Media Studies: Book and Digital Media Studies

Universiteit Leiden

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Deze opleiding

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The MA Book and Digital Media Studies at Leiden University covers a broad range of topics related to reading and the circulation of text in manuscript, print and digital form.

Develop your expertise in the dynamic process of knowledge transmission through analogue and digital media with the MA Book and Digital Media Studies.

The only programme of its kind in the Netherlands, this master's teaches you essential skills in how to critically assess academic theories in the field of publishing and textual media as well as Book Studies.

Leiden University is an internationally-recognised centre for the study of humanities. Our students access unique resources at the famous Leiden University Library and the 'Press Room' of Academic Press Leiden and learn from leading scholars in the field.

Study the historical development and modern practice of textual communication from Gutenberg to Google. Much attention is given to the far-reaching consequences of the digital revolution for the world of the book. Take field trips to world-famous institutions including the seventeenth-century Bibliotheca Thysiana, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, and the Antwerp Museum Plantin-Moretus.

  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty was recently ranked 17th worldwide in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking.
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diplomaMA Mediastudies
typeregulier, 60 EC
start1 februari, 1 september
taalvolledig English
opleidingsduur12 maanden voltijd
heeft geen numerus fixus
heeft een honours programma
Geesteswetenschappen: Jouw vooruitzicht op werk

Waarom aan de Universiteit Leiden?

Leiden University offers ambitious students the latest knowledge and the freedom to develop their own area of expertise.
  • Leiden University's Humanities Faculty recently ranked 17th in the Times Higher Education worldwide ranking. You learn from some of the world's leading scholars in disciplines ranging from linguistics to history and literature, as well as experts from our many international partner institutions.
  • Leiden University is one of Europe's top research universities and an international centre of expertise. Students access the unique and outstanding resources of Leiden University, including its world-famous library.
  • Our reputation as a centre of excellence means that your qualification is respected by organisations worldwide. Our graduates enjoy successful careers thanks to their mix of relevant professional skills, in-depth knowledge and academic abilities.

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The Master's in Book and Digital Media Studies is taught across two semesters and comprises compulsory courses, elective courses and the writing of an MA thesis.
The aim of the first semester is to prepare you for the specialisations that you will choose during your second semester. This part of the programme provides a solid basis and introduction to the field, conceptually, empirically and practically, via a number of compulsory core courses. You also have the opportunity to broaden your knowledge via elective courses.

During your second semester you choose between four specialisations: History of the Book, Publishing Studies, Digital Access to Cultural Heritage and Digital Text and Data Processing. The second part of the second semester is spent writing your MA thesis.

A detailed curriculum for the Master's in Book and Digital Media is available in the e-Prospectus, which applies to the current academic year:

For a detailed overview of the curriculum, please visit the e-prospectus:
History of the Book 1: Developments and Practice
5 EC
New Media and Society: Media philosophy
5 EC
Digital Media Technology
5 EC
The Manuscript of the Book in the West
5 EC
Bridging Theory and Practice
5 EC
5 EC
MA Thesis
20 EC
Two electives
10 EC


taal van onderwijs100% en
The aim of the MA Book and Digital Media Studies programme is to provide you with in-depth knowledge of the history of the written word and academic theories within the field of publishing and textual media. You will graduate with detailed knowledge of the most relevant issues and important academic skills in the field of Book Studies.
honours-/excellence program Leiden Leadership Programme

The Leiden Leadership Programme (LLP) is an honours programme of 15 ECs on top of the regular master's curriculum. The programme consists of training courses, seminars and a practical assignment.

Are you looking for an extra challenge in addition to your Leiden master's programme? Are you adventurous enough to look beyond the borders of your own master's programme? The Leiden Leadership Programme may be just what you are looking for.

The programme gives you the opportunity to develop your leadership skills. You will follow seminars and courses, as well as carrying out a practical assignment for a company or organisation as part of a small, multidisciplinary team. Your lecturers will be leading academics and experienced professionals from the business sector.

Toelating en studiekosten

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1 februari 2018
aanmelding deadline : 1 december 2017
collegegeld nog niet bekend
1 september 2018
aanmelding deadline : 15 juni 2018
collegegeld nog niet bekend

Applicants should have completed components at the bachelor's level equivalent to at least 30 ECTS in the field of Book Studies with comparable content and course objectives.

A bachelor's degree from a university, equivalent to the level of a Dutch academic bachelor's degree.

studie kosten
bron: Universiteit Leiden
bedrag kostenpost
€ 10000levensonderhoudper jaar
inbegrepen in collegegeld

estimated monthly costs

bron: Nibud
350kamerhuur in Leidenrond het landelijk gemiddelde
158collegegeldop basis van € 1906 per jaar
80studieboeken en -spullen
77uiterlijkkleding, kapper, schoenen
132vrije tijdstappen, uit eten, vakantie
42vervoernaast de OV-kaart

€ 1218totale maandelijkse uitgaven landelijk gemiddelde is € 1181
Hiernaast staat een overzicht van de gemiddelde kosten die een uitwonende student heeft. Niet iedere student heeft met iedere kostenpost te maken. Het totaalgemiddelde is dus niet gelijk aan de optelsom van alle kostenposten.

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Studenten en studentenleven


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26505 studenten aan de Universiteit Leiden
60% daarvan is vrouw
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Op kamers in Leiden

31058studenten studerend
12630studenten woonachtig   
€ 350gemiddelde kamerprijs
kamer betaalbaarheid
20 m2gemiddelde kameroppervlak
kamer beschikbaarheid
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aan het woord: studenten en docenten

Gloria Moorman
Gloria Moorman - Student Testimonial Book and Digital Media Studies Leiden University

History of the Book
During my final year as a BA student in Italian Language and Culture at Leiden, I decided to broaden my academic horizon through the minor in Book Studies ('Boek, Boekhandel & Uitgeverij') because I had always been passionate about books...
Through the excellent, highly personal supervision offered throughout this master's, particularly during the research for my final thesis, and a generous grant offered by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome (KNIR) I was able to unite the theoretical elements from my interdisciplinary background, and gain the necessary skills for pursuing a career as a researcher.

Pursuing a PhD
I am currently a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick's Centre for the Study of the Renaissance, where I am investigating the development of the town atlas genre during the 16th and 17th centuries, with Blaeu's Theatrum Italiae (1663). as the main focal point.

lees verder ...
Prof. Paul Hoftijzer
Testimonial Prof. Paul Hoftijzer

“There are striking parallels between the invention of book printing and the introduction of the internet: Johannes Gutenberg and Bill Gates have a lot in common.”

“When I was studying history in Leiden, I read a book that put forward a challenging hypothesis about the relationship between the invention of printing and the Renaissance, Reformation and new science. Since then, my interest in the subject has never waned and I decided to become a book historian...
This is undoubtedly related to the far-reaching communications revolution which we are currently experiencing as a result of the advent of digital media.

There are striking parallels between the invention of book printing and the introduction of the internet, for example with regard to their influence on society and culture, the position of the author or the effect of censorship. Johannes Gutenberg and Bill Gates have a lot in common.

This master's is characterised by the interaction between the present and the past: we treat the history of the written and printed word in close relation to present-day developments in the world of the book and digital media.

In addition, Leiden has fantastic resources available in our field, all within easy reach: the University Library, the Bibliotheca Thysiana, many museums, but also renowned book shops and publishing houses, such as Koninklijke Brill, which has been in existence since 1683.”

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Media Studies: Book and Digital Media Studies aan de Universiteit Leiden is beoordeeld door 38 respondenten. Gemiddeld waarderen ze de opleiding met 3.8 uit 5.

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Beroepsperspectief / arbeidsmarkt

Graduates of the MA in Book and Digital Media Studies leave with a well-developed knowledge of the history, theory and practice of books and textual transmission.
Leiden University's Humanities graduates do very well in the job market. A master's degree enhances the career prospects of all bachelor's graduates. Our alumni have gone on to pursue successful careers in a wide range of fields, including all branches of the book trade, libraries, the cultural heritage sector and the knowledge industry. They have also found employment as antiquarians, booksellers, librarians, curators and project managers for publishing companies.

Some of the positions of our graduates include:

  • Account manager at a publishing house
  • Project officer at a governmental agency specialising in cultural heritage
  • PhD candidate at a university in the United Kingdom
  • Project leader at a university library
  • Desktop publishing editor at a publishing house
  • Technical marketing coordinator at a publishing house
  • Communications officer and author on company history at a multinational publishing group
  • Assistant editor at a publishing house
  • Event manager at a Russian academic library
  • Editor at a consultancy company
  • Project manager at a foundation collecting original (historic) manuscripts to set up a library.

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