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New Media and Digital Culture (Media Studies)
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Application & admission

We advise that you submit your application as well as the application documents as early as possible, rather than wait until the application deadline. The sooner you enrol, the sooner we will be able to inform you about your enrolment request.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    Applicants with a non-EU/EEA nationality
    1 March 2022

    Applicants with a Dutch or other EU/EEA nationality
    15 May 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:

  • 2. Check entry requirements

    The Master's programme in New Media and Digital Culture is open for application to students with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in the humanities or social sciences with a minimum of 42 ECTS  taken in the field of (new) media, communication studies or digital culture. You are expected to have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in media studies (or a related field) and/or methods in digital research.

    If your Bachelor’s degree is not mentioned above, you can still apply for admission to the programme. The Examinations Board will then look at the content of your Bachelor's programme, your study results and your overall motivation. You may also be eligible for admission after completing the pre-Master's programme (see below).

    Students who have a practically oriented prior education in Media Studies are recommended to submit a programme-specific document as part of the application procedure, see step 4.

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements or whether you should submit a programme-specific document, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.


    If you do not meet the entry requirements above, for example if you have a relevant degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an equivalent thereof, you can eliminate your deficiencies by completing the pre-Master’s programme Media Studies. 

    If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements, you are advised to get in touch with the programme coordinator before applying.

    English language requirements

    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. Please see the English language requirements on the Graduate School of Humanities website.

  • 3. Register for the Master's in Media Studies in Studielink
  • 4. Submit your application form in MyInfo

    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.

    Application fee

    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.

    Application documents

    As part of your application in MyInfo, you are required to upload transcripts, diplomas, a motivation form (PDF), a CV/resume, and proof of English language proficiency. This programme does not require a programme-specific document.

    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.

    Programme-specific document

    If you have a practically oriented prior education in Media Studies, you are recommended to show that you have strong English academic writing skills by submitting a writing sample. This could be a Bachelor’s thesis or a paper from a course. This paper should demonstrate academic skills such as source reference, correct representation of literature, and the ability to set up a argumentation structure. It should be written in English, preferably with a subject from media and culture or media and information.

    Furthermore, please indicate in the motivation form which subjects you see as a suitable background for the Master's programme. This could be for instance course descriptions, relevant work experience or extracurricular activities.


After submitting your application

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: