Media Studies

Master of Arts (MA) in Media Studies

Stay tuned to changes in the media. Track developments in the sector, explore its pervasive impact and clout, and launch a top-flight career in a professional field or research.

Erasmus University is a top-rated university with a strong international outlook in a modern, cosmopolitan city. Our master in Media Studies focuses on a vital and rewarding field of study, that will help you understand contemporary global society. Your knowledge of new digital technologies, globalisation, culture and business provides an excellent basis to jump-start your professional career. 

In this programme, you explore the internationalisation of media and communications, and learn to understand the role of cultural, economic and political developments. You are trained to grasp and respond to complex problems in media, business, culture and society, and to start a career in research or in any of a number of fields in the public or private sector such as management, marketing, public relations, journalism or consultancy.

The Master in Media Studies is also offered in Dutch.

Why study a Master in Media Studies in Rotterdam?

After your studies you will be able to critically analyse current developments and processes in the media. You will also know how to translate complex issues in scientific research into social and cultural aspects of the media, and adapt your insights and capacities creatively in the media sector and elsewhere.

Career opportunities

After your Master in Media Studies you will have a great career ahead of you in the media world, the communications or cultural sector.  It will be easy to find employment - you will be up for jobs such as manager, marketeer, communications advisor, policy adviser, journalist, programme manager, (scientific) researcher, instructor, or editor in media, including online media.

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Education objectives

Once you have graduated, you will be able to critically analyse current developments and processes in the media. You will also develop a critical mindset and know how to translate complex issues in scientific research into opportunities and new business models for the media sector and elsewhere.

Target audience

Anyone with a fascination for exploring the constantly evolving world of the media should enroll for the master programme in media, which meets the growing demand for academically trained media experts. A bachelor degree in the social sciences or arts is a plus and an international career in the media, communications or the creative industries awaits.

Admission criteria

  • Bachelor degree in the Social Sciences or the Humanities
  • Basic knowledge of the field of media studies and social scientific research methods
  • TOEFL 600 / 250 /100 OR IELTS 7.0

Among candidates who meet the above requirements, a further selection is made according to the relevance of their previous studies to the Media Studies programme, Grade Point Average (GPA), academic writing and analytical skills, international background and motivation.

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Do you think you meet the requirements? Start your application in Studielink. Please take a look at the faculty website for more detailed information on the application procedure.

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Please see below for information about the specialisation within this Master Programme. Whether a specialisation is offered full-time or part-time, is indicated accordingly.

Master specialisation



Media, Culture and Society Full-time Part-time
Media and Business Full-time Part-time