The master's programme in Media Studies at Leiden University combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience to create an ideal launch-pad for a career in literature, film, photography or journalism.
Choose from four interdisciplinary specialisations
The master in Media Studies offers four specialisations. Each specialisation explores a different medium in-depth, including how it interrelates with other media forms. You will also get the opportunity to investigate the roots of this relatively new academic field.
An individual approach to learning
At Leiden University, you will learn from acclaimed scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines. Our lecturers are dedicated to ensuring you reach your goals during your studies. At Leiden, you also have world-class resources at your fingertips, from famous collections of original manuscripts and periodicals to one of the Netherland’s oldest photo collections.
Applying ideas in practice
Learning at Leiden University goes well beyond the classroom. The Media Studies programmes provide ample opportunity for you to apply ideas in practice throughout the programme. You will have the opportunity to take part in projects assigned by external organisations (such as Facebook or other media). You may work as an intern at a landmark institution such as New York's International Center of Photography. Or you can network with artists, critics and curators during field trips to famous museums and institutions such as the seventeenth-century Bibliotheca Thysiana and the Antwerp Museum Plantin-Moretus. By the time you graduate, you will have acquired both practical experience and a rich portfolio of work to show prospective employees.