MA Media Culture

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Program Description

MA Media Culture

Maastricht University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Media Culture

The introduction of digital and electronic technologies has generated profound cultural transformations in the organisation of the media landscape. New media, such as the internet, CDs, and DVDs, provide new possibilities for information distribution, education, communication, marketing and amusement. If you’re fascinated by anything and everything to do with digital media and the internet, look no further.

The new technologies have transformed the way we consume information and entertainment, as interactivity changes the way we are involved with a story line or a game, and blurs the line between making and enjoying music. The internet has had a major effect on our engagement with politics and with culture. At the same time, older media such as books, radio, television and film are still present and are evolving in complex interrelations with the newer media.

The interdisciplinary and comparative framework of the master's programme in Media Culture combines theoretical reflection on these developments with practical research and media skills. It will provide you with the academic training to investigate ongoing transformations in media culture and the skills to participate in these innovations.

This is a one-year programme taught in English.

Fast facts

Media Culture at Maastricht University…

  • is a one-year interdisciplinary Master of Arts programme
  • is a selective master's programme
  • is taught in English
  • addresses the interrelations between cultural transformations in the media landscape and technological developments
  • utilises a combination of methodologies including Problem-Based Learning
  • has a majority of international students, representing on average 14 different nationalities
  • is closely connected with innovative academic research projects on contemporary media culture
  • provides problem- and practice-oriented training in research methodologies and media skills

Summer School

If you would like to come to Maastricht earlier in the summer in order to settle in, you might think about taking a language course or attending the Maastricht summer school for 2, 4 or 6 weeks. Contact us for more information.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MC programme must have:

  • a bachelor's degree in a relevant academic field (media or communications studies, film or television studies, history, social science, humanities or liberal arts) and a certified list of grades
  • a CV showing relevant work experience, if any
  • a letter of motivation indicating why you wish to study Media Culture at Maastricht University, and why you expect that you will be able to complete the programme successfully. Students who wish to follow the specialisation Sound Technology should indicate this already in their letter of motivation
  • applicants may be asked to hand in a 1000 word essay on a topic given to them and also to meet or make an appointment for a Skype interview. The topic of the essay will be related to topics discussed in module 1.

Please note that students who apply for this Master's programme should pay a handling fee. Click here for more information.

For students with very good or excellent grades holding a relevant University of Applied Sciences degree (e.g. HBO/Hochschule), or an academic BA or BSc Bachelor in a field that does not grant direct admission into this programme, there is a Pre-master year ("schakeljaar").

Language requirements

Non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must meet the requirement concerning a sufficient command of English by passing one of the following language proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with an overall score of at least 6.5 and a writing score of at least 6.5; or
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with an overall score of at least 90 (TOEFL internet), and a writing score of at least 25; or an overall score of 575 (TOEFL paper) or 232 (TOEFL computer) with an equivalent minimum writing score; or
  • A Cambridge certificate: C or higher for the CAE (Certificate in Advanced English).

The results of the TOEFL, IELTS and Cambridge Certificates must be uploaded before the applicable deadline (May 1, 2016 for NON-EU students and June 1, 2016 for EU students). Results received after this date will not be taken into consideration and therefore your application file will be considered as incomplete. Be aware of the fact that it can take some time before you get the results of the English tests, so plan your test in time! Applicants who are native English speakers and/or have obtained an English-taught bachelor’s degree are exempted from the language proficiency test.

Required documents

The following documents must be submitted with your application:

  • a motivation letter (see Admissions requirements)
  • your curriculum vitae
  • a photocopy of your valid passport or EU ID-card
  • a recent passport picture
  • a certified copy of your bachelor certificate and list of grades (with certified translation for languages other than English, Dutch, German or French)
  • a copy of your English Language test with sufficient results (see requirements mentioned above)

Please note that only complete application files (including English Language test) will be assessed by the Board of Admissions. The Board will try to respond within 4 weeks.

Students who have not yet completed the bachelor's programme should send a copy of their most recent list of grades with the application. Successful candidates will be admitted on a conditional basis. Before 1 September 2016 we need a certified hard copy of your Bachelor diploma - or at least an official declaration of graduation: stating that you passed all exams successfully and that you obtained the Bachelor degree before or on 31 August 2016. This declaration should mention the official graduation date which should be the same date as the date on the Bachelor Diploma.

Please note that applying for admission to this programme in the academic year 2016/2017 is possible as of 1 October 2015.

Last updated February 10, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2016
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
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Start date Sept. 2016
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR