Media Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    17800 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
University rank #67 (WUR) ,
The Master of Science in Media Technology at Leiden University provides a multidisciplinary study that teaches you how to combine creative and artistic skills with computer science knowledge and create innovative technical solutions. This Master’s degree offers elective courses within faculties of the university such as art science, computer science or philosophy faculties.


The Media Technology MSc programme from Leiden University is a common initiative of the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science within the Faculty Science and the Academy for Creative and Performing Arts.

Reasons to choose Media technology in Leiden

  • We promote and facilitate autonomous and creative scientific research.
  • Research in our programme may result in scientific papers, but also in art installations, designs, computer programmes, etc.
  • We encourage interdisciplinary academic research, driven primarily by personal interest.
  • We prepare students for any future career involving creative & critical thinking, and we prepare them for a future in scientific research. In particular, we equip students with skills and knowledge to pursue a PhD degree.
  • We stimulate cooperation in a truly international learning environment even more through our group projects and assignments.


Job opportunities are diverse. In short, any job in which science and creativity are combined is possible. Common work fields for alumni are:

  • scientific research, such as PhD programmes
  • the creative industry
  • the artistic professions
  • teaching in higher professional education (HBO) level

However, opportunities are limitless and depend greatly on the personal interest of graduates.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

The Media Technology MSc programme at Leiden University takes two years. 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    120 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

  • 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), diverse exact sciences, Arts and Technology, Interaction Design, Communication Studies. The Board of Admissions will assess the equivalence of their previous training to these Bachelor of Science degrees. The admission process may include an interview by the Board of Admissions. 
  • Most importantly, candidates should have a demonstrable interest in science and scientific research, but also an affinity with technology and creativity.
  • The programme deals with technological depths.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17800 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17800 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    16000 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16000 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.

Living costs for Leiden

850 - 1,250 EUR/month
Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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