Media Technology, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The Media Technology master’s programme is the place where science and creativity meet. You are encouraged to formulate your own scientific questions and translate personal inspirations and curiosities into research projects.


What does this master’s programme entail?

In the Media Technology master’s programme we offer you a  place where students, artists and scientists do research by creating innovative solutions, inspired by results and principles of science. To achieve this, the curriculum focuses on creative exploration and on the understanding of science and technology. The programme encourages you to draw from the knowledge available throughout Leiden University and the ArtScience programme of the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague. After graduation you are prepared for any future career involving creative and critical thinking, and in particular prepares them for a future in scientific research.

Why study Media Technology at Leiden University?
  • The programme's goal is to stimulate innovation and creativity in scientific research by innovative application of technology. 
  • Your student project - in which you realize an actual product – is important in the Media Technology MSc programme. It may result in a scientific papers, but also in art installations, designs, computer programmes, etc.
  • You will be prepared for any future career involving creative and critical thinking. The programme is also an excellent preparation for a future in scientific research.

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
  • More information Go to the programme website

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.

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  • 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 Applies to you

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

    2060 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2060 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Leiden

  • 850 - 1250 EUR/month
    Living Costs

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


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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