Media Technology MSc


Student Profile

A typical Media Technology student has an interest to explore, and is motivated to understand and explain things. His/her creativity need not necessarily be expressed in the form of arts, but can relate to any field of interest – creative thinking can be applied to much more than art alone. She/he has an interest in discovering things by actively participating in academic research. Typically, Media Technology students enjoy asking questions inspired by personal observation and finding new ways to answer them.

In principle, students with any bachelors degree are admittable. Also, there is no pre-master year for non-university students.

The programme is a logical continuation for people with a background in for instance:

  • Computer Science
  • Arts
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Psychology (especially Experimental Psychology)
  • Interaction Design
  • Communication Studies
  • Industrial Design
  • and other creative thinkers.
Entry Requirements

In principle students with a bachelors degree can get accepted; students who completed a HBO-studies or demonstrably have completed three years of an academic curriculum might also apply for the Media Technology MSc programme. However, affiliation with technology, science or creativity must be present. The programme deals with technological depths – you have to enjoy this. Programming skills are no prerequisite, but students are expected to acquire them during the programme. Good written and conversation skills in English are necessary, just as a willingness to work in groups with international students. Because much work is done in student groups, flexibility to meet at diverse times is somewhat required.

The Media Technology MSc programme is structured as a full-time programme; there exists no official part-time equivalent. It is a relatively intense study programme and students should be prepared to study (nearly) full-time.

All applications are reviewed by the programme's Applications Committee, which advises Leiden University to accept or decline applications. Applicants motivations, understanding of the programme, prior educational scores, and likeliness to complete the programme are reviewed. Having your own laptop computer is strongly recommended for students of the Media Technology MSc programme. The Media Technology MSc programme starts in the first week of September. It is not advised to start the study at the beginning of the second semester.

Students in possession of a bachelor diploma issued by the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS) can be admitted into the program without selection. However, they nonetheless must hold an interview with the Applications Committee prior to admission during which they can be informed about and discuss the program’s education aims and methods.

Language requirements

Copy of English proficiency certificate evidenced by appropriate language test:

  • IELTS: minimum 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 for each of the components Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • TOEFL: internet based 90
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum grade C

Please note: This requirement does not apply if you have completed your bachelor education in Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia, or an International Baccalaureate or a Dutch diploma level VWO or HBO.

Further Information

For further information about how to apply for the programme you can follow one of the links below:

General admission requirements of Leiden University for international students can be found on the international admission website of Leiden University. For information and questions regarding the application procedures you can contact the programme coordinator.