Media, Culture & Society
How media influence our daily lives

Admission requirements for Master Media, Culture & Society

The Media, Culture and Society programme dives into the production, reception and content of various media as well as their social and cultural meanings and uses. You are eligible for the master programme Media, Culture and Society 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.  

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


  • 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, Culture and Society);
    • Grade Point Average (GPA);
    • academic writing and analytical skills;
    • international background;
    • motivation.
  • 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 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 15 May 

    For graduates of recognized 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 finalized their enrolment and have started with the programme will be informed on how to get the refund in September.

  • 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.

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