Research Master in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts

Master of Science (MSc) in Media Studies 

Challenge yourself. Combine social-scientific training and hands-on research experience. Develop your own research interests. Prepare yourself for a PhD, or a research-oriented career outside of academia. 

The Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) and Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) offer a two-year Research Master's Programme in the Sociology of Culture, Media and the Arts.

This two-year Master's of Science (MSc) Programme is specially designed for talented and driven students, who have a nose for research within the field of sociology of culture and in media studies. Students with a relevant Master's diploma are eligible to apply for an abridged version of the programme.

Erasmus University is a top-rated university in a dynamic city. This advanced, research-oriented programme is taught by top researchers, with occasional guest lectures given by renowned experts. The programme will train you to independently carry out high-quality research, at the same time giving you the chance to more clearly outline your own research interests, with the help of top scholars in the field.

All in all, the Research Master not only prepares you for a PhD in sociology, arts and culture studies, media studies and related fields, but is also a perfect stepping stone to a research-oriented career outside of a university.

Alumni about SCMA

Julian Schaap 

Due to the combination of cultural sociology and the sociology of media and the arts, I thought the research master was one of the best international programmes available.” 

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Julia Peters 

“Here I would get to do almost exclusively my favourite form of sociology: not about how the world is, but about how different groups of people think the world is.”

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Jose Nederhand

“The excellent reputation of this Master played a role in my decision to apply for this programme.”


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Why study Sociology of Arts, Culture and the Media in Rotterdam?

  • Top rated Master Programme 2017 according to the Studiekeuzegids! 
  • Cutting-edge knowledge of contemporary issues and cultural processes, and of key developments in the field.
  • Hands-on, research-oriented instruction by internationally renowned scholars in the field.
  • Interactive and intensive coursework. 
  • According to Times Higher Education, EUR is one of the 200 most international universities of the world. This means a cosmopolitan and intellectually stimulating learning environment with lecturers and students from all over the world.

Education objectives

Once you graduate you will have:

  • in-depth knowledge of the main theoretical insights into, and academic debates within, the field of media, culture and sociology;
  • a solid grasp of the latest research;
  • a practical understanding of how research methods create knowledge in the social sciences;
  • the ability to apply socialscientific knowledge and research skills in new or multidisciplinary settings;
  • Well prepared for perusing a PhD position or any other research oriented position outside academia.