Admission requirements

Master Media Studies

You are eligible for the master programmes Media & Business , Media & Creative Industries or Media, Culture & Society if you meet the following requirements: 

  • You hold a university Bachelor's degree in the social sciences or the humanities. Applicants for Media & Business with a BSc in Business Administration are also admissible;
  • 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 ECTS 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 & Business, Media & Creative Industries or Media, Culture & Society);
  • Grade Point Average (GPA);
  • academic writing and analytical skills;
  • international background;
  • motivation.

Language requirements

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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:

  • 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 or
    • 600 in the paper test.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 7.0 (
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English): grade B
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): grade A or B

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.

Intensive Methods Course

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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.

This course is scheduled during the last weeks of August and the first week of September. We offer this course as a service to our students and therefore it is free of charge.

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.


The Media & Business programme,  the Media & Creative Industries programme, and the Media, Culture & Society programme offer a one-year premaster programme for promising candidates who do not have a previous education equal to an academic bachelor. This preparatory programme caters in particular for students who have limited experience with media and communication theory and social-scientific research methods.

The premaster is suitable for graduates of HBO (Dutch Higher Vocational Education) programmes or equivalent international programmes that deal with similar topics as the Media & Business programme, the Media & Creative Industries programme, or the Media, Culture & Society programme, but with relatively limited academic depth.