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Media, Culture & Society

Our Master’s programme features a variety of activities through which students can enrich their studies. Ambitious students can for example apply for one of the Case Projects that we offer. These case projects are completed in addition to the standard curriculum of the Master’s programme.

Another addition to the standard curriculum of the Master’s programme is to go on an international exchange, which allows students to extend their programme with 6 months of studying abroad at one of our partner universities.

Lastly, in term 3 and 4, our students will be working on their thesis. Here, students have the option to take a so-called thesis internship and write their thesis at a company or external organization that has a relevant research question that can be answered in the framework of a master thesis project.

Click on some of the following options to read in more detail what they entail.

The case projects that we offer are extracurricular challenge programmes for excellent students. These projects are completed in addition to the standard curriculum of the Master’s programme. There are two different case projects designed for our Media Master students.

The Coopr Academy

The Coopr Academy is a practical case project accessible for both Master students and third year IBCoM students. The Coopr Academy is established in order to reduce the gap between theory and practice, education and employment. Students can expect eight interactive sessions and as a final product they will prepare a pitch for a jury. In this practical case project they will learn about the PR field by actually working on real PR cases. There are 8 x 3 hours interactive classes lead by PR professionals on a bi-weekly basis. The application requirement is a GPA of 7.0.

The Consortium

A second case project open to the Master students is The Consortium. The Consortium aims to provide additional knowledge and hands-on training in journalism and public relations for a small group of 5 to 8 students. This year The Consortium students will investigate current affairs in the province of South Holland and report about it in short videos available on the University's website. Students will have meetings and workshops with different guest lecturers to acquire the necessary skills to produce professional reporting. They will also visit various institutions to acquire relevant information about South Holland.

Master Media Studies students have the option to extend their master programme with six months to go on exchange. The exchange will take place between September and early February, after obtaining all 60 credits (including the master thesis) of the master programme. During this additional semester, students continue to pay tuition fee to EUR (instead of the exchange university) and they are required to take at least 15 EC abroad. These courses, at master's level, will in most cases (partly) be related to Media & Communication.

The exchange programme offers students a unique opportunity to broaden their horizon and increase their expertise by following courses that are beyond the scope of their regular master programme at one of our foreign partner universities. Our exchange programme for master students includes more than 30 international partner universities. Examples are the Communication University of China, Florida State University, Lund University, National Chengchi University, Sapienza University of Rome, Torcuato di Tella University and University of Calgary. Every year we update a list of partner universities and designated number of spots available for exchange. We share this list with you in the fall (thus, at the start of your master programme), and will then also inform you about the application procedure (deadline in November).

Students who wish to combine the thesis with an internship can register for one of the projects which are offered each year. There are different companies available for the different master programmes, such as Immovator, Hilversum Media Campus, Mulier Instituut, and Dutch Game Garden. Students may also find their own host organization for a thesis internship. In this case, students should make sure to develop an academically relevant research question that is also of interest to the organization concerned.

With the Thesis Prize, we aim to encourage student excellence by rewarding one student within each of the four Media Studies programmes for their Master Thesis. Each year, supervisors of graduating Media Studies students are invited to submit Master Theses of their students. The winners of the Prize receive an official certificate and a book voucher of €100. Read more about the Thesis Prize here.

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