Entry requirements

Media Studies (Research MA)

The Research Master's programme Media Studies is open for application to all students with:

A university Bachelor’s diploma

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

  • Media and Culture
  • Media and Information (previously known as Cultural Information Science)
  • Other disciplines if the candidate's profile and motivation indicate a substantial interest in media related questions and humanistic research

The level of the Bachelor’s diploma from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch university education (to be judged by the Examinations Board).

Hbo-bachelor: not eligible

It is not possible to apply to this programme with a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (hbo). We do not offer a preparatory programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master’s.

Student profile

Media Studies is a research programme, which means that it is meant for students with strong academic interests. This is the principal reason why the UvA follows a selection process. During the process, the selections committee scrutinises the content of a student’s Bachelor’s programme, his/her study results (for research programmes an average grade of at least 7.5 is mandatory), his/her duration of study, motivation letter, including a study plan. In a study plan the student describes which courses he/she would like to take as electives and in which field of research he/she would like to specialise.

Candidates are expected to have an open mind towards interdisciplinary work and to be capable of theoretical and methodological rigour. They must also be critically interested in both historical and contemporary developments in the media, have the ability to write in English at a high academic level, and be prepared to study hard (40 hours a week). Assessment primarily takes the form of written reports, papers and oral presentations. Successful students have a talent for independent research.

Grade average

If you wish to apply for a Research Master's programme, you are expected to have an overall grade point average (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)

Note: admission will not be granted solely on the basis of sufficient grade point average.

English language requirements

New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at advanced academic level. Please carefully check whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you may need to arrange to take an official English language test.


Published by  Graduate School of Humanities

13 February 2018