M.A. Media and Performance Studies

Utrecht University

Application deadline: Start in 1 February: October (non-EEA: September). Start in 1 September: April (non-EEA: December).
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,906 / Year (EEA)
  • € 15,150 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: February  2015, September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 120 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master's in Media and Performance focuses on the cultural construction of old and new media, and the relationship between media, culture and society from historical and theoretical perspectives.

Research in the field of Media and Performance Studies at Utrecht University is specifically interested in emerging media, comparative media research, and the relationship among media, culture and society in a global context from both historical and theoretical perspectives. Students will receive a thorough grounding in the theoretical and historical approaches to media and performance and their impact on citizenship, cultural identity, new forms of (popular) representation, entertainment, and cultural participation. The Research Master in Media Studies is aimed at excellent students with a strong background in the history and theory of stage/screen media (theatre, dance, film, television, digital media). We welcome students with an interest in theoretical and historical research in media and performance, their cultural construction and institutional embedding, their impact on citizenship, cultural identity, old and new forms of (popular) representation, entertainment and cultural participation.


The Research MA programme in Media Studies focuses on the cultural construction of old and new media, both diachronically (emerging media) and synchronically (comparative media studies). From ancient theatre to cinema, from interactive television to You Tube, from multi-media dance performances to computer games, media shape, and are shaped by, various historical and contemporary audiences and contexts (media cultures). Media are the means by and through which identity, culture, meaning and memory are constructed and performed; they cater to our desires, give space to our imagination and show us reality by producing it. In this programme, media thus are also studied in relation to performance, understood both as practice and as a perspective. This approach stands in contrast to, on the one hand, definitions of media studies based solely upon a supposition of the technological, semiotic or aesthetic specificity of individual media, and, on the other hand, to abstract conceptions of media neglecting their formal and cultural concreteness.

The faculty combines a strong interest in historical research in local and regional media practices (in the Netherlands and in the global context) with theoretical interests in intermediality, embodiment and visuality. Media and Performance Studies in Utrecht is also known for research into recent developments in the field of audiovisual and digital media and their impact on the arts, culture and society. Students are invited to participate in these research activities.

The MA programme in Media Studies is made up of three components: * Interdisciplinary training and introduction to the field of research (15 ECTS).
* Academic specialisation (75 ECTS).
* MA thesis (30 ECTS).

Students may start their MA programme in Media Studies twice during the academic year: on September 1 and on February 1. The year is divided into two semesters, running from September till January and February till June. A semester is divided into two course periods. Normally students will take two courses of 7.5 ECTS each per period.


Additional language requirements: * Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English: B1
* Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: C1
* IELTS overall band: 6.5
* IELTS writing: 6
* TOEFL paper based: 580
* TOEFL computer based: 237
* TOEFL internet based: 93

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 (IETLS 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.

75 (Grade B)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 93


Scholarship: Yes

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