MA Media Studies

University of Amsterdam

Program Description

MA Media Studies

University of Amsterdam

An interdisciplinary approach to Media Studies

The Research Master's programme Media Studies offers an interdisciplinary, humanities-oriented focus on media as multimodal discourses and cultural practices, while acknowledging the effects of technology, social and institutional forces on media contents. Its scope encompasses film, television, digital media and (audiovisual) archives. Themes include the convergence of media and information technologies and infrastructures, cognitive studies and the digitialisation of culture. With roots in philosophy, history, and literary and linguistic (discourse) analysis, this young discipline has developed pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture.

Degree certificate

The Research Master's programme Media Studies is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a legally accredited Master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).


The Research Master’s programme Media Studies seeks to enhance students’ understanding of media as a complex social and cultural phenomenon in its historical and contemporary context. Students can opt to specialise in film, TV, or digital media; develop expertise straddling these media, or choose the unifying perspective of information science, the latter including archival science as one of its branches.


The Research Master's in Media Studies offers three specialisations:

The specialisation Film Studies offers in-depth knowledge in research fields ranging from film philosophy, multimodal metaphor, motion theory, media archaeology, and cultural memory to issues of transnational and global audiovisual practices.

The specialisation TV Studies approaches contemporary crossmedial culture with a strong emphasis on theoretical engagements with recent developments in television technologies, texts/visualities, and circulation, as well as their geopolitical dimensions.

The specialisation New Media Studies offers students the opportunity to engage with new media theories, software studies, internet criticism, distributed aesthetics, network politics and digital methods, training their ability, as future professionals in this field, to critically reflect on the wider issues raised by software-driven media

The specialisation Information Studies is positioned at the intersection of information, technology, and people, focusing on digital scientific and cultural heritage in libraries, archives, museums; on alternative sources emerging on the (social) Web; and on how these changes fundamentally affect our concept of “information.”

Participating staff members are generally specialised in a specific medium as well as involved in the further development of media theory and media research methodologies.

Programme structure

The Research Master's programme Media Studies comprises 120 ECTS credits:

  • 90 credits for courses, electives and tutorials.
  • 30 credits for a Research Master's thesis project.
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated December 22, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
1 year
Full time
1,984 EUR
Start date Sept. 2017
Netherlands Amsterdam
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Duration 1 year
Price 1,984 EUR
EU/EEA students. Non-EU/EEA students €13,400 per year.