Utrecht University

New Media and Digital Culture, M.A.

During the New Media and Digital Culture programme at Utrecht University, you will delve into the many aspects of what it means to live in an age of new media. Guided by an international team of experienced scholars, you will assist with current research projects and learn to reflect critically on how present-day cultures are shaped by games, social media, internet activism, apps, data visualisations, mobile devices, algorithms, and participatory platforms.

About

Assess the meanings and effects of new media

New media produced by vast and rapidly expanding creative and commercial industries have become an important part of many everyday activities. Would you like to explore how they are changing our daily practices and cultures?

During the New Media and Digital Culture programme at Utrecht University you will complete a research internship to complement your theoretical knowledge with hands-on practice. By actively taking part in ongoing research, you will build an extensive network of international connections that will help you start a promising career.

Moderately sized groups of students, individual tutoring, and the chance to participate in international research projects provide you with multiple ways to develop your skills, explore your interests, and achieve valuable academic and personal results. Our dynamic and active community of students, alumni, and scholars provides a wide array of extracurricular activities and access to a large network of practitioners, media artists, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and activists from the most diverse strands of digital culture.

After graduation
  • You have developed the vocabulary to analyse and reflect on the meanings, functions, and effects of new media technologies.
  • You will be able to translate your new media knowledge and skills into practical advice, policies, and applications.
  • You have acquired the tools to become a critical citizen, journalist, researcher, teacher, writer, designer, or policy-maker of the future.
Career prospects

As a graduate of NMDC you are well equipped to fill a position in educational and cultural institutions, governmental institutions or in Media & ICT industries.

Accreditation

  • Accredited by the NVAO

Programme Structure

Courses
  • Research lab 1: situating research (compulsory)
  • New media theories: thinkers, debates, and questions (compulsory)
  • Game studies: theory to practice (compulsory)
  • Research lab 2: designing research (compulsory)
  • The datafied society: networks, software, and politics
  • The mobile, the social, and the urban: the myth and messiness of connectivity
  • Transmedia
  • Master's thesis in new media & digital culture (compulsory)
  • Research internship new media & digital culture (compulsory)

Detailed Programme Facts

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: 93

    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

  • You have a Bachelor’s diploma from a Dutch university (or international equivalent) in: Any Bachelor’s programme that demonstrates a clearly identifiable interest in (or affiliation with) media and/or cultural studies;
  • You have knowledge of and insight in Media and Cultural Studies theories and debates, as shown by having taken at least 15 EC worth of courses in this field at advanced Bachelor's level, or an equivalent of this.
  • You have knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative research methods particular to the Humanities and/or Social Sciences, as well as working knowledge of the main concepts used in Media and Cultural Studies, as shown by having taken at least 7.5 EC worth of courses in this field on Bachelor's level, or an equivalent of this.
  • Proof of your proficiency in English (CAE- Level B, CPC- Grade C).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 15167 International
  • EUR 2006 EU/EEA

Funding

Scholarships, fellowships, and grants offered by Utrecht University, the Dutch government, and other organisations can help fund your studies at the university. Please note that the scholarship options for programmes starting in February are limited.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.