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Research Master
Media Studies (Research)
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Application & admission

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.

Application process

  • 1. Check deadlines

    The application deadline for this selective Master's programme is 1 March 2022. After this date, an initial selection will be made. Only if any places remain available, the deadline may be extended, in which case students with a Dutch or other EU/EER nationality will be able to apply until 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 Research Master's programme in Media Studies 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 30 ECTS (equivalent to a full-time semester of academic study) taken in the field of media, film, television or communication studies or digital culture.

    Student profile

    • 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.
    • You are interested in the rapidly changing impact of media practices, processes and platforms on contemporary culture.
    • You are able to read and understand complex theoretical and historical texts (in English); you are self-motivated and can work independently; and you know how to apply theory to formulate provocative research questions.
    • You wish to learn advanced research skills leading to a research-oriented career or doctoral study.

    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).

    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 pre-Master's programme (schakelprogramma) for this Master's.

    English language requirements

    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.

    Selection procedure

    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.

    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)

    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.

  • 3. Register 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

    • a motivation form (PDF)
    • a CV/resume
    • proof of English language proficiency
    • and a programme-specific document 

    Programme-specific document

    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:

 

After submitting your application

Because this is a selective programme, applications will be evaluated by the Admissions Board after the application deadline has passed. You will be notified of whether you have been admitted to the programme after this time.

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: