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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 deadlines

Please check the deadlines below very carefully, because they are strict. Missing one of the deadlines means that your application cannot be processed. 

  • I have a Dutch nationality

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    8 May 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    15 May 2024, 23:59 CET

  • I have an EU/EEA-nationality

    If you wish to apply for housing

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    23 February 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    1 March 2024, 23:59 CET

    If you do NOT wish to apply for housing

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    8 May 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    15 May 2024, 23:59 CET

  • I have a non-EU/EEA nationality

    Register in Studielink (see step 2 of the application process)
    23 February 2024, 23:59 CET

    Submit complete application (see step 4)
    1 March 2024, 23:59 CET

    If you are interested in a scholarship, you need to apply for both the Master's programme and the scholarship before 15 January, and register in Studielink by 8 January. Learn more at:

Application process

Please make sure to follow the steps of the application process carefully to ensure that your application can be processed.

  • 1. 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 60 ECTS taken in the field of (new) media or digital culture.

    The level of the Bachelor’s degree from a foreign higher education institution must be equal to three years of Dutch research university. More information on this assessment can be found here.

    Note that practice-oriented (Dutch HBO or equivalent) Bachelor's programmes in the field of journalism, communication, production, etc. are not eligible for direct admission to the Master’s programme.


    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 might be eligible to eliminate your deficiencies by completing the pre-Master’s programme in Media Studies first. The Admissions Board will determine if your academic background is sufficient for admission to the (pre-)Master’s programme. Admission to the (pre-)Master’s programme is not guaranteed.

    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 on the page below whether:

    • you already meet the English language requirements based on your prior education; or
    • you need to arrange to take an official English language test. If you have serious reasons to believe you should be exempted from taking an official English language test, you will need to file a strongly motivated, official exemption request at the Graduate School of Humanities’ Examinations Board. Please note that there is a strict deadline in place for such a request, which is one month prior to the Master's application deadline.
  • 2. Register for the Master's in Media Studies in Studielink
  • 3. Pay the application fee (international prior education only)

    All students applying for a Master’s programme with a non-Dutch degree must pay a non-refundable application fee of €100.  The UvA cannot start processing your application until this fee has been paid. You can pay the application fee via SIS by credit card (Master or Visacard) or iDEAL.

    You do not have to pay the application fee:

    • If you have obtained or will obtain a Bachelor’s degree from a Dutch research university or university of applied sciences (HBO);
    • If you have already applied and paid the application fee for another Master’s programme at the UvA for the academic year 2024-2025;
    • If you have already applied and paid the application fee for a Master's programme at the Graduate School of Humanities for the academic year 2023-2024;
    • If you are applying through the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF).

    Please note that the application fee is non-refundable. You are not entitled to a refund even if you do not submit your application form, if you submit an application form after the deadline (which will not be taken into consideration) or if you submit an incomplete application.

  • 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.

    It is essential that you submit a complete application dossier, including (if applicable) proof of English language proficiency.

    Application documents

    Make sure you are well prepared before you start your application, and you have all necessary documents ready. You are asked to upload the following documents:

    • curriculum vitae;
    • proof of language proficiency (if required, see language requirements);
    • transcript of records, up-to-date and issued by your home institution (if you are already a student at the UvA, a screenshot from SIS is sufficient);
    • diploma (if already obtained)* or list of courses yet to complete;
    • translation of your diploma and transcript of records (if they are not in English, Dutch, German or French);
    • programme specific documents (see below).

    This programme does not require any other documents, such as a motivation letter.

    If you have not yet obtained your diploma but are in possession of all other application documents, you may proceed with your application - as long as you obtain your Bachelor's degree before 1 September. If you have a non-Dutch prior education, please bear in mind that you must submit your certified documents before 1 August.

    Programme-specific document

    If you have a relevant degree from a Dutch University of Applied Sciences (HBO) or an equivalent thereof, 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.

    If you are in doubt whether you need to submit a programme-specific document, please contact the programme coordinator.

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 10 to 12 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:

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What knowledge, insight and skills should I have?

    The Master's New Media and Digital Culture is the right programme for you if:

    • You have an awareness of basic theoretical notions in media studies (or a related field) and/or methods in digital research.
    • You are able to read and understand complex theoretical texts; you are self-motivated and can work independently; you know how to use theory to formulate provocative research questions; and you wish to learn advanced research skills.
    • You are interested in the rapidly changing impact of new media practices, processes and platforms on contemporary culture.
    • You have a keen interest in all kinds of new media objects and practices and the curiosity to delve into and combine critical new media thought and practical new media research skills.
  • Can I apply for more than one Master's programme?

    Yes, you can apply for up to a maximum of four Master’s programmes. Some Master’s programmes offer different tracks. You may apply for a maximum of two tracks within the same Master's. If you wish to do so, you can select a second track in the MyInfo application form. Note that we will start by processing the track of your first choice. Only if you are not conditionally admitted to your first track will we continue to process your second track. If you are conditionally admitted to your first track, your application to the second track will be cancelled.

    Please note that it is not possible to choose a selective track as your second choice option. If you are interested in a selective track or programme, be sure to put that as your first choice.

  • Can I apply before having completed my Bachelor's?

    Many applicants to Master's programmes have not finished their previous education when they apply. If this applies to you, then you can upload a transcript of records with the courses and grades obtained so far. Make sure to also include a list of courses from your Bachelor's that you still need to complete. This applies to the scholarship applications as well.