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Media Studies: Digital Cultures (label: Media Studies)

Maastricht University

Master Postgraduate Maastricht

Course description

Qualification Master of Arts
Field of study Humanities, social sciences, communication and arts
Course summary This English-taught master's programme examines the media's influence on modern society.You focus on analysing recent developments in new media culture & performing research in the field of new media.
Course description Are you fascinated by digital media, especially social media? Would you like to investigate the new media landscape and understand its effects on society? Do you have your sights set on a career in the media world, with an emphasis on digital media and contemporary media practices? If so, Media Studies: Digital Cultures may be the right choice for you. The programme combines theoretical reflection, research on user practices and basic media skills training. Using an interdisciplinary approach, media studies is integrated with political philosophy, philosophical aesthetics, history and sociology of technology. This ensures that you develop the theoretical, analytical and practical skills that are essential to understanding and adapting to the ever-changing media world, whether you are working in a cultural organisation, a broadcasting company, a commercial business or a governmental organisation.
Study subjects Media Studies: Digital Cultures is a one-year international MA programme. The curriculum consists of two semesters: a first, general and introductory semester and a second semester aimed at specialisation and research. During the whole curriculum, students keep a web log with questions and reflections as a preparation for their research in the second semester.
Course objectives The objective of the programme is to provide a deeper understanding of the interrelations between cultural transformations, both within the media and in society at large and developments in media technology, in particular the introduction of digital technologies. The goal is to teach students both how to investigate contemporary media culture and how to participate in it.
ECTS credits 60.00
Duration 12 month(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes literature study, oral presentation, internship, research, excursion, lecture, design project, working group, group assignment, workshop, group discussion, self evaluation, individual assignment, self study, project
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About the institution

Department Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Information about the institution Maastricht University (UM), the most international university in the Netherlands, stands out for its innovative approach to learning and international outlook.


Admission requirements
  1. a certified list of grades
  2. Non-native speakers or applicants who have their undergraduate degree in a language other than English must have one of the following language qualifications: *IELTS with a minimum score of 6.5 *TOEFL with a minimum score of 575 (paper-based), 232 (computer-based) and 90 (internet-based) *Cambridge Proficiency Certificate (grade A, B, C) *Cambridge Advanced Certificate (grade A, B, C+) *a grade in writing skills of at least 6,5 (ielts), 25 (toefl). Students with a Cambridge certificate need to hand in a proof of their partial results.
  3. bachelor's degree in a relevant academic field (media or communications studies, film or television studies, history, social science, humanities or liberal arts)
  4. Include a CV showing relevant work experience, if any
  5. All candidates must write a letter of motivation. Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme.
Language requirements
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English A2
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English A2
IELTS overall band 6.5
IELTS writing 6.5
TOEFL computer based 232
TOEFL internet based 90
TOEFL paper based 575
Professional experience required -
Duration 12 month(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
1 Sep 2019 15 Jul 2019 1 May 2019
1 Sep 2020 15 Jul 2020 1 May 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2060€ 13800€ 13800

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  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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