M.Sc. Media Technology

Leiden University

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: December (non-EEA: October). Start in 1 September: June (non-EEA: April).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,915 / Year (EEA)
  • € 20,100 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: March  2015, September  2015, March  2016
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time
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The programme recognises creativity as an important factor in scientific innovation. It encourages students to conduct research by creating innovative solutions, inspired by science.

The two-year programme is a joint initiative of the computer science institute within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and the Faculty of Creative and Performing Arts. It is a place where students, artists and researchers are encouraged to develop scientific questions, with creativity as a leading factor. The curriculum focuses on the creative exploration and the understanding of science and technology. The programme encourages its students to draw from the knowledge available throughout Leiden University and the Art Science Interfaculty in The Hague. The programme's goal is to stimulate innovation and creativity in scientific research by the innovative application of technology.


The Media Technology MSc programme at Leiden University takes two years. However, with the investment of an appropriate amount of extracurricular time, the media programme can be finished within 20 months. It is a relatively intense study programme and students should be prepared to study full-time. The Media Technology MSc programme consists of three semesters and an extension. Each semester focuses on specific issues. During the first and second semesters students take a number of basic courses and carry out several projects.

Elective courses

Within the Media Technology curriculum a portion of the total credits can be obtained by following elective courses. Throughout the academic year there are many electives available within different faculties and departments of Leiden University and the Interfaculty Art Science in The Hague. Students are also allowed to take electives in, for instance, Computer Science, Psychology, Art History, Linguistics and Philosophy.

Projects As well as courses, student projects are also important in the Media Technology MSc programme. The projects most often involve creating actual products: software, hardware, something made from sticky tape perhaps. Because we are convinced that by doing, making and creating, new insights into the underlying research question are encountered. The resulting findings are published and exhibited at conferences and exhibitions. Media Technology can be said to deliver autonomous scientists, just as art academies deliver autonomous artists.

Many courses contain a project in which teams of students put the knowledge they have gained into practice, commonly resulting in some physical installation. In such projects, students must also research existing knowledge, and write papers that motivate their projects and discuss the results. Throughout the third semester, a project is scheduled in which students create innovative concepts that result in an actual product. The process of researching while creating the product is as important as the product itself. All projects start from their own theme, and the resulting products are presented to the general public in an exhibition. Graduation takes the form of a similar research project in which the scientific aspects are prominent. Graduation theses within the Media Technology programme are publishable scientific papers, not lengthy dissertations. Students are encouraged to submit their graduation papers to international journals, conferences and art festivals.


  • A BSc degree from Leiden University in Computer Science or with a BSc major Computer Science from Leiden University. Students holding such degree will directly be admitted to the programme.
  • For all other applicants, the Admission Committee will judge the equivalence of their previous training to these Bachelor of Science degrees. The Media Technology MSc programme is a logical continuation for students with a background in: Computer Science, Performing and Creative Arts, Artificial Intelligence, Psychology (esp. Experimental Psychology), several exact sciences, Arts and Technology, Interaction Design, Communication Studies.
  • The admission process may include an interview by the Admissions Committee. Applications are judged with observance of specific work- and training experience relating to the field of Media Technology.
  • Most importantly, candidates should have a demonstrable interest in science and scientific research, but also affinity with technology and creativity. They must dare to go beyond established paths and enjoy critical thinking.

Non-native speakers of English are required to submit proof of sufficient proficiency in English. Dutch students with VWO level English are exempt from this requirement. See Leiden University´s general admission requirements for further details. Having your own laptop computer is strongly recommended for students within the Media Technology MSc programme.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

60 (Grade B2)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 575
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Technological Requirements

The programme deals with technological depths. Applicants must know computer programming or they must want to learn computer programming.



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