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The award
BA

How long you will study
36 months

Domestic course fees
EUR 2060

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
EUR 8300

All study options

About Media Studies at University of Groningen

Media are at the heart of contemporary life. From social media to print, from websites to television, from search engines to apps: our understanding of the world is shaped by media.

Media have a major impact not only on how wecommunicate with one another, but also on how societies areorganised: culturally, politically and economically.

This programme focuses on the informative and socialfunction of media and applies 'culture' in its anthropologicaldefinition: as the ideas, customs and social behaviour ofparticular (groups in) societies.

You will acquire knowledge and understanding of howdifferent media platforms operate and interplay; how media systemsare underpinned politically and economically; and how patterns ofmedia use, production and content develop and change. You willlearn to apply different types of academic research methods on avariety of topics. You will develop professional skills to help youperform in media-related internships and jobs.

The programme's distinctive features are:

  • an international, comparative and interdisciplinary set-up
  • a focus on the informative and social function of media
  • emphasis on the practices of media use and production
  • attention for professional skills

Media are at the heart of contemporary life. From social media to print, from websites to television, from search engines to apps: our understanding of the world is shaped by media.

Media have a major impact not only on how we communicatewith one another, but also on how societies are organised:culturally, politically and economically. Thisprogramme focuses on the informative and social function of mediaand applies 'culture' in its anthropological definition: as theideas, customs and social behaviour of particular (groups in)societies.

You will acquire knowledge and understanding of howdifferent media platforms operate and interplay; how media systemsare underpinned politically and economically; and how patterns ofmedia use, production and content develop and change. You willlearn to apply different types of academic research methods on avariety of topics. You will develop professional skills to help youperform in media-related internships and jobs.

The programme's distinctive features are:

  • an international, comparative and interdisciplinary set-up
  • a focus on the informative and social function of media
  • emphasis on the practices of media use and production
  • attention for professional skills

 

After your studies

Job prospects

As a graduate of Media Studies you have acquired the skills you need for the job market of the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and commitment. Employers,whether in profit or non-profit organisations, are looking forpeople that are able to combine practical, conceptual and strategicthinking - exactly what we aim for with this degree.

As a graduate of Media Studies you have acquired the skills you need for the job market of the 21st century: creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration and commitment. Employers,whether in profit or non-profit organisations, are looking forpeople that are able to combine practical, conceptual and strategicthinking - exactly what we aim for with this degree.

Job examples

  • Social media strategy advisor

    Develop and implement the social media strategy for a non-profitcrowd sourcing organisation.

  • Digital product manager

    Develop and optimalize the digital product range for a mediumsized youth and education publisher.

  • Content and campaign manager

    Develop the website and the social media campaigns for acommercial broadcasting organisation

  • Webtv producer

    Produce audiovisual content for a digital televisionchannel.

  • Advisor/consultant

    Advise on the e-consulting strategy for a major healthinstitution.

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Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardBAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study36 months
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesEUR 2060International course feesEUR 8300

Notes about fees for this course

http://www.rug.nl/bachelors/media-studies/admission-and-application#int

Entry requirements

Admissible Dutch diploma profiles

  • CM
  • EM
  • NG
  • NT
  • HBO-p

    Dutch students with a 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma need to meet thelanguage requirements mentioned in the Teaching and Examinationregulations.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

Minimum requirement of TOEFL iBT 90 (with a minimum of 21 on allitems), or IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6 on all items. LanguageCentre English Test (LCET) B2 on all items (preferably C1).

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an InternationalBaccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diplomathat is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university. Dutchstudents with a 'hbo-propedeuse' diploma need to meet the languagerequirements mentioned in the Teaching and Examinationregulations.

Admission requirements

Specific requirementsMore information
language test

For Dutch students a VWO diploma suffices.

previous education

Dutch VWO diploma, a German Abitur, an InternationalBaccalaureate diploma, a European Baccalaureate or another diplomathat is sufficient for acceptance to a Dutch university.

Registration procedure

For all admission-related questions, feel free to contact ouradmission officer via arts.ba.admission@rug.nl.

Choice of degree programme check

The degree programme will organize a matching procedure. Attendance is compulsory. The advice is not binding.

Explanatory notes

Are you a Dutch student planning to start a Bachelor's degree programme in September 2017? If so, you need to register withStudielink before 1 May 2017. The Faculty will then invite you totake part in a matching activity to find out whether the degree programme is the right one for you. Registration before 1 May andparticipation in the matching activity are both mand atory. Moreinformation on: www.rug.nl/matching

What students think about University of Groningen

    If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    Ana Quintana, Mexico, Strategic Innovation Management

    I gained a Bachelor's degree in Management & Marketing in Mexico City before I came to the Netherlands to undertake my Master's programme. During my Bachelor's studies, I spent a semester in Canada and I wanted to expand my international (study) experiences before starting work. I was keen to focus on innovation which is not usually offered in Mexico hence the combination of Innovation and Strategy in one programme directed me to Groningen.

    My Master's thesis dealt with Innovation in family businesses and I now benefit from the intense research modules offered during the programme. Now I am working as a Promotion Manager in charge of the several customer loyalty programs offered by one of Mexico's biggest hotel chains. Although the Master's program was rather theoretical, I feel that it prepared me very well for my current job. 

    There was nothing about Groningen that I did not like: the city is just beautiful. I especially enjoyed going everywhere by bike, the variety of offers for students and, of course, the Queensday (now Kings Day) celebrations. Groningen has everything to make (foreign) students feel at home.

    Looking back a year after my return to Mexico, I feel that I especially enjoyed getting to know Dutch culture. In addition, the courses offered and the beauty of the city made my stay in Groningen an unforgettable experience. If I had to choose a Master's programme again, I would be on a flight to Groningen.

    I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law

    Lejla Terzimehic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Global Criminal Law

    Thanks to the European Commission Scholarship and the Talent Grant from the University of Groningen, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of law that I am most passionate about, at one of the oldest and most prestigious European universities.

    Being very intellectually challenging, the master programme truly met my expectations. Sharing knowledge with my colleagues, all coming from different legal traditions, and learning from inspiring professors enriched me with the skills I hadn't attained during my previous education.

    What I found to be the most beneficial is that the Dutch education system which, taught us to develop a critical opinion on law-related issues. Moreover, this master programme had a unique approach in tackling controversial contemporary legal issues. Due to its strong comparative emphasis, it encouraged us to keep at constant track with our national law, which is of a huge significance.

    Both the master and a 6-month long internship at the International Criminal Tribunal for The Former Yugoslavia strengthened my belief in Justice. Furthermore, besides this academic benefit, I believe that studying abroad unequivocally broadens our horizons and tests prejudices we even are not aware of.

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