Every programme at the Faculty of Humanities has its own entry requirements, application procedure and deadlines. Please be sure to carefully follow the steps below.
The application deadline for this selective Master's programme was 1 March 2021. It is no longer possible to apply for the academic year 2021-2022.
Please note: if you are an applicant with an EU/EEA nationality and wish to apply for housing, you must submit your application by 1 March.
If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January. Learn more at:
The Research Master's programme in Media Studies is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in:
You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions regarding at least one of the following: cultural discourses and practices, media technologies and/or political-economic infrastructures.
If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying (See: Contact and Open Days).
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 pre-Master's programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master's.
New Master's students should be able to speak, read, write and understand English at an advanced academic level. Please check carefully whether you already meet the English language requirements or whether you need to arrange to take an official English language test. See the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.
Because of the limited number of places available, all prospective students are subject to a selection process. We will compare your file to that of other applicants. Distinguish yourself with solid basic academic knowledge in the field of study, sufficient test scores and a convincing and enthusiastic motivation.
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
If you obtained a lower grade average, you can still apply, particularly if you obtained a sufficient grade average for the courses related to the Research Master’s programme and/or courses taken in the advanced phase of your prior education. Please include an explanation in your motivation form.
After enrolling in Studielink, you will automatically receive an email with a link to your MyInfo UvA application form. To log in to MyInfo you need your UvAnetID. Please fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit your MyInfo application form before the application deadline.
All applicants holding a nationality outside the EU/EEA are required to pay an application fee of €100 per Studielink enrolment before submitting your MyInfo application form. You will find payment instructions on your application form.
a motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, a programme-specific document (see below) and proof of English language proficiency.
Applicants to the Research Master’s programme in Media Studies are asked to submit an academic writing sample in English of no more than 3000 words, preferably from a media studies (or equivalent) course in their previous degree. Writing samples will be assessed on the basis of argumentation, analysis, language use and evidence of research skills.
Please collect and prepare all necessary documents before starting your application. You can find detailed information and guidelines on the Graduate School of Humanities website:
Once we have received your complete application, it will be evaluated by our Admissions Board. This programme offers rolling admissions, meaning you will receive an admission decision within six to eight weeks. It is therefore advisable to complete your application well before the deadline.
If you are admitted to the programme, you will receive a letter of conditional acceptance. In order to proceed with your enrolment, you must accept this offer at your earliest convenience. Read more about the steps you need to take after (conditional) acceptance on the website of the Graduate School of Humanities: