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Media Studies (research MA)

Universiteit van Amsterdam

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The Research Master's programme Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam offers an interdisciplinary, humanities-oriented focus on media as multimodal discourses and cultural practices.

The Research Master's programme Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary, humanities-oriented focus on media as multimodal discourses and cultural practices, while acknowledging the effects of technology, social and institutional forces on media contents. Its scope encompasses film, television, digital media and (audiovisual) archives.
Themes include the convergence of media and information technologies and infrastructures, cognitive studies and the digitialisation of culture. With roots in philosophy, history, and literary and linguistic (discourse) analysis, this young discipline has developed pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture.
The Research Master's programme Media Studies seeks to enhance students' understanding of media as a complex social and cultural phenomenon in its historical and contemporary context. Students can opt to specialise in film, television, or digital media; develop expertise straddling these media, or choose the unifying perspective of information science, the latter including archival science as one of its branches.
The Research Master's programme Media Studies is an accredited degree programme.


2018 Full-time Institutioneel € 12025 / jaar
2018 Full-time Internationaal € 13225 / jaar
2018 Full-time Wettelijk voorgeschreven € 2060 / jaar


The compulsory courses, the backbone of the programme, provide in-depth readings of key texts in the discipline. The core courses are devoted to three important research areas in the field of media studies. They offer in-depth analyses of classic texts, theories and approaches, a thorough immersion in the connections between media and cultural identity and an introduction to methodologies used in the investigation of multimedial modes of representation.


The Research Master's programme Media Studies comprises 120 ECTS credits:
* 90 credits for courses, electives and tutorials,
* 30 credits for a Research Master's thesis project.
The specific number of credits a student is required to obtain through coursework is determined by the admissions committee and is based on the student's previous qualifications. Fulfilment of all the requirements will take at least two years.

instruction modes

- Seminars and tutorials with supervision by specialists devoted to the in-depth study of a variety of topics.
* Supervised individual research resulting in a thesis.
* All classes are taught in small groups of a maximum of 20 students.

job perspective

There is and will continue to be a great demand for expertise in the areas of theorising audiovisual presentation and representation, multimodal information storage and retrieval, and the digital convergence of image, text and sound.
Graduates will also be qualified to pursue a career as a lecturer or researcher in the field of media studies. Specifically, they will be eligible to compete for a place in a PhD programme in the Netherlands or abroad in a discipline which is related to the UvA's Media Studies Research programme.


The programme favours an interdisciplinary focus on media as representational objects, cultural practices and cultural forms, while acknowledging the effects of technology and social forces on media contents and functions.

tuition fee

Tuition fees are adjusted annually. For up-to-date information, please see www.uva.nl/collegegeld (Dutch students) or www.uva.nl/tuition (international students).

Niveau WO
Vorm Full-time
Incompany Nee
Open inschrijving Nee
Doorlooptijd 24 maanden
Type MA (Master of Arts)
Kosten (indicatie) Tussen de €450 en €1350
Titulatuur MA (Master of Arts)
Benodigde taalkennis Engels
Gefinancierd Regering
Afronding Diploma
Credits 120