With roots in philosophy, history and discourse analysis, the two-year Research Master's in Media Studies explores pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture.
An interdisciplinary approach to Media Studies
The two-year Media Studies Research Master's programme offers an interdisciplinary, humanities-oriented approach to media. It considers media as cultural discourses and practices, technological infrastructures, as well as powerful political-economic actors.
With roots in philosophy, history, and literary studies, as well as science and technology studies, sociology, and political science, this discipline has developed pertinent theoretical approaches to the study of media in contemporary culture. The programme teaches students to engage with crucial theoretical concepts and current issues and to develop their own research practices culminating in the Research Master's thesis.
A tailor-made programme
Closely connected with the one-year Master's programmes in Media Studies, the Research Master's allows students to specialise in Film Studies, Television & Cross-Media Studies, New Media & Digital Culture, or Archival and Information Studies. In addition, the programme gives students ample opportunity to develop their own customised programme by taking electives, master classes, summer and winter schools, and, most prominently, tutorials, which are taught in small groups and are focused on specific areas of research.
Research Master's students are encouraged to profit from Amsterdam’s pioneering art and media scene, with its many festivals, exhibitions and installations, as well as conferences, lectures, and workshops.
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).
Many Research Master's graduates find employment in public sectors related to their fields, such as government agencies, advisory boards, education, media and cultural institutions, as well as in museums, broadcasting companies, and digital publishing and archival organisations. There is and will continue to be a great demand for expertise in the areas of new media and digital culture, audio-visual presentation and representation, information storage and retrieval, and contemporary cross-media culture.
The Research Master's also prepares its participants for a career as a lecturer or researcher in the field of media studies. Specifically, students will be eligible to compete for a place in a PhD programme in the Netherlands or abroad in a discipline related to Media Studies. Over the past years, our Research Master's students have found PhD places in the Netherlands at the universities of Amsterdam, Utrecht, Groningen, and Maastricht, as well as abroad at, among others, the University of California, Los Angeles, Lund University, University of Siegen, and Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.
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Last updated October 11, 2018