Media & Creative Industries
Explore the workings of creative industries

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, are advised to obtain 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.
  • 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 & Business);
    • Grade Point Average (GPA);
    • academic writing and analytical skills;
    • international background;
    • motivation.

Admission

  • 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.

    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.

    You meet the English proficiency requirement if:

    • you have a Dutch ‘vwo’ diploma and 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 are a native speaker of English (i.e. a national of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States of America) and you have obtained a diploma of secondary education in English for at least 2,5 years in one of the above countries; or
    • You have obtained your diploma of higher education in English (the entire programme) in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South-Africa, the UK or the USA.
      • We usually deem the level of English (the entire programme) Bachelor programmes  at West European or Scandinavian universities sufficient for exemption as well. 

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

    Please note that the test may not be older than two years at the time of application. Also note that it takes several weeks before the results of the tests are known. Take this into consideration when you think of applying. Without the results, we will not be able to assess your application.

    Deadlines for submitting proof of English proficiency:

    • non-EEA students: no later than 15 April
    • EEA students: no later than 1 August

    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.

  • 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 a self-study intensive methods course.

    Students receive a personal invitation for this course when they do not meet the entry requirements concerning the qualitative and quantitative research methods of the social sciences.

Part time

  • Please note:  This option is not available for Non-EEA students who need a visa to study in the Netherlands (immigration law).
    Are you planning to combine your studies with your career or other responsibilities? It is possible to follow the programme part-time. In that case, the courses – and thus study load – is spread over two years. At the start of your first year you are invited to make a study planning together with the Student Advisor, in order to make sure the study load suits with the other responsibilities.

    Please keep in mind that you follow the programme together with fulltime students, and that we do not offer classes during the evenings or weekends. Also, it is important to realise that attendance to seminars is mandatory. However, since we certainly realise that it might be very challenging to combine your studies with other obligations, we do offer part-time students priority over regular, full-time students when registering to elective courses or seminar groups. In this way, part-time students have the opportunity to choose courses that fit to their schedule. This priority is only assigned in case a student is registered to the programme as a part-time student. In order to be so, you should enrol in Studielink as a part-time student. For an explanation on how to do so, please see below.

    Before you apply to the programme, we strongly recommend you to contact our Student Advisor, to discuss your current situation and combination of studies and other responsibilities.

    Studielink enrolment as a part-time student
    When applying to the Media Studies programmes in Studielink, please make sure to enrol to the part-time variant of the study programme. In order to do so, please set ‘Academic load’ in the menu on the left to ‘Part-time’ (1). After that, please click on select (2).

    FAQs

    Do you offer classes during the evenings or weekends?
    No, we do not offer evening or weekend classes. Part-time students follow the programme together with regular, full-time students, and classes will take place during weekdays.

    Will I have classes on fixed days throughout the year?
    The academic year consists of four terms, and the timetable differs per term. Students can use the online course guide to check course schedules.

    How many contact hours will I have per week?
    The number of contact hours per week depend on the number of courses you take. Generally, all courses have one seminar of three hours per week. As a part-time student, you will probably take one or two courses per term.

    Is attendance to the seminars mandatory?
    All our education is small-scale and interactive. Therefore, attendance to the seminars is mandatory.

    Is there group work involved?
    Yes, group work is part of academic education and in all courses is a certain amount of group work involved.

    Do part-time students receive priority over regular students when it comes to the registrations for a course or seminar group?
    We do offer part-time students priority over regular, full-time students when registering to elective courses or seminar groups provided that they are enrolled to the programme as a part-time student. In this way, part-time students have the opportunity to choose courses that fit to their schedule. We expect from part time students that they take the content of the course, but also its schedule into account while choosing the course, and in case of any questions, ask the student advisor for assistance.

    What is the tuition fee for part-time students?
    The tuition fee is paid per academic year (and not per course). Depending on your nationality or residency permit you either pay the institutional or statutory fee. Please contact the Erasmus Student Service Center for the tuition fee that applies to your specific situation.

    Will I receive study loan from DUO if I am registered as a part-time student?
    The tuition fee is paid per academic year (and not per course). Depending on your nationality or residency permit you either pay the institutional or statutory fee. Please contact the Erasmus Student Service Center for the tuition fee that applies to your specific situation.