fees.