Media & Creative Industries
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Admission requirements for Master Media & Creative Industries

The Media & Creative Industries programme targets bachelor graduates with an international outlook and an entrepreneurial mind-set who want to acquire the knowledge and skills to make their way into a variety of media and creative industry professions.You are eligible for the master programme Media & Creative Industries if you meet the following requirements: 

  • You hold a university Bachelor's degree in the social sciences or the humanities;
  • You have basic knowledge of the field of media and communication and social scientific research methods;
  • You have a sufficient level of English proficiency (see below);
  • Note: ESHCC students wishing to enter the Master’s programme, should have obtained at least 15 EC in the field of communication and media. ESHCC students are not automatically admitted to the Master’s programme of their choice: they still need to go through the full selection procedure.  

Selection Criteria

Among candidates who meet the above requirements, a further selection is made according to:

  • the relevance of their previous studies to the master programme concerned (i.eMedia & Creative Industries);
  • Grade Point Average (GPA);
  • academic writing and analytical skills;
  • international background;
  • motivation.

If you still have questions about your admission, you can send an email to the Admissions Office.

Language requirements

All teaching is carried out in English. We must be convinced that you have sufficient fluency in written and spoken English to cope with the course from the start. Therefore, if your first language is not English or if the language of instruction of your latest previous degree is not English, we ask you to provide evidence of your command of English. You should include your test scores, if available, in the relevant section of the application form. If you receive an offer of admission, it will be subject to proof of your score. English tests must be less than two years old at the time of application. If you have not yet taken the test, your application can be considered in its absence, but any offer will be conditional on your achieving the required score.

To be admitted, you must satisfy the following requirements.

You meet the English proficiency requirement if:

  • you have a Dutch ‘vwo’ grade of 7 or higher in English;
  • you hold an International Baccalaureate diploma including English Standard Level (A) or English Higher Level (A or B);
  • you hold a European Baccalaureate diploma including English as 1st or 2nd language;
  • you obtained at least 2,5 years of English language secondary education in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South-Africa, The USA, the UK or Ireland.

If you do not meet one of the above requirements, you may demonstrate proof of proficiency in English through any of the following tests:

  • IELTS Academic (International English language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 overall. All sub scores should at least be 6.5.
  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 100. All sub scores should at least be 23.
  • ITP-TOEFL (Institutional Testing Programme) offered by the Language & Training Centre at the EUR, or any other Dutch University. Minimum requirement: 627.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced or Cambridge C2 Proficiency with a minimum score of at least 185.

Deadlines for submitting proof of English proficiency:

  • non-EEA students: no later than 15 April
  • EEA students: no later than 15 May

Please take the test well in time to meet the deadline. Allow some time to re-take the test, if necessary!

English tests must not be older than two years at the time of application. If you have not yet taken a test, we recommend IELTS or TOEFL.

For graduates of recognised academic programmes taught entirely in English, the obligation to take a language test may be dropped after considering their academic performance.

Applicants with a Dutch academic bachelor diploma, who do not yet meet the English language requirements are recommended to take an English language test to demonstrate their command of the language. We would like to point out that having a solid command of the English language will greatly benefit the applicant’s study success. We expect students contribute to our lectures and group discussions, as well as being able to speak, read and write in English. An insufficient command of the English language will affect their study success negatively. Students to whom this applies, are eligible for a refund under the following conditions:

a. Students are to take the ITP-TOEFL at EUR’s Language and Training Center;
b. Test should be taken anywhere between October 2019-August 2020;
c. A full refund will only be granted if the student completes the enrolment for the programme for which (s)he has taken the test;
d. Students shall inform the Admissions Coordinator about the planned test date;
e. Students are eligible for one refund;
f. Students who have finalised their enrolment and have started with the programme will be informed on how to get the refund in September.

Intensive Methods Course

Some of the students who apply for the Master Media Studies do not meet our entry requirements concerning the qualitative and quantitative research methods of the social sciences. In order to bridge this gap and to give students the possibility to make a successful start with the master programme, we offer an intensive methods course CM4000. You can find a detailed description of this course in the Course Guide.

The course is scheduled during the last weeks of August and the first week of September. Students receive a personal invitation for it. If you have not received an invitation, but you would like to participate, please contact the programme coordinator.