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What will I learn?

The Media Technology master’s programme is the place where science and creativity meet. You are encouraged to formulate your own scientific questions and translate personal inspirations and curiosities into research projects.

What does this master’s programme entail?

In the Media Technology master’s programme we offer you a place where students, artists and scientists do research by creating innovative solutions, inspired by results and principles of science. To achieve this, the curriculum focuses on creative exploration and on the understanding of science and technology. The programme encourages you to draw from the knowledge available throughout Leiden University and the Art Science programme of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After graduation you are prepared for any future career involving creative and critical thinking, and in particular prepares them for a future in scientific research.

Why study Media Technology at Leiden University?

  • The programme's goal is to stimulate innovation and creativity in scientific research by innovative application of technology.
  • Individual and group projects - in which you realise actual products – are important in the Media Technology MSc programme. It may result in a scientific paper, but also in art installations, designs, computer programmes, etc.
  • You will be prepared for any future career involving creative and critical thinking. The programme is also an excellent preparation for a future in scientific research.

Career prospects

With an MSc degree in Media Technology you will be an autonomous scientist, prepared for a career involving creative and critical thinking. In particular, the programme prepares you for a future in scientific research.

Acquired skills and competence

You understand not only the fundamental principles and organisation of academia, but also the importance of creativity and playfulness in academic research. You have knowledge and skills in computer programming, other specialist areas (e.g. artificial intelligence, creative and performative arts, philosophy, cognitive science, linguistics), and in the use of various media and technologies within virtual and physical environments. You are able to communicate with colleagues/peers in science as well as with a wider public, and have the ability to act as independent researcher and thinker with a critical attitude.


After completing the Media Technology MSc you will have a broad array of career prospects: our alumni hold positions ranging from PhD researcher to creative entrepreneur. Students with a Media Technology MSc degree are admissible to a PhD programme, and if you have the desire to apply your knowledge of Media Technology outside the university, there are good job possibilities in the creative industry. Graduates also choose artistic professions or a career in teaching in higher professional education (HBO). In fact, any job that combines creative and scientific thinking is suitable. Media Technology students find a job within 6 months after graduation, with more than 60% within one month (December 2019).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (2 Years)

Tuition fees
€18,016.00 (14,55,250) per year
Application deadline

Expected October 2022

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Leiden University

Rapenburg 70,



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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