Curriculum

Each year is divided into two semesters, running from September until January and from February until June. A semester is divided into two study periods (blocks). Students will take three courses (of 5 EC each) per study period. A detailed description of courses can be found here.

The programme consists of two semesters of two study periods each, for a total of 60 EC, scheduled as follows:
 

  • 30 EC of theoretical training and acquisition of knowledge and insights in the field of new media and digital culture, especially around three profiles (mobile/urban, the ludic/games, and the software/data) to be obtained in four courses with group discussions, oral presentations, and writing assignments.
     
  • 15 EC in the form of an MA Thesis. The thesis consists of a scholarly text in which you are expected to contribute, on the basis of independent research, to a debate within the field of new media and digital culture. You are free to choose your own research subject, but are bound to the academic theories and methods in which you were trained.
     
  • 15 EC of practical application of theory and method plus gaining real-life experience in the form of a research internship.
Seminar

Educational methods

  • seminars, group work and lectures
  • research internship
  • self study

Most courses will have a seminar format, meaning group work, oral presentations, and discussions supervised by the course lecturer; some courses will offer additional lecture sessions as well.

In your research internship you will combine a mixture of practical activities with doing an embedded academic study.

You will do a considerable amount of independent study, of which the largest part will be writing your Master’s thesis.

Examinations

  • individual and group essays/papers
  • literature reviews
  • internship research reports
  • oral presentations
  • thesis

This programme is taught in English; however, all writing assignments (including final essays/papers, the research internship report, and the Master's thesis) may also be written in Dutch.