Media Studies

Master of Arts (MA) in Media Studies

Finger on the pulse: 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.

Explore the changes that the internationalisation of media and communications have brought in our lives. How have cultural, economic and political developments contributed to these. What are the consequences? Get a fix on the pervasiveness of media such as papers, television, the Internet and video games. How have the various media sectors developed? How are they organised?

Erasmus is a highly rated university with a strong international outlook and top-drawer teaching staff, in a modern, cosmopolitan city. Grasp and respond to complex problems in media, business, culture and society, and go on to 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.

Career opportunities

After your Master in Media Studies you'll have a great career ahead of you in the media world, or the communications or cultural sector.  It's be easy to find employment in the labour market--you'll be up for jobs such as manager, marketeer, communications advisor, policy adviser, journalist, programme manager, researcher, 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 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.

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Target audience

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

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Admission criteria

  • Bachelor degree in the Social Sciences or the Humanities
  • A 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, their Grade Point Average (GPA), their academic writing and analytical skills, their international background and their motivation.

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Do you meet the requirements?

  • If you have a non-Dutch diploma, you start your application in the EUR Admissions Portal. 
  • If you have a Dutch secondary education diploma, you need to register with Studielink.

Please note: an International or European Baccalaureate is a non-Dutch diploma, even if it is obtained in the Netherlands!

For most programmes, Studielink opens in October prior to your starting year. For programmes with a selective admission a different procedure may be applicable.

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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