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Pre-Master's Media Studies

This programme grants access to all tracks of the one-year Master's Media Studies and to the tracks of the Dual Master's Media Studies. It does not grant access to the research Master's Media Studies.

Please note: this pre-Master's programme is taught in English and is only accessible to students with a Dutch or other EU nationality.

The pre-Master’s programme Media Studies is aimed at students who have a degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an academic Bachelor’s degree that does not grant direct access to the tracks of the Master’s programme Media Studies.

Grants access to:

This pre-Master’s does not grant access to the Research Master’s Media Studies.

Sample programme

You will follow one of the programmes listed below. All of them give access to all of the Master’s programmes listed above, but we strongly recommend that you choose the variant that corresponds with the Master’s you are looking to do.

Please note: If you have obtained an academic Bachelor’s degree, you do not need to take the two Academic Skills courses (2x6 ECTS), which means that the programme will comprise 30 ECTS instead of 42 ECTS.

Procedure: enrolment via Studielink

If you wish to gain access to one of the Master’s programmes listed above by means of this pre-Master’s programme, you must first submit an enrolment application in Studielink for the Master’s programme. Depending on which Master’s you are looking to do, the programme you must enrol in in Studielink is:

  • Media Studies 60 ECTS for the tracks Film Studies, New Media and Digital Culture, and Television and Cross-Media Culture;
  • Media Studies 90 ECTS for the tracks  Archival and Information Studies, Documentaire en fictie, Journalistiek en media, and Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image.

Please note: You cannot enrol directly in the pre-Master’s; you must follow the application procedure for the Master’s programme as described on the Application and admission page of the Master's of your choosing. Please complete all of the steps of the application process, including enrolment in MyInfo and the submission of all of the required application documents.

Based on your admission request, the selection committee will determine whether your prior education will indeed allow you to meet the Master’s entry requirements after you have completed the pre-Master’s programme.

Are you applying to a selective Master’s? Then you must first complete the selection procedure for that Master’s programme. The selection committee can then admit you to the Master’s on the condition that you finish the pre-Master’s within a year. If you succeed at this, you are automatically admitted and will not have to go through the selection procedure again the following year. This procedure applies to all (dual) Master’s programmes that comprise 90 ECTS. Please note: the application deadline for selective Master’s programmes is 1 March!

For Master’s programmes that comprise 60 ECTS, no selection procedure applies. If you are admissible provided that you successfully complete the pre-Master’s programme, you will automatically be admitted to the Master’s programme if you complete the pre-Master’s within a year.

The pre-Master’s Media Studies gives access to all of the tracks listed above, regardless of which variant you are doing. Naturally, we strongly recommend that you choose the variant that corresponds with the Master’s you are looking to do.

Application deadline

The application deadline for a pre-Master’s corresponds with that of the Master’s you wish to do. Please check the Application and admission page of the Master's of your choosing. In general, the deadline for selective Master's programmes is 1 March, and that of non-selective programmes is 15 May.


The tuition fee rate for a pre-Master’s programme in the academic year 2021-2022 is €36.13 per ECTS, with a maximum of €2,168. This means that for a 42 ECTS pre-Master’s programme, the fee is €1,517.60; for a 30 ECTS programme, the fee is €1,084.