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What will I learn?

The master’s programme in Book and Digital Media Studies introduces you to the history of the written and printed word, and to theories and practices of publishing as well as textual media.

Why study Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University?

Throughout the well-rounded core-curriculum of Book and Digital Media Studies, you are encouraged to put your acquired knowledge and skills into practice: in the on-site study of medieval and early-modern printed books, in using programming languages such as XML and Perl, or in engaging in round table discussions with stakeholders in the book industry. The core courses are complemented by a wide range of electives.

Benefit from internship opportunities

Major publishers, for example Brill and Elsevier, and book heritage institutions, such as the National Library of the Netherlands, Leiden University Library and Museum Meermanno (Museum of the Book) foster internship opportunities. The programme also organises regular off-campus activities, including excursions to the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Museum Plantin-Moretus in Antwerp.

Book and Digital Media Studies degree

Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University is an accredited degree programme. After successful completion of this programme, you will receive a master’s degree in Media Studies and the title Master of Arts (MA).

Career prospects

Create a world of opportunities with a master’s degree from Leiden University

What our graduates do

Graduates of the master in Book and Digital Media Studies leave with a well-developed knowledge of the history, theory and practice of textual transmission via manuscript, print and digital media.

Our alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers in a wide range of fields, including all branches of the book trade, libraries, the cultural heritage sector and the knowledge industry. They have also found employment as antiquarians, booksellers, librarians, curators, and project managers for publishing companies.

Some of the positions of our graduates include:

  • Account manager at a publishing house
  • Project officer at a governmental agency specialising in cultural heritage
  • PhD candidate at a university in the United Kingdom
  • Project manager at a university library
  • Desktop publishing editor at a publishing house
  • Technical marketing coordinator at a publishing house
  • Communications officer and author on company history at a multinational publishing group
  • Assistant editor at a publishing house
  • Event manager at a Russian academic library
  • Editor at a consultancy company
  • Project manager at a foundation collecting original (historic) manuscripts to set up a library.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Humanities

Study options

Full Time (1 Year)

Tuition fees
€17,716.00 (14,47,386) per year
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,

LEIDEN,

Zuid-Holland,

2311, Netherlands

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants need a BA or BSc degree (or equivalent) to be admitted to any of Leiden University’s master’s programmes. English-language proficiency: IELTS - 6.0; Toefl (internet based): 80 (component score: 20); Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE), or C1 Advanced (CAE): Cambridge component score of 169.

For international students

  • A copy of a valid passport or ID card
  • A copy of a Dutch residence permit (if applicable)
  • CV (résumé)
  • Language proficiency (if applicable)
  • Copies of diplomas and transcripts
  • Letter of motivation

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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