Master in Media Studies with a specialisation in Media, Culture & Society

Why choose Media, Culture & Society in Rotterdam?

Are you interested in the ever-changing media environment? How do media affect our lifestyles, our self-image, and our relationships with others? Would you like to explore these questions? The Master’s programme Media, Culture & Society offers you the opportunity to do so, in a truly international classroom within one of Europe’s most diverse and multicultural cities.

Against the background of quickly digitalising societies and media saturation, the Media, Culture & Society programme allows you to study the production and reception of established and emerging media. You will be confronted with the shifting relations between consumers and citizens, the private and the public, the global and the local, the media user and the producer. You will acquire the expertise to apply these insights and conduct research in relation to a wide range of topics and organisations, including—but not limited to—the media and cultural industries. Also, you can join two different Honours Projects and you will have the opportunity to extend your study to go on exchange.

Trained by international experts in an interactive class environment, Media, Culture & Society graduates are thus equipped with theoretical and hands-on knowledge about current and future media developments. The programme’s distinctive focus on the labour market facilitates graduates’ access to high profile jobs in the fields of media and digital technologies, culture, marketing, politics, and beyond.

The Voice

One of the courses: Media, Culture and Globalisation

Media and media entertainment play an important role in the international spread of culture. You will critically examine the intensification of international cultural flows and their connection with emergent technological developments, such as satellite television, digitalisation and the internet, and the growth of multinational media conglomerates. While many of these flows originate in Western societies —think of The Voice, Disney, MTV and James Bond — the course also pays attention to genres and formats that originate in the Global South and are sold all over the world, including Bollywood films and South American telenovelas.


Alumna testimonial

“It might sound cliché, but choosing this Master was the first conscious decision that I made based on a passionate interest in something. Many theories and methodologies that I learned about in the Master are recurrently coming back in my current work. I also feel that I learned good work ethics during my time at Erasmus University Rotterdam, for example in professional academic writing. The personal touch is truly what separates this programme from many other university departments. It is so important to feel this positively about your study environment.” Andrea Gudmundsdottir (Iceland) PhD candidate, University of Hong Kong.

Premaster Media Studies

Would you like to obtain an English Master's degree in Media Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam, but do you lack the correct prior education? Then you are a likely candidate to enrol in the premaster programme for Media, Culture & Society or Media & Business at Erasmus University Rotterdam. This programme is fully taught in English.The premaster programme for the Master Media Studies in Rotterdam is a highly intensive one-year course preparing you for the Master’s programme Media, Culture & Society or Media & Business. You will learn about statistics and acquire academic skills, write a large number of essays and, to top it all off, conduct independent research. Clearly, we expect a lot of you. But your efforts will be rewarded when you can start the Master’s programme in the following year. The English premaster programme has a limited number of 25 spots available each academic year.

Program taught in:
  • English
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This course is Campus based
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1 - 2 years
2,060 EUR
€ 2,060 per year for EEA students and € 10,800 for non-EEA students.
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