Media Studies (research)

With roots in philosophy, history and discourse analysis, the two-year Research Master's in Media Studies explores pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture.

An interdisciplinary approach to Media Studies

The two-year Media Studies Research Master's programme 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.

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A tailor-made programme

Closely connected with the one-year Master's programme in Media Studies, the Research Master's allows students to specialise in Film Studies, Television & Cross-Media Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, or Archival and Information Studies. The backbone of the program is composed of the two core courses: ‘Media Theory’, which offers in-depth teaching of classic and contemporary media theory, and ‘Research Practices in Media Studies’, which explores how theoretical concepts and debates inform key research practices and approaches within Media Studies. In addition, the programme gives students ample opportunity to develop their own customised programme by taking electives, master classes, summer and winter schools, and, most prominently, tutorials, which are taught in small groups (max. 5 students) and are focused on specific areas of research. Finally, Research Master's students are encouraged to profit from Amsterdam’s pioneering art and media scene, with its many festivals, exhibitions and installations, as well as conferences, lectures, and workshops. 

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Degree certificate

The Research Master's programme Media Studies is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA). 

Degree programme
Research MA Media Studies (research)
Regular study programme
120 ECTS, 24 months
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