Research Master
Sociology of Culture, Media & the Arts

Admission requirements for Research Master Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts

You are eligible for the Research Master's programme if you meet the following requirements:

  • You hold a university Bachelor's degree in the social sciences or the arts
  • You have basic knowledge of social scientific research methods
  • You have a sufficient level of English proficiency (see below)
  • An average grade in your previous studies of at least 7.5 according to the Dutch grading system

Additional Selection Criteria

Among candidates who meet the above requirements, a further selection is made on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Connection between your previous studies and the Research master's programme
  • Grade point average (GPA)
  • Analytical and academic writing skills
  • Motivation
  • International background
  • Reference letter

Abridged Programme

As a rule, students are admitted to the full two-year programme. If you have demonstrated academic excellence and motivation during one of the regular Erasmus University one-year master’s programmes in Sociology, Arts and Culture Studies, Media, or Communication and your English meets the standard, you may apply for admission to an abridged version of the programme. If you are admitted, you are exempt from the research traineeship and exchange, resulting in an abridged version of the programme of approximately one year.

Students still have the option to extend this one-year programme with six months to go on exchange. The exchange will take place in the first semester of the academic year, between September and early February.

The exchange programme offers students a unique opportunity to broaden their horizon and increase their expertise by following courses that are beyond the score 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.

English language requirements

All teaching is carried out in English. Therefore, if your first language is not English or if the language of instruction of your most 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:

  • TOEFL  (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum overall score of

    • 100 in the internet based test

    • 250 in the computer-based test 

    • 600 in the paper test.

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 (www.ielts.org)

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): grade C/185

  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): grade C/185.

You do not need to provide further evidence of English proficiency if:

  • you have a Dutch ‘vwo’ grade of 7 or higher in English (final exam vwo-6);
  • you hold an International Baccalaureate diploma including English Standard Level (A) or English Higher Level (A or B);
  • 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;
  • you obtained at least 2,5 years of secondary education in Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, South-Africa, The USA, the UK or Ireland;
  • you hold a European Baccalaureate diploma including English as 1st or 2nd language.

If you have not yet taken any English test, we recommend that you take the IELTS or TOEFL. Test results of the ITP/TOEFL (Institutional Testing Program) offered by the Language & Training Centre of the Erasmus University Rotterdam are also accepted for this programme. The minimum score that is required is 600.

Test results of the First Certificate in English (FCE) and the TOEIC-test are not accepted.

    • Unfortunately, you cannot apply directly for a Master’s degree programme. You will have to apply for a pre-master’s programme first (if available). After finishing the one-year pre-master’s programme, you will be automatically admitted to the related Master’s degree specialisation.

    • If your educational background is not the most appropriate preparation for the Master of your choice, you may consider applying for a pre-master’s programme first (if available). After finishing the one-year pre-master’s programme, you will be automatically admitted to the related Master’s degree specialisation.
    • Your eligibility can only be determined after you have submitted an application together with the required documents. Prior assessments would be merely hypothetical. For this reason, we encourage you to apply officially for admission. Your application will then be assessed by the programme’s admissions committee.
      Of course, you can also check the detailed admission criteria on the programme’s website.  
    • No, it is not possible to transfer grades or credits obtained at another university
    • Yes, you can apply and we will consider your application. However, any offer made to you will be conditional until you meet all of the entry requirements. If admitted, you will get permission to submit your diploma (or graduation statement) after the application deadline, but ultimately 10 August.
    • Yes, you can apply and we will consider your application. However, any offer made to you will be conditional until you meet all of the entry requirements. Please plan your test as soon as possible. Bear in mind that it will take several weeks before you receive an official copy of your test results. If you are admitted, we do need the test report ultimately 10 August. Without official proof of your English language proficiency at the required level, we cannot register you as a student for the programme!
    • If you have not yet taken any English test, we recommend that you take TOEFL -iBT or IELTS academic.

      Check the programme’s entry requirements to see which scores you need to obtain in the language test. A Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE - grade B or A) or a Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) will also be accepted.

      Please note:

      • Test results of the First Certificate in English (FCE) and the TOEIC-test are not accepted!
      • Please plan your test as soon as possible. Bear in mind that it will take several weeks before you receive an official copy of your test results.
      • If you are admitted, we need to receive the test report before 10 August. Without official proof of your English language proficiency at the required level, we cannot register you as a student for the programme!
    • English tests must be less than two years old at the time of application.
    • No, we do not. Therefore, you need to submit a digital copy of your English language test report.

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

      In the Admission Portal you need to upload an official document stating the language of instruction of your Bachelor’s degree programme.