Media Technology, M.Sc.

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  • 24 months
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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 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.


Accredited by: NVAO in: Netherlands

Programme Structure

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • 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: 6.5

    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.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2): 60

    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: 575

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 90

    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

  • 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.

Technological Requirements

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

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 17800 International
  • EUR 1984 EU/EEA


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