On this page you will find important details of the application process (such as deadlines, admission requirements, required documents and application assessment) for the master’s programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures for academic year 2024-2025.
For the master's programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures, admission is based on your quality and suitability. For this, your motivation, previous education and (professional) experience are important.
Important deadlines for application for this study programme
This master’s programme starts in September.
The deadlines below are applicable for applying for a start in September 2024.
When you want to apply or are applying for this study programme, it is important that you inform yourself of the deadlines that you need to meet. The important deadlines when applying for this study programme are provided in the table below.
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|What you need to know about this date
|1 October 2023
|Studielink is open for applications for the academic year 2024-2025
|Up to and including 1 May 2024 23:59 CET
|Deadline for completing the entire application process for non-EU/EEA applicants (these applicants require a visa or residence permit)
|Up to and including 1 June 2024, 23:59 CET
|Deadline for completing the entire application process for applicants from the EU/EEA or Switzerland
In Studielink, you need to choose the starting moment. Please make sure to select September 2024 in the pulldown-menu, so that you will apply for the start of the next academic year.
General requirements: previous education
The admission requirements for academic year 2024/25 for the master’s programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures depend on your previous education. Please check below which requirements apply to you.
Graduates from the UM bachelor's programme Digital Society applying for a continuing Master
You can apply via Studielink before 1 August 2024 for the continuing master’s programme only with a BA Digital Society diploma obtained at Maastricht University, and are guaranteed a place.
Please upload a valid ID and a recent passport picture. Please note: you have to graduate before 1 September 2024. You do not need to write a letter of motivation.
Graduates from a relevant university bachelor's programme
You qualify for admission if you have a bachelor’s degree from a relevant academic field: media or communications studies, film or television studies, history, social science, humanities or liberal arts.
Graduates from another bachelor's programme
Excellent students with a relevant university of applied sciences degree (e.g. HBO/Fachhochschule) or an academic BA or BSc Bachelor in a field that does not grant direct admission into this programme, can follow a pre-master year. Once successfully completed, this will then guarantee you access to the master’s programme Media Studies: Digital Cultures.
Language requirements for English-language master's programmes
As English is the language of instruction in this study programme, it is essential that your English language skills are good enough for you to undertake intensive and challenging academic courses that are taught and examined in English.
Answer the questions below to find out if you meet the language requirements.
Applicants who received their previous education in a non-EU/EEA country (handling fee)
Applicants for this study programme who received their previous education in a non-EU/EEA country will have to pay a handling fee. More information on this handling fee and how to arrange this payment can be found on the Handling fee page.
Essay and interview
In case the Board of Admissions is not entirely convinced about your academic writing skills, we may send you an academic writing assessment.
An interview may also be part of the selection procedure for admission to this programme.
Documents required for application process
During the application process for this study programme you will need to complete a number of tasks for which you will often have to upload documents. The list below gives you an insight into what documents you will (and might) need to prepare.
Required documents for all applicants to this study programme
- A recent passport picture*
The passport picture must satisfy certain requirements.
- A copy of your passport or your EU/EEA identity card*
Make a copy of the page with your personal details. Save this copy as ‘passport copy’ and not as ‘passport picture’. Your passport must be valid on 1 September 2024.
- A copy of your most recent certified grades transcript and a copy of your certified bachelor’s or master’s diploma if you have obtained it
If you have not graduated yet, you can upload your official grades transcript from your bachelor's or master’s programme.
- Your Curiculum Vitae
Please list your education, relevant extracurricular activities and internship/professional experience.
- A motivation letter
Please provide good arguments about why you want to do this master's programme at Maastricht University and why you believe that you can successfully complete the programme. The motivation letter should be between 800 – 1,200 words.
- A writing sample
All candidates should provide proof of sufficient academic writing/research skills. The Board of Admissions asks the candidate to submit an independently written research paper of at least 2,000 words (excluding the footnotes and reference list) on a relevant topic. You can use a paper from earlier studies or another occasion. The submitted work should be written in English.
*As a UM student it is not necessary to upload the above-mentioned documents in the MyApplication portal. However, if your passport will not be valid on 1 September 2024, then you still have to upload a copy of your passport.
Documents that might be required depending on your (academic) background
- Document(s) that demonstrate your proficiency in English
- Answer the questions concerning language requirements under ‘Language requirements for English-language master's programmes’ on this webpage to find out if you need to provide additional documentation. The outcome of your answers will indicate which documents you can use to prove your proficiency.
- If you already have a language test certificate, we strongly recommend that you submit this certificate as part of your application.
How do we assess your application?
When you want to apply or are applying to for this study programme, it is useful to know how we assess your application. You can find more information about this here.
For the master's programme in Media Studies: Digital Cultures, admission is based on your quality and suitability. For this your motivation, prior qualifications and your (professional) experience are important.
Based on the documents you have submitted and the admission procedure for your chosen programme, the UM decides on whether to admit you. Once UM has made a decision on your admissibility, you will be informed about this by email.